So i'm writing this from Safe Mode with Networking as that seems to be the only way to keep the system stable.
I was working on my computer last night with zero problems. I shut it down and then today I have the following symptoms.
Once i boot, i can open folders on the desktop and open my firewall status etc. However as soon as i click on Firefox, open My computer and select any of the hard drives, or click on the Start menu and start to type in the search field, Windows 7 will freeze and explorer.exe will eventually crash without an error report.
It will simply tell me to end the process, after which i can only view the wallpaper and nothing else works. (No right click menu etc).
When in Safe Mode with Networking, everything works as expected. I can run firefox, navigate all 3 harddrives and search in the start menu.
I'm currently running a Malwarebyte's scan but i'm not sure if i really expect to find anything.
Any idea what it could be and maybe some suggestions to track this down?