Someone please help me because the next step will be a foot through my computer.
A few weeks ago with no apparent cause, my audio began to mute itself. I use my desktop as an entertainment center so while watching movies, it would suddenly mute itself. When this started, it happened maybe 1-2x / day. Not enough to concern me.
A few days ago, however, I started to find my Windows Media player suddenly opened. Nothing playing, just opened to the library. This only happened a couple of times. Until today.
Today my computer decided to to go crazy on me. The windows media player has been opening itself within seconds of being closed. So I disabled the player and now about every 3 seconds a Caution window pops up with the following message:
"You are attempting to open a file of type 'Application extension' (.dll)
These files are used by the operating system and by various programs. Editing or modifying them could damage your system.
If you still want to open the file, click Open with. Otherwise, click Cancel"
Of course, clicking Cancel just prompts another window to open with the same message.
The audio has also gone nuts. I have the Volume manager open and I can watch it mute and unmute about every 15 seconds.
I have run several virus and spyware searches and have fixed all issues (only cookies were discovered) and I see no changes to my computer's bad behavior.
Someone please tell me what to do? I have heard with XP you can reflash the BIOS. Can I do this with Windows 7? Do I have to reinstall the OS? Is there an easier fix or one that actually identifies the issue?