This morning I had the little yellow triangle with the exclamation point in it, lettling me know that there was an important security update from windows. I double clicked on the icon and it began to download the updates. Once the updates were DL'ed I again clicked the yellow icon to begin the install. Once the 17 updates were installed I was prompted to restart my computer. Pretty standard stuff, we've probably all done it a hundred times without much thought. Well today all broke loose!
After my restart, my AVG 7.5 e-mail scanner and my firewall were both disabled and I can't get them to work. When I click on activate firewall it gives me this message, "the service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it (1058)." When I click on activate e-mail scanner it does nothing. So I tried to restart my computer again and now my resident shield is down too. It says resident shield is not loaded.
My next thought was to contact AVG for support, but each time I tried to send an e-mail to them it says error sending message, please try again later. That has never happened before. So then I thought maybe something was wrong with the internet, nope websites come up without any issues.
The next thing that happened confused me even more. I tried to share a word document with my networked computer and it doesn't see my other computer. The last thing I tried to do was go to the control panel and click on the windows update tab on the left under See Also (windows XP). When I click on the link it gives me this error message, "Windows cannot find '(null)'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."
It was about that time that I decided to alternate between crying and insulting the family lineage of my computer. I know I have nothing to go on but speculation, but I always feel like someone else has remote access to my computer some how. I know it can't be someone with physical access to my computer because we have cameras. If anyone can offer any suggestions I would be forever greatful. Thanks in advance for anyones time who read this.
I know that you know, that I know they are watching me!