My PC was working fine up until yesterday morning.
Windows loads up very slowly, I log in and then I get that countdown box that says the "RPC Service terminated unexpectedly" and gives me 60 seconds before restarting.
I remember that this was what the blaster worm did a few years back, but I'm running XP with SP2 with a firewall, anti-virus and anti spyware software installed.
The night before I installed the latest update for XP but that's the only thing that I've installed recently.
I've managed to get around the countdown by using Run>Shutdown -a so I have been able to run the symantec blaster worm removal tool. It says I don't have that. So I ran an anti-virus scan that found nothing, also I ran Windows Defender and it found nothing.
Another thing I've noticed is that the Start bar is a lot smaller and has no quick start icons (it's not there at all in safe mode).
I've tried disabling all of the start up processes but this didn't work. I've tried to do a system restore but it gives me an error message that's something along the lines of "System Restore cannot fix your computer at this time. Please restart and try again".
Does anyone have any ideas?
Motherboard: ASUS K8S
Processor: AMD Athalon 64 3400
OS: Windows XP SP2
Anti Virus: AVG Free