Tried Ctrl-alt-del but NO TASK MANAGER. Still no task manager so don't know what processes are running.
tried to right click on bar to close, would not pop up, tried start-shutdown - nothing happened. So hard powered off.
When rebooted windows loaded normally but gave me a "TCP/IP NETWORK TRANSPORT NOT INSTALLED" error msg box. And wireless light was not on. Tried a direct connect to the cable modem, lights on USB connector did not light up. Have no internet/ email / networking of any kind functioning.
At first everything else except internet seemed to work fine - just no internet connection, and no wireless light or status icons. Could run other programs, but computer got slower and slower over next few hours - now can run maybe one program like NOTEPAD or similar small one. But once shut it, if I try to open anythng else get [b]INSUFFICIENT SYSTEM RESOURCES error message.
Early on tried to run PC-Cillin but it locked up (it WAS active when initial problem occured). If go to control panel / devices ALL NETWORK CARDS AND SYSTEMS SHOW DRIVER problem - corrupt or not loaded.
Have looked online and tried the regedit, remove WINSOCK, and then imported a "clean" winsock registry from another machine - no help.
Have tried looking at control panel / network drivers etc from SAFEBOOT WITH NETWORKING, all cards etc still show yellow exclaimation mark with missing or corrupt drivers.
At time of problem was running PC-Cillin (up to date) AND PC-Mags STARTUP COP PRO.
4 year old HP laptop ZV5000 series, AMD 64 processor, with built in g wireless. Running Windows XP Home, SP2. Believe has had all updates as of 5/15/08. Will post a HIJACKTHIS log as soon as I can get it to run. Just looking for initial thoughts on what known virus / trojan might do this.