Most people have no doubt heard about cases matching mine where a restart after downloading Service Pack 3/SP3 (I shouldn't have let the automatic updates download it automatically for me, since it was put in effect the moment I restarted for an irrelevant reason) causes the laptop to find itself stuck in an endless cycle of reboots prompted by the ol' BSOD.
Luckily, I can actually get into Safe Mode, and sometimes (like now - it seems pretty random), I can access things under normal settings. However, this glitchy service pack has messed up my Comodo firewall and Avira anti-virus, and refuse to allow them to work. I've run different scans for trojans and malware (Like the online trojan checker, and Dr. Web, and nothing came up. System Restore also won't work.
Oddly enough, SP3 doesn't show up under Add and Remove Programs/Updates (people have suggested deleting it this way), despite my computer stating, under System, that I am indeed using SP3. I've also tried some commands people have suggested I input in RUN, and my computer didn't find the specified files.
What on earth should I do, short of cursing at the screen and throwing my laptop out the window?
At the ends of my wits and keeping my fingers crossed,
Thank you so much for reading.