In normal mode, everytime I try to open a document, run a program, or use a browser, I get the following message: "The specified path does not exist. Check the path, and then try again." This message does not appear in safe mode. I can still see all my files and open file folders.
Also, when I log on to my computer, my firewall is turned off. My settings were to have it always be on.
Finally, when I try to do anything in safe mode the computer starts to run very slowly after a short period of time. I have over two gigs of RAM.
I have had this problem since Saturday morning (about two days ago).
I have unsuccessfully tried the following things:
- running Symantec and Spybot antivirus scans (only in safe mode)
- sytem restore (it was inexplicably disabled)