I have undertaken a lot of changes on my computer past 3 weeks. Although I was protected by an AV program, I managed to get infected with multiple viruses and trojans. I did get help from a trained volunteer at another forum to ensure I was free of malware. I also underwent a lot of updates, some drivers, media player, and I installed and utilized CCleaner clean up and registry, as well as DeFraggler. I am sure I haven't listed everything. I have been very busy on this computer. It works super better now except I can't successfully play DVDs anymore. Right before I discovered the trojans and viruses, both DVD players initially gave me a display driver error code, but then it escalated and boots me out when I try to play a video now. This could be the result of the viruses, the multiple crashes I had, the update to WMP11, the registry cleanups, or I don't know, a combination of factors.
I did uninstall Interactual and reinstalled it and it worked. But then I turned around and uninstalled WMP!! and resintalled it and not only did it still not work, but Interactual again did not work. I have since removed Interactual from my computer, as well as Real Player.
I downloaded XP Codec, and WMP11 still did not work. The Media Player Classic that came with XP Codec download runs but it runs choppy. I downloaded VLC and it runs choppy. Music works fine on everything.
I downloaded GSpot for XP but I stil don't know how to use it.
Also, XP Codec had advised I was missing Lead MCMP-MJPEG basic. So, after I downloaded it, I realized I had the updated version on this codec, and that the download wanted money for their codecs, so uninstalled it. Unfortuantely, it removed all the Lead MCMP-MJPEGs codecs that I did have. I tried to do a system restore, but the codecs that I already had still were gone. However, the problems I am having have remained unchagned by this activity. Hopefully this will not cause me new problems.
I realy need to use the videos for academic purposes, and would like to avoid resintallng my system due to the high work I've put into this system past few weeks and that it runs great now (except video, of course).