Thanks for all the information and assistance. I appreciate that I've taken up a lot of your time!
Media Center does open now without error. No other errors upon bootup.
I have some questions... Sorry, I am just trying to get my thoughts together on what happened and what I do now.
I've run the OTL cleanup and then Power Defragmenter, it ran for quite a while.
As it left no log or details, I had the Auslogics defragger program analyze the disk to see how it looked--and it still shows 17% fragmentation? Is this as good as it gets? Back in the olden days when I had a tiny hard drive and was more diligent about defragging, it seemed like the disk image got quite clean.
It looks like the Chinese folders are gone.
The computer seems stable, better than it has been in much too long.
What was the problem causing the .exe files not to execute? I'm assuming a virus? Or just a Windows error.
I've read the "Preventing Malware and Safe Computing" page, and found this section a little confusing. I'm sure it's just me and not enough coffee but..
It is important to have a good anti-spyware program. We highly recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware
SpywareBlaster protects against bad ActiveX, it immunizes your PC against them.
SpywareGuard offers realtime protection from spyware installation attempts. Make sure you are only running one real-time anti-spyware protection program ( eg : TeaTimer, Windows Defender ) or there will be a conflict.
So I'm running (and have), Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. If I'm running that, I don't need SUPERAntiSpyware, correct?
I can/should also run SpywareBlaster? AND SpywareGuard? or does the warning about running only one real-time antispyware program come into play? Sorry, I'm feeling dense and just want to be clear.
I'm working my way through the other suggestions and will use many of them. I don't use P2P programs, so that's not a problem.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm currently running AVG. Should I switch to one of the recommended anti-virus instead?
Thanks for your patience. As always, Geeks2Go comes through!
Edited by betctru, 15 September 2011 - 06:05 AM.