so i seem to be getting 'Bad image' pop ups for every application
Provide any or all of the pop up message details please.
If you have internet capability do this first;
Is your AVG the paid for or free version? If the free version uninstall it using the AVG uninstaller @ http://www.avg.com/ww-en/utilities
and immediately install either Avast or MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) both are free, a lot less demanding on system resources and available @ http://www.geekstogo...yware-software/
If you have no internet capability do this first;
Run the System File Checker tool (SFC) "how to" below
1/ Click the Start button.
2/ From the Start Menu, Click All programs followed by Accessories.
3/ In the Accessories menu, Right Click on the Command Prompt option.
4/ From the drop down menu that appears, Click on the Run as administrator option.
5/ If you have the User Account Control (UAC) enabled you will be asked for authorization prior to the command prompt opening. You may simply need to press the Continue button if you are the administrator or insert the administrator password etc.
6/ In the Command Prompt window, type: sfc /scannow and then press Enter.
7/ A message will appear stating that the system scan will begin.
8/ Be patient because the scan may take some time.
9/ If any files require replacing SFC will replace them. You may be asked to insert your OS DVD for this process to continue.
10/ If everything is okay you should, after the scan, see the following message Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations.
11/ After the scan has completed, Close the command prompt window