1. think the next step is to trust DriverMax and install the one they are offering, I of course do not know which one that is and only selected the one I proposed as it seemed from the evidence available the coorect one.
If it dioes not work then use the Device Manager, driver tab and roll back driver.
2. Going on from there i would most certainly recommend the uninstall of that Foolbar - media player.
I have had a look at the site and both its history and its reputation seem to not even approach that of VLC FREE media player which is possibly one of the most used and the most trusted available.http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
It will play most forms of media and is provided with good support.
3. Then you need to address the number of items that are on the start list
click the startup tab
In the list those loading at startup have a green check tick in the box to the left
Each of these ticked is loading every time you load Windows
Such matters as
Adobe its updaters and helpers
can all safely be unchecked.
You may either use thishttp://www.systemloo...ists.php?list=2
Ensure you are on the startup list and type in the name.
Check that you are on the tab name, that is below the box, name and filename.
You will then see a result as to YES it is needed
NO it is not
IF YOU HAVE ANY doubt whatsoever LEAVE it unchecked and if you would rather me go through the list, send me a screenshot of the itmes that ARE ticked.
When you have done that, click Apply and OK. It will tell you a restart is necessary.
On doing so a message will appear that you have altered system configuration utility
Simply check the small boc do not show this message again.
DO NOT alter any entry connected with your A/V etc.
Here is another search for startup entries if you wish ithttp://www.bleepingc...r.com/startups/
4. After you have done that please do this - ON IE
go Tools Manage Add-ons
and going through the list of each item
toolbars and extensions
Toolbars you do not need
Search Providers - keep just ONE.
You can of course always use any you wish simply by going to that on the search bar
Accelerators - TOO many do exactly the opposite,.
If you DO NOT use WINDOWS LIVE - regularly disable all of them.
In private filtering does not require your attention.
Do the same on Firefox
Still Tools but then
5. NOW this next part is your decision
There was a time when Firefox was considered by many a better browser than IE. It was thought to be and possibly was more secure.
I can assure you that the general view NOW is that with IE8 that is NOT the case.
IE9 will not run on XP.
Firefox has become in my opinion the very much second choice compared with IE
If you do decide to follow my advice, you can of course import your boomkmarks etc simply by clicking on File tab on IE Import and Export and then import from FIREFOX before uninstalling Firefox in add and remove programs. and see thishttp://support.mozil...lling%20Firefox
To help you here is an extract from one of the recognised authorities on these matters
NSS Labs, an independent security testing facility, turned all six browsers loose against a set of 650 malicious URLs. The results are rather alarming for anyone who doesn't use a recent version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer:
- Internet Explorer 9 blocked 92 percent of the malicious links. (IE8 scored at 90 percent.)
- Only 13 percent of malicious links were blocked by Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
- Opera scored a pathetic 5 percent.
But wait, it gets even better. (Or worse, depending on your preferred browser.) Internet Explorer 9 has a new feature, Application Reputation, which boosted its blocking rate to an astonishing 100 per cent in NSS Labs' test. Application Reputation focuses on downloadable files rather than Web pages. It examines a file's "reputation" in the SmartScreen database: how many times it has been downloaded; is it digitally signed; is the publisher known and reputable; have there been any reports of malware in the file. If a file is known and trusted, the download proceeds without interference from SmartScreen. If it is known malware, you are warned of that fact and given a chance to cancel the download. If it is unknown, you receive a cautionary message before the download is allowed to proceed.
If you do decide to accept my advice, you will I think, notice a difference.
6. Now whether or not you have taken my advice on Firefox run this please. http://www.geekstogo...er-by-oldtimer/
Download the program, close ALL windows to the desktop.
and click start on the window of the TFC
NOTE a small flashing grpahics square is on the to right of the window, justbin case you are in any way susceptible to flashing graphics.
7. After reaching this stage please report how it is and which of my suggestions you HAVE or if it is easier WHICH you have NOT run.