That's a shame about your planned trip. The Zombie Apocalypse has brought the world to its knees - not something I ever imagined I'd see. I've lived in Melbourne and rural Victoria all my life and I have always loved the city. The history in it is fascinating. There are still many beautiful old buildings and the stories of early Melbourne are at times quite intriguing. My family has lived here since they emigrated from Scotland three generations ago, and although their history is not particularly extraordinary, I have always found it cool that I have been able to see each house they lived in because they're all within reach of my home. I currently live about two hours from Melbourne in a beautiful little country town in the Otways forest, just a stone's throw from the Great Ocean Road, a "must-see" if you do make it here one day. But back to my bucketload of problems...
With the C++ files, I've noticed in the past the abundance of versions and wondered if they were removable. When you say I should remove the accompanying one when uninstalling software- how do I know which one belongs to it and whether it is a shared file? I was always under the impression that uninstalling them could be deleterious to my system and thus left them alone. Which ones can I comfortably remove right now?
I have the latest version of Revit (2020) but I installed it while Revit 2019 was still installed, expecting it to upgrade it, but it seems to have installed it alongside it instead. Apparently it is a somewhat insidious program to uninstall, it has spawn in all kinds of places on the hard drive. There is a method Autodesk (producer of Revit, AutoCAD, et al) instructs you to use to clean it from your system (https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-Complete-a-Clean-Uninstall-of-Revit-products.html), should I remove just 2019, or both copies and reinstall 2020. Both 2019 and 2020 came directly from the Autodesk website and were legitimately registered, not keygenned or anything shady, so I would have expected them to not be corrupt.
As for the other software - I hate iTunes passionately, but unfortunately Apple ensures that you must install it if you ever hope to do anything with your phone other than make calls on it until it becomes obsolete. I will reinstall it as suggested.
WizFile has me puzzled, as I use this on almost a daily basis because I have a memory like a sieve, and have only had it freeze on me once or twice in years of use. It works just like Windows index search function (the one at the top right corner of Windows Explorer folders) but reads the hard drive's Master File Table directly from the hard drive, producing search results almost instantly. I have found it indispensable. Its sister program WizTree is a truly brilliant piece of software that saved my sanity in the space of just 8 seconds when I found that my hard drive had almost completely filled up, from ~500gb to 900gb, overnight and I had no idea why, or where to begin looking for the culprit. It presents a colour graphic representation of the files on your hard drive, looks a bit like Lego, so you can see immediately the biggest drive-space hogs (represented by the largest blocks in the image) and address them accordingly (http://antibody-soft...ree treemap.jpg). It took 8 seconds to produce my results and immediately I could easily see the offending file. The previous day I had shown my youngest how to screen capture video of a game she was playing. I didn't expect her to produce around 30+ minutes of videos that consumed hundreds of gb. Both programs are free and well worth checking out: https://antibody-software.com/ I will un/reinstall the latest version.
WhoCrashed was a tool I used to read .dmp files when Firefox refused to load for me one day. It was handy, but rarely gets a run these days, so it can go.
Adaptive Sleep Service is useless to me because I use my laptop almost exclusively plugged in (I know, I know...) and fear "sleep" because my laptop frequently refused to wake up in the past, resulting in a hard boot and the loss of anything unsaved. I now have auto-sleep turned off or set to some ridiculous time like 5 hours. From time to time the screen will go black all by itself, but I discovered the Win+Ctrl+Shift+B function (a bit like playing Twister on your keyboard) which returns the screen functionality 80% of the time. So it can go too.
It's quite a list of actions to perform, so I will attack them later today (after reading your response to my C++ and Revit questions) and return with the FRST results.
Thank you again for your help!