I am hoping that someone can help me out. I have had an HP Media Center system for just over a year. This morning I was online without any problems. My son got on and try to install some stupid game from a CD and after that, I am having some serious issues. Here is what happens: First, I notice that some of my Word files on my desktop now start with ~$ and these files look transparent...When I try to start Explorer, I get an hourglass for a second and then nothing. It acts as if I have not tried to open it. Sometimes, I see what looks like a generic window opening up on the taskbar, but that quickly closes...I can click the start button, but when I try to open up programs or the control panel (or anything in there for that matter) the system slows WAY DOWN and nothing really opens or it freezes. I can't open my documents or My Computer (it acts like what happens when I try and open Explorer...Hourglass, then nothing). I can open my beefy programs like Photoshop and Pinnacle Studio...Now, when I try to open the task manager, my system says that it has been disabled by the admin.
This is a home computer system that is logged to the internet via a home network router. I am thinking that I have some type of virus, but I can't log in to the net to download any of the helps out there. I wouldn't mind starting from scratch and reloading the system...but I really want to at least get my photoshop pictures off the hard drive.
Any thoughts anyone? I would be so very grateful...