I am running windows 7 on a Toshiba Satellite. I use Avast for virus protection and it should be up to date. All of a sudden, I can no longer start most programs - including Firefox, Avast, Quicken, Itunes, MS Office products, Outlook, or many of the Windows/Toshiba utilities on my pc. I have tried to start the programs via the start-up menu and taskbar short-cuts and also by going directly to the executable and clicking on it. I had one exception - Internet Explorer - I couldn't start by clicking in the start menu or on the task bar but was able to start it by clicking on the .exe file in Windows Explorer. I can, however, run a few basic games (the stuff that comes standard with Win 7 - like minesweeper) and a few windows utilities. I can not run anything from the Control Panel.
I'm guessing something has messed with my registry but, since I can't run my anti-virus (Avast) or other malware tools, I can't see what is going on.
I tried to re-install avast and install one of your tools (Old timer) but can't run either of them once they are downloaded.
I manually looked on my computer for one virus that I read about called Pretty Pink virus but this doesn't seem to be affecting my computer.
I also tried to go do a system restore to a point a few days ago but the restore wouldn't take.
I'm not sure where to start trouble shooting. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks much! Jill
Edited by fletch11, 26 September 2011 - 10:47 PM.