I had previously been removing unwanted/unused applications from my computer. I was using Perfect Uninstaller. I didn’t remove anything serious. I’m not that dumb. However, I did remove things like McAfee VirusScan (as I’m using Avast now), something called Web TV, or something, and ViewPoint something. I’m sorry, I don’t remember exactly what these last two were. But I did a search and they seemed to be nothing important, but in fact, bundled items from other apps.
Anyway, I logged on to my computer the other day to find the appearance had changed:
-it looks like an old Windows 98 style
-the task bar (on the right) only shows a couple processes, no network connections, etc.
-when opening explorer, I can’t drag and drop. I can copy a file but then do not have the option to paste it.
-when opening some applications, they do not appear in the task bar.
-and various other oddities
Also, it takes more time to load my profile and then my background will appear, but it takes much longer than before for the desktop (with all my shortcuts, etc) to appear.
Skype is set to load at start up, but I get the error message, "Exception EOleSysError in module Skype.exe at 000958BD. The RPC server is unavailable."
I tried to do a system restore. However, I received a dialog box, "System restore is unable to protect your computer. Please restart your computer and run system restore again." I tried restarting, however, this did not change anything.
I then tried to load Adaware. The splash screen appeared, but the program never loaded completely. I then tried to open Malwarebytes, however, received the following error: "Run-time error ‘372’: Failed to laod control ‘vbalGrid’ from vbalgrid6.ocx. Your version of vbalgrid6.ocx may be outdated. Make sure you are using the version of control that was provided with your application." I had only installed this a couple days earlier.
I then opened SuperSpyware and Avast and ran a scan with both, but nothing was found.
I’ve also tried starting in Safe mode. However, when I use the F8 method, i’m not able to move the highlighted system using the arrow keys. And there are only two options: "Windows (default)" and "Windows (default)".
I fear I might have removed something I shouldn’t have or that in doing so I’ve removed other essential things.
I appreciate any help on this.