Hello, I'm having some problems with my PC and was hoping someone could help me out. I run Windows XP Home Edition on my computer (a Dell), and several months ago I started having problems with my sound not working. Before long, I was unable to access my control panel, and I was totally unable to use my control panel at all up until about a week ago, when I started up the computer in Diagnostic Mode. Since then, my control panel and sound work, but my computer will not display the regular XP settings (like the blue start bar, etc.-it looks like Classic Windows, and I cannot change it back to the correct view).
In the past couple of weeks, I've also been getting these popup ads, some are porn, others say my computer has been infected with the Blackworm Virus and I need to download some program, which automatically tried to download. I immediately deleted that window, ran virus scan and even downloaded the fix for the Blackworm virus, but everything came out clear and it said I didn't have Blackworm infection.
This morning I noticed that my Windows Firewall was disabled and I cannot access my security center to turn it back on. I've run Symantec Anti-Virus software and have downloaded the most current updates (I've ran virus scans several times in the past few weeks), and have run SpyBot and Ad Aware both hoping to rid myself of these problems, but so far I've been unable to. Does anyone know what else I can do? Thanks!