Well, don't think it's a virus. When I logged in via Safe Mode with Networking, I was still having Internets connectivity issues. Did a system restore to a coupla days ago with basically no change; tried to go back a week or so, same deal. Might try a further restore point tonight.
Spent a chunk of the evening on the phone with tech support (before we got disconnected) and from what they made me do, I'm even more convinced that it's not a virus issue. The problem is that it also doesn't seem like a hardware issue either because all devices "appear" to be operating correctly.
Interwebs capabilities are spotty. When I get on, I'm going to try to download malwarebytes to see what it can find. A few tech guys recommended it as a pretty good free program for finding shit.
As to the weird appearance, it looks like some of my desktop themes were deleted (
) somehow. I'm runnin' XP and my default theme is gone. That's why it still has a Windows look but doesn't quite look right. It kinda defaulted to an old theme, either Windows 95 or 98.
Maybe a registry problem? Faulty motherboard?
In an unrelated issue (I think), a few weeks ago I got the blue screen of death a couple of times and after dealing with tech support, it was determined based on the error messages that the RAM memory was bad. They sent out new dimms last week and I didn't have a problem with it after installing them. Now, I'm wondering if it wasn't a part of a bigger problem.
Just what I wanna be dealing with going into a long holiday weekend...
Plus, I was all set to play with my new (toy) phone (Droid) that was delivered yesterday and I didn't even have the chance to look at it.
If anybody has any ideas based on what I've spelled out, I'd appreciate the input. I gotta get this thing fixed, man. It's cutting into my spankin' time!
Also, if anybody has any suggestions or reviews regarding the Droid for apps and such, feel free to post those here too.