I don't know where to start, for sure. The thing that happened today,
though, that made me crazy, is this:
I boot up my computer and see a welcome screen that gives a choice of
running as Administrator or User. As soon as I walked across the room, that
screen disappeared, and my desktop was completely different. Missing were
icons for Spybot, Firefox, and curiously, a screen shot of expired security
certificates I had taken using SnagIt.
My first thought was to go to system restore, where I knew I had created
various restore points after every new software and service pack
installation. (I recently got a warranty repair that involved a new hard
drive and so everything had been nuked and burned in the past week. I got
service pack 3, Avast, and various other things like that to install before I
ever connected to the net. Likewise, I had turned off System Restore so that
all the restore points before SP 3 were erased.) When I go to System restore
today, I discover that none of my restore points were there, but there were
several different points that involved Software Distribution Service 3.0.
That includes today, when I have not installed any updates.
I could go on, and get really weird, but you probably already thingk I go to
bed with an aluminum foil liner under a hat to prevent alien mind control.
Thanks for the help.