|Your symptoms sound like the ones you get when crap has been loaded in the background by you merely visting a contaminated web site. The crap that's loaded was often planted there by the makers of "Rogue" anti-malware software these days. The intention is to create symptoms that make you believe your computer is severly contaminated with malware, but in fact the symptoms have been FAKED. There are usually frequent pop ups about your computer being contaminated, urging you to go to some site to download their software and scan your computer for free, or something begins scanning your computer without you giving it permission to. The catch is, you have to buy their software to get rid of what the scan finds, some or all of which was created by the maker of the "rogue" anti-malware software in the first place!! The quality of the anti-malware program varies fron okay to bad. |
Often, many things are disabled from running.
Often, there are icons missing for things that are normally there, e.g., in the Start Menu.
I wasn't aware of these symptoms including disabling wireless networking from working properly, but that's certainly possible - however, they don't disable wired networking.
Malwarebytes often gets rid of malware other major anti-malware software can't get rid of, or can't even detect. They specialize in getting rid of the faked symptoms these "rogue" anti-malware makers have made.
(e.g. Spybot often can't get rid of all the symptoms or doesn't find everything, or anything.)
The next time something similar happens, try this.
I'm assuming you have a wired network adapter on your computer, and the drivers for your wired network adapter have been installed.
Plug a network cable from your wired network adapter to your router.
Reboot your computer.
If you can access Internet Options in Control Panel, or in IE - Tools , click on Connections, click on Setup at the top of the window - run the wizard to re-set your internet connection to the wired connection.
If you can access the internet, even if you get annoying pop ups when you do, or you go to some anti-malware web site automatically, then you can do the following.
Download the free version of Malwarebytes on someone else's computer, copy it to a flash drive.
Plug the flash drive into your computer when your computer is running. By default a box will pop up asking what you want to do with the files on the drive.
Copy the Malwarebytes download to the desktop (screen) .
Run the Malwarebytes download to install it. There is then a new Malwarebytes icon on the desktop screen
If you can still access Safe mode, go there.
(press F8 repeatedlty while booting - choose Safe mode with Networking from the list that pops up)
If not, you can still do the following.
Start up Malwarebytes from the new icon on the desktop screen. Update it. It will access the internet without having to run IE.
Run a full scan.
When it's finished, have it remove everything it has found.
Your FAKED symptoms are probably gone.
Many people are so impressed with Malwarebytes that they have bought the paid version.
The free version has no resident scanner - a module that runs in the background all the time - it only runs when you choose to run it - and you have to update it every time you use it.
To get your wireless network connection working again -
Remove the network cable.
Go to Internet Options in Control Panel, or in IE - Tools , click on Connections, click on Setup at the top of the window - run the wizard to re-set your internet connection to the wireless connection.
(Since you may have been fiddling with wireless settings.)
If the wireless internet connection doesn't work, the wireless network adapter isn't connecting to the router, you may need to access the router - connect the network cable so you can access it's configuration , correct any wrong settings in the wireless network adapter's settings to match those of the router.
You may need to reboot before the wireless connection will work.
Or - be prepared ahead of time - get the free version of Malwarebytes and install it - make sure there's an icon for it on the desktop - it will be there for you to try if you need to, when sxxx happens. Run it - Update it - Run a full scan when you need to.
Or get the paid version - it will be ready to go all the time, and will often stop the "Rogue" anti-malware software crap from loading in the first place.