It sounds like something "eeked" through before you installed the latest round of updates. You, like so many others, have fallen into the mistaken mindset that a firewall and AV program is all you need to be safe online. Granted you at least use Chrome and Firefox, but that's still not a guarantee.
Have you run any malware scans with programs OTHER than your AV program, which is probably next to worthless for malware?
Ok, I have Windows Vista, an eMachines T5062 that gave me absolutely NO problems until after this last round of updates.
I cannot boot into safe mode, I have tried unsuccessfully to have a system restore go through. I have run my anti virus 3 times in deep scan mode thru every level of my computer's HD, and there is no virus.
For example, now certain programs won't load, even after reinstall... when I click on "my computer" it states that it is not responding, and then windows explorer crashes. Chrome no longer works, firefox takes much longer now too.
my main concern is I have tried every restore point that is listed, and nothing worked. I'm concerned that now, even though I have a firewall and AV, things are going to start eeking through..