Windows Defender does not scan for viruses. It is an anti-spyware utility. What do you use to scan for viruses?
You said this is your other computer. Is that significant? Are both computers connected to a home network? If so, do you use any P2P file sharing software? Does this computer connect to the internet, either on its own or through the other computer?
If not, when was the last time you used this computer before you turned it on and these problems started? In Safe Mode, was the time and date displaying properly in the System tray, (bottom right hand of the Taskbar)? If not, what time and date does it show?
I suspect this is virus damage, and you will have to scan your system with an updated anti-virus utility, preferably in Safe Mode. I would turn off System Restore first, as viruses can hide in the backup files. That will lose all your current System Restore backup files.
so, my other computer (windows XP) is not working. at all.
i turn it on, it loads like normal. it prompts me with my username and password, and i put it in. it goes right to the desktop and all of the icons load. it seems great. however, nothing else seems to load. whenever i scroll my mouse down to that bar on the bottom, it gives me an hourglass. none of the little program symbols come up in the bottom right. i try to run programs but they never load. so i'm stuck.
my first thought was, i probably have some virus. i rebooted into safe mode and ran a virus scan through windows defender. nothing came up.
my next thought was to just do a system restore to an earlier date. system restore loaded fine in safe mode. however, when i got to the point where i'm supposed to choose the date of when to restore, it is automatically set in the month of august in the year 2099. i try to change the year with the little scrolldown bar to 2008, but it doesn't change the calender. i clicked on the little arrow to bring it to the previous month, but nothing happened. i clicked the arrow to bring it to a month forward, but it said something about internet explorer's script having a problem. that puzzled me because i didn't think internet explorer should have ANYTHING to do with a system restore and it made me think further that my computer had been tampered with somehow by an outside source.
can anyone help me with this problem? i'm just plum out of ideas. any help would be greatly appreciated.