I have a compound problem and could sure use some help or advice.
The following 3 issues all started at the same time (I think).
1.) When I press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to bring up the Windows Task Manager (WTM) it does not work. I get an error message which reads:
Heading: taskmgr.exe - Application Error
Body: The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142). Click on OK to terminate the application.
I can launch WTM just fine by clicking on the file "taskmgr.exe" so the program itself does not seem to be the issue, but starting it with Ctrl-Alt-Del is.
2.) When this occurred I tried to use restore to set my PC back a couple of restore points. It would not let me restore to any of the 3 points I choose. (I have never tried to use restore previously.)
3.) Since that time my screensaver function does not work (I use SETI). That is the screensaver never kicks in and the screen never blanks. Every so often there is a flicker which seems as though the screensaver tried to kick in but was immediatly kicked back out.
I use XP Pro. SP2. I keep Windows all up to date.
I use NAV, Zone Alarm Pro, SpySweeper, Ad-Aware SE, SpyBot S & D, and just added Microsoft's new Spyware Beta1 (which did not detect anything). (Since turning on SpyBot's Innoculation I rarely if ever have seen any more spyware.)
I would sure appreciate knowedgable advice on what might be causing this and how to fix it.