I should also mention that yesterday I did a deep full scan with AVG Anti Virus of both of my drives and it's clean. I also ran an a-Squared anti Malware scan and it was also clean. So i don't think this is a virus, unless it's a new and really sneaky one!
I'm having a very odd problem with Windows XP that started this afternoon. I did not install or do anything to my system, it just happened out of the blue.
The issue is when I go to START > All Programs, I am not able to click on any of the program folders to launch any programs. They are totally frozen and not accessible with my mouse.
The START menu programs are accessible, just the "All Programs" selections are not.
I admit to having a lot of programs, I thought maybe it was overload. So I went in to Documents and Settings > All Users > Start Menu and I re-grouped the programs into other folders to cut down on the space it took up. This did not help.
I had a lot of things on my desktop and I cleared all those to another drive. Did not help.
Started in Safe Mode, and had no problem at all accessing the START > All Programs area. They worked just fine in Safe Mode. Not sure what this says, but I'm sure it might give someone with more expertise a hint? (I hope so anyway!)
Microsoft Windows XP - SP2 (up to date)
AMD Athlon 64 X2
Dual Core Processor 4200+
If anyone could shed some light on this for me and help me get back the ability to access my programs from the START menu, that would be wonderful!