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Programs start and immediately stop
Please excuse the cross-post from H&A, but I'm trying to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.
My computer was working fine until this evening when I got home from work and tried to install TeamViewer. It would get all the way through the install process and then crash. I thought it was a conflict with another program I had running so one by one I shut them all off. The last program I disabled was Avast, but TeamViewer still wouldn't install. I rebooted to attempt to install it again, only to find that was I unable to run most applications. Firefox, Digsby, League of Legends -- none work. Watching processes in Task Manager, I can see the process start and then immediately stop. Notepad and the built-in picture viewer work fine, however. Also, when running an install program, I am greeted with the UAC prompt, after which the install stops.
Using my wife's computer, I scanned my drive for viruses, malware and used scandisk to detect if there were any errors. All came back clean. Pop the drive back in my computer and I'm right back at square one.
I've seen viruses before that prevent ALL exes from running, but they usually also disable the registry editor (which works for me). I'm stumped that SOME programs will run, but others start and then instantly stop.
Has anyone heard of something similar before? I'm at my wit's end and my Google-fu is turning up nothing.
Thanks in advance.