OK, this is what is happening: I boot up normally, and everything looks fine. Then, for example, I try going to control panel, it runs slow to get there, I click on add/remove programs, (this is just example, it happens no matter what I do) and boom, the control panel, and entire desktop (icons, taskbar) all dissapear. I can't right click, can't do anything. The only thing that stays on the screen is the wallpaper. I did an online scan by Trend Micro and it found and deleted a few infections. Says there was one left that could not be automatically deleted. I can't add new software or remove anything. I can't get any program to run, so I can't use my own anti-virus program. Booting into safe mode is not a problem, but I am obviously limited there. Anyone have ideas because I am on the verge of doing a reformat which I really hate to have to do. Tell me whatever else you need to know and I will explain it the best I can, thanks guys. I am no computer genius, just your basic everyday online user, photos, editing, very basic stuff.