I thought I was fairly savvy....yesterday my Windows 7 Pro x64 system (legit key no hacks genuine Norton NIS 2012) was running perfectly. Then for no apparent reason I was unable to start IE. Whatever, I rebooted the system and then it failed to start, went into system repair, rebooted itself and started OK. After I logged in I got a weird error message at desktop (pic uploaded) Cancelled it out, resumed working and then found a problem with IE. I was trying to google for error beep codes for an ASUS motherboard and when I clicked the links, they started OK then ended at a page called SCOUR SEARCH. Any effort from that page resulted in the page simply refreshing itself. I figured somehow it was malware/spyware whatever and I downloaded stopzilla, installed ran a scan after first using my Norton 2012 to scan the system. Neither found anything so then I rebooted and it did the fail to start again routine. Selected system repair and after a while it rebooted itself, started OK and I logged back in. Same error message straight after desktop appeared and then I found I could not open IE. When I clicked on the shortcut, it looked like it was going to start, then nothing. Went to the actual app in Program Files IE folder but same thing - no IE window appearing at all. Couldn't find a way around it so I bit the bullet and decided to reinstall the operating system. Did so, all OK activated system, updated at Windows Updates then used acronis and made a backup. Rebooted and installed Office 2007 Professional and activated that, then installed more office updates. System rebooted itself and after login, that damn error message was back. then when I went to open IE - same problem no IE window opening up. Did a search trying to find a problem within the system startup, but nothing obvious. I don't really want to have to go back using acronis and then re-install office and activation etc. so can anyone offer a solution?