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I am fixing my cousins computer because it seems to be messed up. It just feels "weird". The first thing I tried was to search msconfig to see startup items. It's not working, and neither is any other seach. Any search I make comes up with some cobination of Programs and Control Panel. Is this a common problem with any simple fix? I did run src /scannow and it found some problem that it said it fixed. I still have the same problem though.

Also, I have IE and FF, but FireFox won't connect to any websites while IE will. Just one example of a "weird thing" going on

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This sounds more like a virus to me. Have you ran a virus scan yet? –  Tanner Jul 24 '12 at 20:32
    
I am about to run MalwareBytes... should I go for something else? –  EGHDK Jul 24 '12 at 20:33

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If you're having lots of problems, if there's a product key from microsoft on the machine (If it's custom you might have to ask your cousin for the disk), just reinstall the OS. It should be much easier than dealing with all your problems.

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That's what I figured, and that's what I do for most people installation, because they just have docs and pictures, but he has a ton of programs installed, so I was hoping there would be another route to take. –  EGHDK Jul 24 '12 at 20:30
    
Oh so you are fixing this computer. I was under the impression that it was a gift. You might want to reword your question... –  elegantonyx Jul 24 '12 at 20:38
    
Yes, sorry. I reworded it now. –  EGHDK Jul 24 '12 at 20:47
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I ended up finding some registry file that fixed it.

Here's the link. http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-fix-windows-7-search-problems/

Steps from the link: How to fix it manually:

  1. Type regedit in Start menu search box and hit enter to launch Windows Registry Editor. Or, type regedit in Run dialog box (use Windows + R to launch Run) and hit enter to open the same.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes{ef87b4cb-f2ce-4785-8658-4ca6c63e38c6}
  3. Right-click on this sub key, and then select Delete.
  4. Reboot your machine to fix the problem.
  5. Done!
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Would you mind sharing what the problem was and how you fixed it? –  BillP3rd Aug 18 '12 at 3:40
    
Sorry, I was looking for the link. Thanks –  EGHDK Aug 18 '12 at 4:13

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