Anytime I try to select a file using browse button (OpenFileDialog), the running application crashes (Application hangs with blue spinning wheel). This happens with literally all of my programs. Clearly, the culprit is some weird error hidden deeply inside my OS.
I've never saw or even heard of such issue, so I'm clueless as to where to begin in terms of troubleshooting. I'm really not sure what caused this issue either. I've tried to perform a system restore to few weeks ago when this problem didn't occur but the problem is still there.
Any guidance to solving this problem would be most appreciated.
Edit: Upon suggestion by comment, I ran sfc /scannow and came up with the following message: Winrows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
Edit2: I've tried booting in Safe Mode and ran virus/malware scans. Using ShellExView, I've tried to disable all COM objects except the system ones.
The above actions still didn't fix my issue. I'm truly beginning to think that the only way to solve this issue is by formatting and reinstalling O/S.