This is extremely strange. I like Firefox. I have a strange issue where the only browsers that seem to work are Google Chrome, IE (the latest), and Maxthon browser. When I try to use Firefox, Safari or Opera, I cannot browse to any site. With Firefox it just starts trying to load the first page and then gives me the report that Firefox is not responding. Note, I have a computer with 3rd gen Intel i7 cpu, 16GB Ram, and this happens all the time, not just when the system is under unusual heavy load. It does the same thing in Opera too. So, basically, I can run Chrome and the other browsers mentioned but Firefox will not respond. IE is not quite running right either but it's somewhat intermittent.
I tried to run Windows Defender to run a virus scan but it reports, "This app has been turned off and isn't monitoring your computer. If you're using another app... use Action Center to check that apps status." After doing many Google searches with that exact error in the search, I kept getting solutions which said to go to Control Panel and add Windows components. I tried that and yet among all the choices, Windows Defender was not there in any of the folders. I then tried to uninstall every other antivirus software app and that still would not let me run Windows Defender. I couldn't find anything telling me how to turn on Windows Defender.
Ok, so I looked to see what the best antivirus software was, by going to download.com and snapfiles.com... and filtering based on editor's rating. It seems that Ad-aware Free Antivirus+ was the best one. So, I'm running that and have done a full scan and some quick scans and letting it fix any problems found.
Still the problem exists with Firefox and Opera. Does anyone have any advice? I had uninstalled Firefox and reinstalled, and used an uninstaller that is supposed to clean up everything, including files, etc. that are not necessarily removed by uninstalling. Then I reinstalled, which obviously didn't fix the problem. I thought of trying that again. I think another uninstaller that I have does a better job of really removing everything when doing an uninstall.
Should I try different anti-malware software in addition to the Ad-Aware Antivirus? Thanks, Bruce