Firstly want to thank anyone who can provide me with any assistance. I installed SAS after noticing some random IE browser popups. I ran SAS's full scan and without a doubt it found quite a few things on my pc, both file items and registry ones (and once I get SAS working again I can tell you all exactly what it found).
I quickly scanned through the findings and none of them seemed liked they needed any further consideration, so I quarantined all of them...and all was good on my computer - no more popups. A day or two later, after trying to watch a movie on my harddrive, I got an error msg saying there was no sound card or that it was improperly installed. I figured my pc just needed a restart, but after doing that not only did my sound not work, my internet was disabled as well.
Since then I've been unable to get SAS to run properly again. I came to the website which provides different SAS versions to try if the original doesn't start. The different versions have started, but they randomly shut down after a few minutes of performing a scan. Same thing happened in safe mode. Right now I've got the SASSAFERUN.COM performing a scan on my pc and hopefully it doesn't shut down either.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do to try and reenable these things? A couple other things I've noticed is that:
1) in msconfig, under the Services tab, about 90% of the listed services have their status as "stopped"
2) in device manager, there is a expandable category listed as 'other devices' which contains 'Multimedia Audio Controller' & 'PCI Simple Communications Controller' - both of which have the big yellow question mark + exclamation mark icons to their left