A couple of days ago I could not get windows to run at first switch on.After trial and error I could get into safe mode, I decided, not wanting to format because I was not sure of my last back-up,to use XP repair. Great fun, worked to final configure and then crashed, blue screen etc. I gave up and the next morning switched on and it completed the XP repair without my doing anything.At that point I realised that half of my programmes had gone and their shortcuts were empty. Data and photos remained. I have checked virus, trojan etc etc and found no apparent problem. I can access my isp but not open any websites or getinto e-mail.Every thing else seems to work and the programs I have re-installed seem to run. I am tempted to format. Ideas please.
Sorry I should have said that I have virus etc protection and Firewall. I have used Clean-up, and CWS shredder and MS AntiSpyware nothing found, and apart from the web/e-mail problem all seems to be running well.