I've been trying to clean up this system and I'm not having the usual good results in getting rid of parasites.
The browsers (IE and Chrome) will work in Safe Mode OK.
And, they will work in Normal Mode after a boot .. but not for long.
No longer will the Google page open at that point.
Also, while Windows Automatic Updates work, cannot reach the Windows Update page .. ever. It bounces to a microsoft page about getting support, etc.
I've run all the cleanup tools that I can imagine. Yet this persists.
Just installed SP3 as it had been at SP2 - so that's not so good.
I'm likely not looking in the right places or with the right tools.