Windows 7 search not working

When search using Windows 7 I get an error.

In the search bar near the orb I type in *.pdf and get:

windows 7 search search:query=*.pdf class not registered

IE isn't working either.

It also appears that no printers are installed.

I'm thinking that this is all IE related.
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAsked:
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
It's possible you have some kind of infection.  Try running MalwareBytes and do a complete scan with your anti-virus.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/

How exactly is IE not working?

Can you install Chrome and have that work?
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Already ran malwarebytes.

Chrome does work.  IE won't open.  AND W7 search doesn't work and Device and Printers is blank.

regsvr32  "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll" yields an ieproxy.dll error.
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
You can try a non-destructive repair of Windows 7.

https://www.winhelp.us/non-destructive-reinstall-of-windows-7.html

Even though this is not destructive, make sure to backup your important data.
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jcimarronCommented:
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If your problem were only searching I would suggest the following.
"Windows Search can Find only what you have indexed for
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Windows-7-Search-File-Contents

Try to think of a word in the title of the ,pdf file for which you are working and Search for that."

However your Registry seems corrupt.
Here is basically the suggestion made by ScottCha. but with some nice images to guide you.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
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nobusCommented:
can you do a system restore to a date it was ok ?  that often helps you out quickly
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
We lose restore points everyday.  Opened System Restore 3 days ago and only had that days worth of restores.  The next day those days are gone a couple of that day show.

This morning I have one restore point done at 3am.

This is even with Show more restore points checked.
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nobusCommented:
>>  We lose restore points everyday   <<  maybe you have too many?
you can use this method to enable more space for it :  http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/5482/make-system-restore-use-less-space-in-windows-7/
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
It looks like the issue(s) are with your OS.  Backup your data, and try the non-destructive repair and see if that helps.

You shouldn't have many restore points.  Unless you are constantly making them or have them scheduled.

How many restore points a day are you expecting?
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
I was very concerned to travel down this path... finally gave up and tried.  Appears to have fixed everything!  Thank you
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