First I would like to say I'm new here and from what I've read on some of the threads seems like a very useful place for information.
My problem: I was playing warcraft 3 single player minding my own business sound was working fine, everything was cool till my screen froze. Tried alt f4ing tried alt tabbing out, tried ctrl alt dlt, none of that worked and that's all I know, so I just turned it off using the power button. When I turned it back on it did its little windows checkdisc thing and when it finished and came back up the sound icon was gone. I test sound it doesn't work. I'm not even getting sounds from error messages. I go into control panel to sounds and devices and everything seems fine, my device is there volume notch is up. The only thing is when I try to check the box "Place volume icon in the taskbar" it says Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the volume control program has not been installed. To install it, use add/remove programs in control panel.
So I clicked on the add/remove programs, nothing was listed, I went to the add/remove windows components tab, there was no sound option, so went back clicked the add new programs tab, clicked windows update. Opened IE to the windows updater thing (I never use IE I usually use firefox but it forced me to use IE) it said I apparently had 74 updates, including a hardware one, I ran the updater and it prompted me to restart. When I restarted this Anti Virus thing that I didn't have before said my computers at risk and automatically popped up and "started a scan" and kept popping up errors, I hit ctrl alt dlt to see if I could cut it, but it said tsk mgnr can't launch cause it's infected, so I turned the computer off again using the power button, turned it back on and it ran the check disc again, this time when it started it said something about a registry had been recovered and this time the Anti Virus thing popped up but this time I hit the X quick and closed it and everything seemed okay, but again sound is completely gone.
Then I also noticed another thing, I pulled up my computer and my cd drives are gone as well. Can anyone help me? I'm currently running the "cleaning" methods in the "please read before posting" but even if it finds and gets ride of any virus's I may of picked up will that fix my sound problem as well? also my cd drives?