My computer, with Win98SE, was on the Internet one day and it worked fine then. But the next day, although Windows booted up okay, I found it impossible to enter shortcuts to "My Computer," "Internet Explorer" and others. I am unable to right click on the display to access "Display," and the entire Control Panel area fails to open up. Applications in the Start Menu bar also fail to work, and the only way to execute applications is the good old "Run" dialog. However, if I run something like MSWord, and click Open, I can perfectly access the folders and items...just not the Control Panel, Printers, and Dial-Up Networking. Help would be appreciated since I also cannot connect to the Internet this way. Any ideas on whether viruses could be involved?
(7-17-04-Any new viruses emerge that could make this happen?)