and, after a trial installation of Malwarebytes (which I subsequently uninstalled), apart from getting my language bar back (it absolutely refused to appear automatically before, I had to manually load it from Region and Language),
I got the folowing (and possibly unrelated) problem:
- when clicking on the battery sign on the right of taskbar, I select "More power options". After which, I have to wait about more than a minute for the new window with the power options to finally appear. This was definitely not the case before, at happens even if no other programs are running.
- when clicking the other option, "Adjust Screen Brightness", absolutely nothing happens.
What's more, when the power options window finally does load, I get no Screen Brightness Settings, which I did have before, at the bottom of the window.
I have a legit Windows 7 copy.
Thanks in advance for helping with this infuriating mystery.