I am back up and running. No, it is not because I am such a good computer technician or a geek, but to the contrary. First of all, I want to thank all of you for your suggestions and I will definitely download Firefox today, as most of you suggested.
First off, let me explain what happened, how it started, and how it got fixed. Yea, sure, and then I will tell you how to eliminate the National Debt and exactly how many planets there are in this Universe that has intelligent life on them. In other words, I don’t have a clue.
OK, the first hint of any problem was the night before, the computer didn’t want to shut down, had to hold in the power button. Then the next day, the first thing that quit working was my thumb drive in a USB port. This has happened before, but a reboot usually fixed that problem, but not this time. Then my printer quit working. Actually, the printer didn’t quit working; it just couldn’t get the information. I checked my printer icon and it showed the print jobs listed but under status it was just blank.
Then the Internet Explorer would not work. My email was working so I knew the internet was OK. So, I tried a reboot. It would not shut down, so I pushed and held the power button until it turned off. Turned it back on but that didn’t fix anything. I had a personal project I was working on in AutoCAD and since that program worked OK, I worked on my project all day, just couldn’t print it.
Then last night, when I tried to print my project one more time, it worked. No, not my project, my printer. The project didn’t work, but I was happy that the printer had started to work, but the thumb drive and IE didn’t. Then last night when I tried the “shut down” process, it shut down on its own. I thought that was a good sign.
I found out this morning that it was a good sign. Printer and Internet Explorer both work. I am going to assume that the thumb drive works but will not try that until I get this posted, just in case.
I am going to take all of your advice and down load Firefox and give it a try. Thank you all for all the advice, it was appreciated.
Cross your fingers, I am going to plug in the thumb drive. . .
Adding this note, the thumb drive worked OK.