Problems playing sounds off Internet
I have a strange problem. First, I have to explain that I am a relative computer idiot, so bear with me.
Using Windows2000, had no problems, got that VILE ABI adware disease. To eliminate that, I ran the usual (AdAware, Bazooka, CWShredder, Hijack This, SuperAdBlocker -- I did it all).
The problem persisted, so I did what any dummy would do and went into Explorer and into System32, arranged files by date, and got rid of things that looked suspicious (quit yer laffin'!)
OK, that worked. ABI has been vanquished! But since then, I am unable to click on a link to an MP3 file or a .wav file and get it to play. I haven't noticed any other types of files that are troublesome (I checked to see if midi files would work, and they do. I am also able to STREAM files. I started to download a program file to see if there was something wrong with my Magical Windows Downloader Do-Thingy, but that was fine, too. No troubles browsing, everything kopasetic except for the aforementioned issues). (And I am completely able to play these sorts of files from my hard drive).
What happens when I click on a link to an MP3 or wav file is that a browser window opens (the links are set to "_blank") and the teeny-tiniest version of what looks like the "broken image link" appears in the upper left. And that's it.
Any ideas on this? Did I delete something important from System32? And if I did, how do I get it back again?
Thanks for any help!
(BTW, despite my screen name, I'm a girl, so can say things like "do-thingy" and "teeny tiny" LOL)