I received very valuable help here, more than a year ago for a thorny (for me) issue. Another has popped up, and after much web searching with no success, I'm hoping someone will be able to get me out of another jam.
Two weeks ago, I had 2 days of relentless malware warnings. I run registered versions of Avira, Bitdefender, Malwarebytes, Ad-Aware, CCleaner, and Spybot (not all at once or all the time). Avira was generating warnings every 2 to 3 minutes.
After using the tools I have, and a couple of days time removing located threats, the warnings stopped, and full Avira, Malwarebytes, and Ad-Aware scans were coming back clean, however, the next morning I noticed my scheduled system backups had not run for more than a week (Macrium Reflect). Opened Admin. Tools, Services, and Task Scheduler is disabled. I've tried to start it many times, and it usually returns a "remote computer not connected" or similar notice.
I do have full backups every other day for 14 days prior to the problem, and can rebuild my drives, but I did a few commercial software installs just before the issue recurred, had significant data changes during the time the backups had ceased, and wanted to see if anything seemed obvious to the experienced users here, before I started rebuilding.
Windows 7 Ultimate, 24G ram, Rampage III Extreme.
Thanks for your consideration.