I spent a big part of last night and this morning doing system restores from random points just for the heck of it. It's all I could try. None of them could finish successfully until the most recent one. The restore point from just a few days ago did the trick. Everything is working smoothly again, even Chrome. I don't get it at all, but whatever. Problem solved, I guess.
, for offering to help. /end edit
My laptop's sound went kaput nearly 2 weeks ago. It wouldn't load any pages or open any video files if they contained audio. I ran the system file checker through command prompt, and sound was restored. Everything appeared to be okay until I went back online. Suddenly, Google Chrome no longer worked at all. Every time I opened it, I was greeted with a blank screen that produced more blank screens when I tried going to various pages. It wasn't crashing; it was legitimately broken. I uninstalled Chrome and reinstalled it, but to no avail. No matter how many times I try, it's broken for good. It wouldn't even let me export my bookmarks (I had to copy and paste every. Single. Link into a document). I am forced to use an alternative browser, which is currently Firefox. But wow does Firefox's performance suck. If I have more than one tab open at a time, it lags and occasionally freezes up. It's really ticking me off because it takes ages to do anything. No, my internet is not slow. Internet Explorer works fine. I just tried doing a system restore to try getting Chrome back, and after the wait, all I got was a message saying my system and files could not be properly restored.
I'm out of ideas and can't find anything online. I'm at my wit's end. So please, if anyone has even the faintest idea on what the fudge is going on here, I will love you forever.
I also want to mention that in order to run the SFC scan in command prompt, I first had to make myself the admin. Apparently, I wasn't the admin of my own computer even though I set it up. Heck if I know how that works. >_> But maybe that has something to do with this mess? My laptop also took a dive not too long ago, and there is dirt permanently trapped between the screen that I keep trying to wipe off. Despite the fall, however, it had been running smoothly until just recently. I am doubtful the fall created these issues, but you never know. Either way, I'm ready to chunk this thing in the garbage.