Currently Being ModeratedJul 18, 2012 5:10 AM (in response to lilypad416)
More likely the startup disk needs repairing than a virus or malware.
Launch Disk Utility located in HD > Applications > Utilities
Select the startup disk on the left then select the First Aid tab.
Click Verify Disk (not Verify Disk Permissions)
If necessary, click Repair Disk.
While you have the Disk Utility window open, see Capacity & Available at the the bottom of that window. Make sure there's at least 15% free disk space and that you see: Verified next to: S.M.A.R.T. Status.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 18, 2012 7:00 AM (in response to Carolyn Samit)
Okay so I did exactly what you said but I still have the problems.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 13, 2012 2:20 PM (in response to lilypad416)
I had all the same issues as Lilypad.. then I started reading page 2 of this forum.. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2785140?start=0&tstart=0
I saw someone writing about "TMP"
And it made me realize that an hour or two before I started to experience the problem, I had deleted a random ALIAS folder on the hard drive called "TMP"
so I went back into the hard drive. created a brand new folder called "TMP", restarted, and it resolved EVERYTHING
no clue why deleting an EMPTY folder or alias would cause so many problems (i.e. couldnt drag or drop icons, couldn't copy or paste, couldn't open google chrome)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 19, 2012 8:48 PM (in response to rachinc)
Thank you for taking the time to post - your suggestion worked for me!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 11:26 PM (in response to rachinc)
Thank you so much - this totally worked for me too - PHEW!!! Much appreciated.