About a week ago my sound stopped working after my laptop had been in "sleep mode" (from idle). When I clicked on the sound icon on the right side of the windows toolbar, "Digital Audio S/PDIF" was active instead of my default "High Definition Audio Device" (which status was unplugged). Since I'm on a laptop my speakers are obviously built in and can't be unplugged. At the same time a noticed addware behavior with my browser. Meaning there were several hyperlinks spread throughout every page that linked to adds. I had experienced this a few months ago and figured, like last time, I had lost administrative rights to TrustedInstaller. After going into Windows>Sysytem32 and reclaiming ownership and admin, I began troubleshooting my audio from what little I know. I ran several different scans and rid my system of a few minor things. (a tech in "virus and malware" said there wasn't anything removed to worry about) I checked to see if all the audio dependent services were running, which they were. I stopped and restarted the audio service. I went to cmnd prompt and entered "shutdown /r /o and refreshed my system once it restarted (did not want to do a factory reset and lose everything) I deleted the audio driver and restarted. My system updated and re-installed the driver as expected. After these steps Digital Audio is still default instead of the speakers and there is no audible sound being produced. Can somebody help me figure this out?