I am doing my LaTeX using Texmaker, and any attempts to build pdf are being received with "package.sty" not found. I have been using Latex using TexMaker for a long time, and I have not had this issue before. I am experiencing the issue even with packages I have certainly used and installed before, and even with building pdfs that I have built before in the past.
I think the issue is because I tried to install miktex at a coworker's recommendation recently, and somehow the download messed with Texmaker's settings. Since then, I have completely uninstalled miktex, and I have uninstalled and re-downloaded texmaker but the problem persists.
My technical understanding of texmaker and latex is very very minimal, so I am looking for minimal "formality" and a straightforward "how to resolve." If your answer includes even marginally technical terms, I will probably not understand what you are talking about. I am working on this thought, but I digress.
I have seen similar questions asked before, but all the users are using Miktex and it seems that the solution is specific to that interface. I would appreciate any and all help.