I thought my problem was malware, but they referred me over to this forum. Here is the link to that topic: http://www.geekstogo...ot-t197646.html
Anyway, this happened a day or two after Verizon FIOS tech installed a wireless adapter to my PC and upgraded our service. But because I couldn't run virus or malware scans, I assumed I was infected. I tried different utilities to clean it, but still the PC would not boot normally. I even took out 1 gig of RAM because I thought that it might be faulty. So it is only running on 512, but the problem is still there.
It is possible I messed up some registry keys when I was doing my "fixing". Also, I can't locate the Windows XP CD to do a re-install. Any advice? Thanks a million, Lori