The file is gone from the pv log. I haven't been getting any popups or explorer crashes!
However some new problems have arisen:
1. I somehow have two extra quick launch toolbars on startup, one that's identical to my original one (same four launch buttons), and one that's blank with no buttons. It's easy enough to right click and do away with them, it's just weird that it's happening and it's a bit of a nuisance.
2. When I browse Windows from within an application, for example when I try to open photos from within Photoshop, some folders don't even show up, like My Documents, and before I even have a chance to find what I'm looking for, everything freezes.
3. This isn't new, but if I hit ctrl+alt+del, msgsvr32 is still in there, and often not responding.
4. And last, (also not new) I still can't shut down properly. Every time I try, I get two "not responding" boxes, one for Auto Launch Service and one that's totally blank except for the Windows message saying that "This program is not responding...." After I hit End Task on both of those, I get the blue screen and can't do anything except manually turn off the computer. Which of course means waiting for Scan Disk every single time I start up!