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Laptop Keeps On Crashing

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I'm sorry if this is the wrong section to post in.
I have a Windows Vista laptop. I have had it since September and have not had any problems with it.

Yesterday the computer crashed while I was using Firefox, the only way I could restart it was by removing the battery. I turned the computer back on and it was working fine and then I get a message 'Windows Host Process Stopped Working'

I restarted the computer, it seemed ok and then 5 minutes later I got the same message again.

I restarted, loaded firefox and then a blue screen appeared and my computer shut itself down.

Restarted again, did a full security scan using McAfee - nothing detected. Clicked on firefox - computer crashed.

So I came to the conclusion that it must be a problem with Firefox - I uninstalled it from my system and downloaded Google Chrome. That seemed to fix the problem.

This morning I was using the laptop to watch a video using VLC Media Player - the video started jumping and then the computer became unresponsive. I restarted it but every time I click on something (Chrome, My Computer, My Documents, Start, Run etc) it crashes.

I'm using a friends computer to post this (although the laptop does work in SafeMode)

If you need any more information, please ask. Thank you in advance.
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