my computer had lost half its mind.
The good news is it isn't a virus. The bad news is I have to reinstall XP, but first everything I want to keep has to be removed to a safe place.
The CD burner is machina non grata (as is the printer, scanner, and sound card), so I've been emailing myself files, photos, and documents. Hundreds of them. Some I have in hard copy, but some I don't. Easier to transfer the lot.
Yes, it's a possibility I'll have to get a new(er) computer. This one has been a real workhorse for years, but I won't cry if it has to be put out to pasture.
Have a great day!