I can start in "last good configuration"
-run spyware/adware cleanups
-cleaned the registry (CCleaner)
-run the other CCleaner disk cleanup stuff to deleted unnecessary stuff
-uninstalled everything unnecessary
It's a 2 1/2 year old compaq/HP so I don't really want to pay 100 bucks to fix it when $400 would probably replace it with something better.
After doing all of the above, it now "sometimes" reboots without going to the death screen, but it still happens occasionally.
There is ample hard disk space, but I am running a disk check now and may do a defrag later.
Any thoughts, other than pitch it in the garbage?