Luckily the hardware itself didn't burn up like I thought it did. It's amazing, considering the age of this computer. Not complaining!
I highly recommend the free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program, especially the Malwarebytes Chameleon process. Without it we would have been obliged to reinstall everything and lose all my data. So until compy decides to finally give up the ghost, we'll keep on keepin' on widdit (BTW, the same goes for the car I drive ~ maybe once a week for less than 5 miles each time ~ the zombie 94 purple Saturn).
However, alas, LiveJournal continues to crash the browser tabs every time I click anything, so I've gotta be careful to keep copying all my LJ text onto a separate text file before clicking Preview or Post or even uploading a pic. It's gotta be something with this machine, because everyone else doesn't seem to have the problem. Ah well.
What a day. *Whew*