I haven't really used the desktop very much since that time, I guess because I was afraid something like this could happen again.
So I turned it on to do some school stuff. Norton bothered me about updating, so I did, then ran a quick scan that picked up a tracking cookie.
After that, I decided to update Malwarebytes and do a quick scan with that, just to be safe or something. In the first minute or so, it picked up 2 things detected. I kept browsing on some football forums to wait while it finished. However, at around 30k files, everything started to slow down a lot.
After a few minutes of this, practically frozen-ness --I assumed MWB was just in a slow part of the disk or whatever-- the comp crashed and gave a fatal error message.
I was like, "Oh poop." and held the power button to restart it. When I did, it scared me even more so by displaying something like the following:
Windows cannot load \Windows\System\system32\config\system
It may be missing or corrupted
(part about using XP disc to fix it)
Please tell me this is fixable. I'm really starting to dislike computers/the internet.