After much finagling, (and a minor issue with mail that has been resolved–and another with antivirus that hasn’t) I am finally free of that ME demon.

Improvements noted:
Counter-Strike running at 100 fps, as opposed to 14.
Program Crash recovery.

Niggling bits that bother me:
Can’t uninstall anti-virus software to reinstall it. Will perform additional finagling later.

And yes, “finagling” is a word.