So Steve checked out the computer, and turned off some of the "background programs" that were running that he didn't think I was using. That did it. Now things load, play and are responsive while I want to do them. No longer wait and see if it will do what I asked...while I pray, or pause, or get up and fix lunch.
Yay! I'm so grateful that it didn't have a virus. A friend did have one, so I was worried that I might have one too.
I'll be able to check up on the blogs I follow tomorrow, maybe. I didn't know what to do with myself for the last 24 hours...without checking all the news from all those great sites. I'll be back soon!