i think i know what happened. problems with explorer.exe and ctfmon.exe started around the time i downloaded BT Reminder Buddy. i uninstalled that program and deleted all the files. i wonder if that will help. but if it doesn't, i'll have no choice to reinstall windows. :/ it's a pain in the ass i know, but it'll be a new start. i have to upload all my shit on sites today..all day. and probably try to fix my other computer by removing the RAM from this computer and putting it on that one. not sure.
anyhoo, yeah...that's my theory.
and explorer.exe isn't Internet Explorer. it's the desktop and task bar and Windows folders and whatnot. jsyk