I've seen such machines and for proof we loaned them a HDD to load a clean install and the problems did not go away. As PCs age they can go unstable which is nothing but a time sink to those that feel they can find what is wrong.
As you get past a decade on PCs you know to avoid those time traps.
Most forums I know of will not investigate crashes on old PCs. However if you want to get more time on this PC and since you use it for Chrome (you didn't reveal what else) then Linux is the next stop. It has Chrome, a very nice Office alternative and a lot more going for it.
I have XP and have been using it a long time, it's been very reliable.
I have been experiencing frequent and sudden crashes (with reboots) when I am browsing.
-) I have done numerous virus scans
-) I have spybot and super-antispyware scans
-) Tried numerous browsers, and have been using Chromium v. 54.20.6530.0
-) tried to turn off most un-needed "services"
-) Run chkdsk
I have seen forums where people post some kind of a crash log, and others can see why it crashed and how to resolve it.
I would like to get a little more life out of this computer before I buy the next one.
I would appreciate your help!
Can anyone help this newbie discover why