Frankly, as long as you allow spyware on a machine, my outlook and prognosis is that such a machine isn't going to be that great an experience.
The spyware/parasite invasion seems to have reached the fevered pitch of email spam. BUT you do need IE working to use Windows Update, so let's try the usual.
1. Read the following link about parasites. Use the full complement of pest detection and removal tools and keep LSPFIX handy in case a bug has tampered with the Layered Service Provider. The set includes Adaware, Spybot, Cwshredder and Housecall.
2. Windows ME is DOS based and has some 64 thousand byte resource pools that are not expandable. Spyware eats into this precious resource and oddities will happen. Rebooting is common with these older OSes, but you can help the machine by ejecting all pests and reading the Optimizing Windows (then using it!) from
running Windows ME, keep getting booted out of programs and back to the desktop...the programs keep running...it's as if I've clicked outside of the program, dig? Playing a full screen game will boot me back to the desktop with the game still running, typing away at a Word document and will suddenly be outside of the program...d/l Ad-aware per someone's suggestion, mostly cookies and "Wild Tangent" files...deleted everything but Wild Tangent, isn't it a video driver or something?
Also, I found a program running but I can't find what it is...the file name is "Ncijcjbd" and it's in my system folder. ? Is there a website I can go to to look up these unknown programs to see what they are?