Im posting this just in case anyone finds this forum and has an issue like the one I described( I googled my issue and found this site, with similiar older posts) . After reading the replies from gregrocker, I called HP, asked them to help me stop bloatware, and do a recovery, the rep told me they have had similar problems, and asked me if my computer is "hooked up correctly" She asked how many cords I had plugged into my monitor. I had 3 at that time, she said that was the issue, I only needed 2, I removed one, and so far the issue has not come back. She explained with that extra cord plugged in (there was a blue cord and a white cord that "screw" in), I was confusing the computer and removing one usually helps that issue go away. As I said before, I dont know much about computers, and it is embarassing to admit it was something this simple (hopefully) but in case anyone else has the issue and finds this, maybe this will help them too--- so far its been working fine. Thanks again to the guy replying and trying to help me figure out whats wrong. I sure hope that this stops!! If not Ill try the next advice you sent.