That old poker game was full of issues too. Most of them are.
Is this the same comp with the fried mobo after Windows Updates, or a diff one?
MS Essentials is a suite that runs resident, not just when you have a problem. It's A-V +Spyware preventive. Likewise Avira is a preventive. Are you running anything resident, meaning in the background?
No the fried mobo is d-e-a-d dead. have like 3 laptops here 2 are up n running aok.
MS essentials running resident or anything running from MS these days is not what i find comforting at all.
The reviews of essentials were mediocre at best.
I got rid of the BrowserQuest service.dll Finally and all is well with the 2 running laptops.
I run WinPatrol and just use malwarebytes or whatever i want when i want-then uninstall it.