I miss the internet so :(
Edit: AND I finally got it back, thank god. I wasn't able to afford downgrading to XP at the time (it is one of my top priorities, though) so I'm stuck with a refreshed Vista. It's so annoying having to redo all the settings I had, but whatever I'm glad to have it back.
The lesson, kids- if your computer is acting up beyond control but the anti-virus programs say it's fine.... take it to the repair shop anyway. Since Secrurom disrupts anti-virus programs.. I imagine it had a part to my computer's errors. I will not buy anymore EA products, because I think it's such crap that people do buy their products legally and they run that risk of ruining their computers just to play a game. Where's the justice in THAT? Seriously.
Since Sims 2 Deluxe DOES have Securom embedded, it's going to be a little longer before I can start working on content again. Sorry guys, but I don't want to go through this again :/