I opened Firefox and everything was very plain. No add ons, no crazy overloaded toolbar, the settings looked like default and my computer was running slower. I've recently downloaded a few trial programs but not a lot of changes besides combining and renaming picture and document files (which is a constant thing I'm always doing to stay organized). I checked this forum and another regarding the problem and followed advice given to others. I read about how Firefox loses setting when closed improperly so I've uninstalled Firefox and reinstalled it. No improvement. I uninstalled the trial programs (windows repair pro? and spyware terminator). When I first checked on Control Panel, add/delete programs, the Spyware Terminator was listed at using 7,488 MB. That is crazy! And is it even possible? I immediately deleted it.
I've also cleared unneccessary start up/services programs.
I know there are resources that give ten easy steps to a faster running computer and so on but I'd like to check with you guys to see if there is anything besides what I've mentioned and defragging, reboot, etc. that I can check on to see if some unknown change happened to cause the computer to slow down and the loss of my internet settings. I don't understand toolbar organization other than what you can do under customize so I may have screwed up by downloading too many addons.
Please consider offering any advice even if it doesn't address the whole issue. I appreciate your views and look forward to any help you can offer.
Edit: Oh, I did open the Run, Regedit but didn't make any changes. I know to stay out of the registry, I usually do, but I was following a tutorial/advice trying to change the default on something(eliminating temp. files) Again, I did not change anything.
Edited by tillytoo9, 21 July 2007 - 09:13 PM.