Having programs installed on the harddrive is not the cause of slowness. A full harddrive can cause this. Having too many programs running in the background, malware, a full temporary internet folder, and certain security programs are usually the cause of a slow computer.
Use Startup Inspector to stop programs you don't need to start each time you start the computer. Clean your computer's temporary files, logs, etc. with Ccleaner.
Have only one Antivirus, one antispyware and one firewall running.
Below are links to the free programs mentioned above.http://www.windowsstartup.com/startupinspector.php
Remove temporary files, logs, cookies, etc. by using Ccleaner. Do not use "Advanced Settings" or the "Issues" button. Use only the default settings. http://www.ccleaner.com/
Install Super Antispyware. Run a full scan. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds. http://www.superantispyware.com/
Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
Please let us know the results.
Suggest you defragment your hard drive after doing the above.
Edited by buddy215, 17 September 2007 - 01:49 PM.