Posted 16 July 2008 - 03:47 PM
I am using Windows XP on my Dell Demension 4550.
I recently switched the automatic updates back on (can't remember why I shut it off to begin with) and it worked fine.....except that it downloaded so many updates, that it began to interfere with what I was doing on my computer (working, uploading images to my site, etc), so I shut it back off again (planning on turning it on once again when my work isn't so pressing and time sensitive). Automatic updates is currently off.
Well, ever since I shut the automatic updates off (and have installed god-only-knows how many updates and patches), my computer is suuuuuuuper slooooooooow.
I notice this most when I'm on the internet, when a page can now take a minute or two to display (and even though I'm still on dial-up (nothing else is offered in my area), this is a long time). Even cruising through my bookmarks now takes forever (when the bookmarks used to just swoosh by, now they literally tick by at an absolute crawl). My cursor and keyboard will also sometimes lag behind, but that happens most when the page I'm loading is loaded with big images (myspace is a good example).....but then again, this lagging didn't happen until I installed all of those updates.
My browsers are Mozilla and Firefox (and I switch back and forth between the two constantly).
I am loaded up with anti-virus, anti-malware and I use Sygate Personal Firewall. My anti-virus/spyware/malware list goes like this:
Spybot Search and Destroy
And I may have even missed one or two (and I think that some of what I've listed are more like utilities than programs?). All of my anti-everything programs have worked flawlessly together for a number of years now. The only big change I've made, are the windows updates (and I just installed a new monitor yesterday, but this problem was going on before the new monitor).
Anyway, what should I do? Any help is greatly appreciated.