Most likely (IME) this will be a problem with Norton (most likely a corruption) and will be compounded by the lack of RAM.
A quick way to verify the Norton issue is to uninstall it, then run the Norton Removal Tool (available for free from here: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/norto...2908475279?Open
) If it speeds back up, then the Norton was to blame. Either reinstall the Norton or pick another solution (our recommendations are here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html
) Don't leave the system unprotected!!!
To verify this....
Open up Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and click on the Processes tab
Then click on the View menu item and select "Select columns"
In the next window, place a checkmark next to I/O Reads and click OK to accept the change
Then resize the Task Manager window so you can see all the columns (and as many of the processes as is possible).
Double click on the I/O Reads column to sort it by I/O Reads (this will tell us about hard drive activity).
Then do whatever causes the lag to happen. Copy down the Image Names for the one's that take the most hard drive activity.
Then repeat this for the Memory column.
Next, go to the Performance tab in Task Manager and initiate the behavior that causes the lag. See what happens with the pagefile graph. Then check the numbers in the Physical Memory to see what's Available - also check the Commit charge to see if the Total is approaching the Peak. Also see how close to the Limit that the Peak is.
Back in the day when XP was first released, 512 mB of RAM quickly became the standard for it's use. But as RAM prices have decreased, and programmers are able to design increasingly complex programs, 512 mB of RAM just doesn't cut it. At work we recommend a minimum of 1 gB with 2 gB being optimal for todays programs (this'll depend on what the computer is able to handle too).
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