-Frag the whole hard drive, saving essentials to my external, and then reinstall XP. Only problem is I don't know if Dell's restore disk would let me do a clean install of XP.
-Restore to an earlier date. I've tried to go back a few days before but I keep seeing that the restore failed and I should pick another date (tried 4 different dates!)
-Keep doing what I'm doing, clean up step by step over time. This is least appealing to me because it feels like band-aids on a severed arm. But if you think it would work, or know some way to make it work better, I'll hear you.
EDIT: I just remembered to mention that I have tried all things listed in the slow PC sticky in this forum. I have no malware and my disk is defragged. Trying out the MSconfig replacement as you read this.
Edited by Ryan 3000, 26 October 2008 - 02:22 PM.