I recently starting having major difficulties with my browser. When I open internet explorer it takes about 10-15 seconds for the first web site to appear, and nearly that long when any subsequent websites are selected. When it a new site/page does appear, the loading process is longer than it used to be, and scrolling / selecting links on the page when it loads is very slow. I also had a problem where IE would completely shut down in the middle of accessing a new web page/site or at times it would revert to a dell page showing a bunch of related links. Symptoms of the problem include a hard drive that sounds like it is working overtime and a CPU that appears to working overtime as well- often at 60-90% of capacity even when just using IE with no other applications open.
So far, I have run a full scan of my sytem using McAfee security center and also did a McAfee maintance scan/deletion that cleaned out my internet cookies/caches etc.... I also defragmented. I also upgraded to IE7 from IE6 (this fixed the crashing problem, but page/site access s still as slow as before) and I ran pcpitstop which didn't show any significant problems. Maybe I should go to IE8? I should mention that I tried Safari and it was almost as slow. Other PCs/laptops working on my home network work fine, so it isn't the internet connection. There are a lot of processes running, but I'm reluctant to kill more of those as it is difficult to say which ones are necessary and which ones aren't. Certainly the number of processes running isn't larger than it has been previously.
I'm at a loss as to what is causing this problem. I have a Dell E510 with an Pentium D 2 core processor (about 2.5 yrs old) with 3GB of memory and enough HD space left as well. It has a relatively new graphics card so my son can play his new Call of Duty.
Any advice on what else I could try to fix the problem would be appreciated. I am planning to buy a new computer soon-- I am editing large batches of raw NEF files from a 12 megapixel DSLR using lightroom, and more processing horsepwer would be great and my kids will get this computer. But after this recent problem, as well as prior problems with software and the DVD drive on the Dell, I think I may cough up for a Mac.... I don't know why microsoft can't make these systems more manageable.
Edited by ZinMe, 29 May 2009 - 11:42 AM.