I have gone through a whole host of possible solutions, including but not limited to, the advice in these posts:
--Help! My computer is slow!.
--Slow Computer Checklist
The system seems free of malware, judging from Ad-Aware, Malwarebytes and Spyware Blaster scans.
PC Pitstop IDs a few issues but not seem obviously egregious.
My hard drive doesn't need defragging.
I'm running AVG Free 8.5 antivirus
It's a pretty old and not especially fast or powerful system -- Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz, 786 MB memory -- but until now it has served as a perfectly decent web surfer.
What I'd really like to do is start fresh and reinstall XP, however, I bought this computer used and stupidly didn't get disks for XP Pro or the Office XP suite that is installed.
Is there a way that I can salvage this box? Or is it time to move on?
Edited by MartinBeck, 26 September 2009 - 02:29 PM.