Photoshop is a big resource hog. I would check my virtual memory settingshttp://www.putergeek.com/virtual_memory/
Windows 98 has a built-in resource meter. Ironically, it is such a resource hog itself as to be totally useless in a case like this. Fortunately, the free TinyResMeter can be easily configured to monitor system resources. There's no need to unzip or install it; just run it. When the little "bug" icon appears in the System Tray, right click on it. Go to the Fields menu and select the following items: CPU usage, SYS, GDI, and RAM (there are other fields as well, but these are of the most interest right now). Initially, this will at least give you warning of impending doom -- when SYS and/or GDI drop below about 40%, you are in the danger zone.TinyResMeter
Next, download and run CodeStuff Starter and/or HijackThis to find out what's running. Note: read the instructions on the linked page for HjT very carefully (the main download link is broken -- use one of the mirrors). Do not actually remove anything from your startup or Registry until you have posted the log that it generates and are given explicit instructions on what to remove. See my article (linked below) for more on these. I recommended Starter specifically because it can be used to kill a process while keeping an eye on TinyResMeter for system response.Codestuff
- HijackThis tutorial by Jim Eshelman http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...showtutorial=42
- HijackThis tutorial http://aumha.net/viewforum.php?f=30 http://spywarewarrior.com/viewforum.php?f=5
- Spyware Warrior HijackThis forum http://www.wilderssecurity.com/ http://forums.tomcoyote.org/ http://castlecops.com/forum67.html
When you installed AOL, you also installed useless accessories and so-called quality of service (QoS) corporate spyware. It may not be malicious, but it's definitely excess baggage. Both Starter and HjT have the ability to save out the process list so you can show us what's running and the forum gurus can tell you what to strip out.
Also, you can try this to free up some system resources, go to run and type msconfig, when the box pops up click the startup tab. There will be a big list of different items with checkboxes, some items you might recognize for these uncheck the items you dont need to turn on at start up, for the ones that you dont recognize go to www.sysinfo.org and under startup items enter the names of the startup items you dont know, the website will tell you what it is and if you need it. (The more you uncheck the more resources youll get, but if you dont know what something is, find out before you uncheck it.
Last but not least consider using the Firefox browser and look here
to tweak it.