Posted 26 December 2009 - 10:15 PM
Are you waiting until it is fully loaded IE: the hard drive light has stopped flashing? On my older machines I find they need time to wake up if you ask them to do things before they are loaded they kind of fall on there knees. I have all the same security stuff you do plus Malewarebytes, all that stuff does take it toll even on the newer faster machines. Also when you load a bunch of stuff it is a good idea to defrag the system. To find you mem hogs You can get an idea of which items are being hogs by opening the task manager do Control+Alt+Del then click on processes, you can expand the box by clicking the box in the upper right corner. firefox.exe or IE will be the biggest number on the right with MsMpEng.exe will be second in size.
Are you keeping up with system maintenance? Defragging IMO should be done weekly, scan disc done at least once a month, dumping temp files and junk you have covered with Ccleaner. Though IMO the registry part of Ccleaner should be disabled, mucking about with the registry is always iffy.
Honesty & Integrity Above All!