I do not know why there would be a difference in how the computer respnods depending on how the computer is started. I am not sure that your startup programs have anything to do with anything, I only mention that because you said it takes a long time for the computer to boot and that you have many things listed in the taskmanager. I know a lot of people have a lot more things in taskmanager than I do and their systems run fine, but I only have 21 processes listed when I open taskmanager before opening any other program after starting my system.
There is only the free version of Spybot and I am sorry that I did not explain how to get to the startup section of it but I was hurrying to reply before going to work and did not even think about the fact that you might not know how to get to it.
When you open Spybot, on the top bar, the toolbar, it lists file, mode, language and help. Click on mode and select advanced mode. Then, below the buttons you mentioned, there should be three box type things titled, Settings, Tools and Info. Click on Tools, then, towards the bottom of the list, should be the third one from the bottom, click on System Startup. That is where you will find all things that load on startup. There is a bar on the right side of that window with 2 arrows. If you click on that, it will open another panel. When you click on an item listed in the startup list, if there is info available about that item, it will be listed in that panel.
Any program listed that does not have info available for it there, or you are just unsure of, you can either google it or just post it here and I, or someone else, will help you determine if it should stay checked or not. I have to work tomorrow so probably cannot help much til later tomorrow night but others should be around.
believe ram clears out when the computer is restarted.
Just to be sure you are free of malware and such, you might want to do a scan with SuperAntiSpyware which you can get from SuperAntiSpyware.com
Edited by Stang777, 27 February 2010 - 02:05 AM.