Two days ago I started having some irritating problems with my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, running Windows XP Media Center Edition.
First off, Windows started taking forever to load. I timed it twice, and each time it took around three minutes to start up.
Not only is startup slow... everything is slow! Seems like programs take twice as long to load as they used to.
Oftentimes when I load a program, I will experience stuttering and framerate drops.
Whereas I used to be able to run several processes simultaneously without a hitch, now it seems like having even one process running causes stuttering.
I am not a computer expert, but I know how to perform basic maintenance.
I've done multiple virus and adware/malware scans, I've cleaned up temporary and unnecessary files (manually and with EasyCleaner) to the point where I went from having 5GB free on my drive to having 35GB free. I've defragmented my local C: drive. I've cleaned up my registry. I've disabled a lot of unnecessary startup programs, leaving only the essentials. I've even dug around at the underbelly of my comp and gotten rid of some dust that had accumulated there. But seems like nothing has changed.
I'm really at a loss as to what else I could do right now. Any help would be much appreciated.
EDIT: Moved from XP to Am I Infected forum ~ Hamluis.
Edited by hamluis, 10 June 2010 - 02:06 PM.