Posted 17 July 2010 - 08:16 PM
Hello hamluis. This is an XP system, and it's the same system on which the malware issue was fixed. It has 2.0 GB of RAM, and I was experiencing the same lag using IE. Today I was prompted about a new Windows Update, and I installed it. Things have been running smoothly since then, but I'm not sure if the two events are related. I took some of the actions suggested anyway. Since my last post, I have:
-checked my laptop's vents. They're clean, but I noticed that one of my fans isn't running. The laptop gets a little warm there. I couldn't check inside my laptop because I don't have the appropriate tools to open it.
-cleared my Firefox cache and history. I also made some of the tweaks suggested on the slow computer/browser page.
-ran a disk cleanup.
-ran an error check. It found and fixed a bad sector.
-did not run System File Checker, because I'm not sure where my XP installation CD is...
-opened Device Manager and checked the statuses of the devices. I found no errors, although under the Monitors category, I noticed I have four copies of Default Monitor.
-defragged my hard drive again, since I didn't run CHKDSK beforehand the first time.
-modified which services are automatic, manual, and disabled
-turned off indexing
-adjusted my visual effects for best performance
I looked in the event log, and there have been about 40 errors since the problems started occurring. Would you like me to give these to you? As I said before, things are running smoothly now, although I don't really know why. Things seem even faster since I optimized my computer a little bit, but things might just seem that way since my computer was slow just a bit ago.
Thanks again for your help.