First thing to do is back up your data to removable media (CD, Floppy, etc). It may be infected, so be careful!
Then, if you can get an anti-virus and antispyware scan to run - do so.
Press Ctrl-Alt-Del (all at the same time), then click on the processes tab to see what's consuming all the CPU cycles. If there's anything (other than System Idle Process) that's got numbers above 5 or 10 (that's %) - right click on it and select "End Process".
Go to Start...Run...and type in "msconfig" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Check to see what's running at startup and disable those that you don't need.
Next, try to run SFC.EXE /SCANNOW from the Run dialog (Start...Run...) It may prompt you for your XP installation disk, so please have it ready. If it does prompt you for the CD, please go to Windows Update immediately afterwards and have it check for updates.
Edited by usasma, 18 January 2006 - 08:14 AM.
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