Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile, 1.87 GB RAM, 4.5 years old, running XP
I had a malware problem which I've been dealing with over here:
I first noticed this issue shortly after running one of the early steps in my malware removal (after running Gmer) but it's possible it was present before then. I think the first thing I noticed was the boot up time. When I reboot, it seemed to hang on the XP welcome screen, but finally got to the log in screen. I couldn't actually click to log in though for a minute or 2, and then... well, the whole boot up from start to finish was over 15 minutes.
The task manager showed that the idle process was 95-99 but CPU usage was at 40-50 (even 60). I downloaded Process Explorer which was showing that all that unaccounted for CPU usage was "Interrupts". What does that mean? Is this due to a bad hardware component? a bad driver? How do I get more information on this?