Posted 23 February 2006 - 11:15 AM
Also, try clicking the start button then click on run
then type in the run box
Go to the start up tab and make sure everything that appears is as you would expect (printers, anti-virus, ms office etc. etc.) You may see some entries that are blatant malware. Uncheck such entries then restart. Keep unchecking suspect programs until you have isolated all unwanted programs. This is a step I take to ensure no baddies are being loaded that slow performance. If all looks well then that is a good sign of course. You will be asked to restart to make the changes effective. When you restart you may get some error messages from the programs that you disabled, but if the programs are malevolent you will get some idea of which ones are causing the probs.
If these programs are undesirable, have your anti-malware remove them if possible...Lavasoft's Adaware is pretty good.
I hope this helps. If not there are other deeper, more technical methods of troubleshooting which are best left to more experienced souls on this site. The people on here are very very smart so no worries..your PC will be back to normal in no time.