I am onto the second attempt to figure out what is going on with my notebook. I am running XP, and I have done extensive work in with a moderator in the "Am I Infected" area. I thought to try that first, but we didn't find any viruses and we did all we could do to clean up my computer, but there still seems to be some other explanation for my original problem. The moderator there suggested I come hang out in another forum and see if someone could help me figure out the issue and resolve it.
For many many months (Perhaps a year or longer now) I have had a terrible time with my notebook. My system is Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3. I have a 144GB C Drive capacity with 51.1GB free, however; I only recently downloaded a lot of photos and videos onto my notebook, which used a significantly larger amount of disk space than was previously used when this problem began.
My computer moves, for the most part, at a snail's speed. It is frustrating/bordering on intolerable. I use to run Firefox, and it would sit there for such a lengthy amount of time trying to load pages that I thought there might be some strange Firefox issue, but I knew it was not just my browser because I had the same slowness, freezing, and hangs when attempting to use any program on my notebook. Whether it is Word, email, opening a program from my "All Programs" menu, opening the "Start" menu, trying to access the "Control Panel" and so on, things all respond strangely slow, or they freeze or hang. It can literally be minutes passing before I can move from one browser page to the next or before I can open a new Word document.
If I check my "Task Manager" I don't see anything indicating a problem. My CPU usage can be as low as 2-25, and there is no improvement. In fact, I don't believe I have ever seen the CPU running high. My commit charge may be 700/2431, and there is still a problem. When I look at the "Applications" tab I occasionally see a program "not responding".
The slowness, freezing, and hanging does not correlate to the number of tabs I have open on my browser. Before this began occurring I could have 20+ tabs open and still be booking along. I could open a page in a split second, open and get programs running, and save with a click of a button. Now I can have one or two browser tabs open, and you might suspect I have 200 because of the slow response. Although, as I mentioned, this is independent of a browser issue because it is occurring with any program or process I am using.
After we did all the malware/virus investigation and tidying up, the moderator helping me suggested there could be some software conflict? Or something interfering with the functionality of my notebook. Whatever it is, it is driving me c.r.a.z.y.
I do not remember which forum he thought might be useful, but I peeked at the hardware forum, and I am not sure that is correct so can someone tell me if I have landed in the right place and heeeeellllllllppppp me?
Thank you in advance for your time and reply,