I have a PC (PC # 1) running Win XP (SP3) and connected to the internet via a cabled connection to a router. There are two other computers connected to the same router (PC # 2 and # 3).
For four years, PC # 1 has connected to the internet quickly and reliably, using Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and SSH Secure Shell Client. About two weeks ago, it started to take about a minute to connect to the internet for the initial connection after a restart or after a resume from standby. The second and later connections ware as rapid as before. Connections to the internet from PC # 2 and PC # 3 have not been affected, i.e., they have taken as long as they did before.
So I assume it's something about PC # 1, or its connection to the network, that is causing the lag, not something about the router.
Here's what I've tried:
- powered off and restarted the router (even though I don't suspect it, for reasons mentioned)
- ran full scans with MS Security Essentials, Malwarebytes, Spybot S & D; an unusually large amount of malicious items were found and removed, but there was no improvement in the problem described here
- using different programs for the initial connection to the internet (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, SSH Secure Shell Client)
None of those things have helped.
Are there any tests or things I could check (e.g. in Task Manager) to try to figure out what's causing the problem?
Though I'm posting this to the Networking forum, I guess it might be a Win XP issue; let me know if you think I should try there first.