Yeah,CeaSaR wrote:One possibility that hasn't been mentioned yet: A scanner software (antivirus, spy/mal/adware) that runs at
startup and checks for problems that may occur at that time. That would significantly slow things down if it
is set to take precedence over all other actions/processes. I know that I had started to have problems with
my older XP machine in that Spybot S&D's TeaTimer was making the machine a real slug. I have to go in at
each startup through Sysinternal's Process Explorer (you can find it at Microsoft's website) and turn it off at
startup. Work's a heck of a lot better after that.
Yeah, my install of XP is over 5 years old and buggered by my oldest who wouldn't heed his parent's warning
against downloads and installs, but it works okay. One of these days I'll do a reinstall and fix it correctly.
That's a good point.
I'm using Spybot myself.
But I shut off TeaTimer when I reinstalled it.
There are other programs that will be running in the back ground like Adobe Reader 8.
Or Java Flash Player.
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