|I'm guessing you're not familiar with basic file system maintenance. Do you still have IE set to store every site you visited for the past 20 days? Do you ever dump the contents of your temp folder? What about history, temp internet files, cookies? Do you scan for viruses regularly? What about spyware & malware? Do you have a firewall installed?|
Cleaning and Tweaking Downloads
Firewalls and Security Downloads
Do you have a lot of crap loading at startup? iTunes, Realplayer, QuickTime, AIM, Yahoo messenger, etc? All that stuff slows the system down. If you need it, fine, but don't have it preload at startup. You can run MSCONFIG to disable unnecessary programs from loading at startup.
How to use MSCONFIG in Windows XP
Do you have any toolbars installed such as Google, Yahoo, etc? They won't register as spyware but that's exactly what they are...get rid of them!