|OS: Windows XP|
In that information, you should state the Edition of XP, and what
Service Packs you have.
Most Virus and Spyware scans are likely to work better in Windows Safe-Mode.
Also, you should state how many Network Connection Icons,
and what type, you have in the Network Connections folder.
You may want to right click on any not in use, then click "Disable."
I found this in a Web search (unrelated OS) that may give some Food for Thought ---
High CPU usage occurs for six seconds on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that has multiple network adapters
You may be forgotten by the time this weekend is overwith.