Outlook 2003 Hyperlinks Slow

Microsoft Outlook 2003 (full product)
July 6, 2010 at 02:06:39
Specs: Windows XP
I use Outlook 2003 with latest Windows XP and IE8. All of a sudden clicking a hyperlink in an email takes 30+ sec to load browser page. IE is default browser (generally and in Outlook), file associations good, IE temp files/history cleared regularly. No defrag prob. Anyone got any ideas ?

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July 6, 2010 at 02:29:17
Zed1942, slowness is one of the more common complaints heard and it can have a number of causes. I'll enumerate a few of the more common and we'll hope that hits you.

Cable access? The number of folks trying to access the net at once can slow things down. Get up in the middle of the night and see if it's faster. If so, learn to love it (the slowness), it's them not you.

Speed depends on memory and a lot of machines are right on the borderline when it comes to meeting required minimums so any added 'memory hog' has an adverse effect. Add memory?
Sorta along those same lines is your startup menu. Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the startup menu. That usually only causes slow booting, but ... Take a look at what you have running in the background and be sure there aren't extras.
An overzealous firewall reading each item over and over can significantly slow things.

A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often (daily).
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
Ed in Texas.

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July 6, 2010 at 02:52:48
Hi Ed - what kept you ! Many thanks for prompt reply. Got 3.5GB of RAM and no prob with speed of my fibre cable access on any other use. Never quite sure what things can do without on startup but will take a look. Using AVG virus/firewall so maybe some recent update has decided it needs to check each link a few thousand times before opening. Found index.dat in C:/i386 but only 16k ? I do have System Mechanic so guess would have thought that it had facilities like CCleaner ..... Will keep you posted and once again thanks for instant reply

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