|McAfee is somewhat of a resource hog. That and only having 503 meg of ram is likely the main reason for your slowdown. Another reason is having too much stuff running in the background. Besides Mcafee have you installed other software since it was running good?|
You can try uninstalling Mcafee and see if that helps. Even with an uninstall sometimes remnants are left and you may need to do a system restore choosing a date from before its install.
If removing Mcafee does speed things then you need to look for a less burdensome AV.
Whether you remove Mcafee or not it's a good idea to max out the ram in the laptop. I have a similar Dell laptop and you should be able to get at least a gig in it.
Edit Yeah, the specs for it show a maximum of 1.25 gig of ram. It's got 256 meg built in and then you can add up to a gig.
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