Slow computer when connected to internet

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
December 12, 2012 at 01:07:49
Specs: Windows XP, 1.25 gb
Recently I had a problem with my computer relating to the internet. I don't always have a connection to the internet, I only have a connection when I need it. Its a local connection FYI. Anyways when I do need it, I connect and the computer starts to slow down to the point where I open the browser, click search in Google and the browser is all of a sudden unresponsive. On occasion I gain momentary control and can open the Task Manager; only with Task Manager will it work with me. But mostly it says it's unresponsive I push ctrl+alt+delete, I can't move the mouse, and I have to restart the computer. This is very annoying can anyone help me anything is appreciated.

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December 12, 2012 at 04:56:50
Do you have windows automatic update enabled? What about other installed software that might be trying to call home or update itself as soon as it detects your internet connection. eg antivirus. For me AV is the only thing I allow to automatically update.

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December 12, 2012 at 06:17:04
Agreed. If you only connect to the internet occasionally, every program that's set to auto-update will try to do so as soon as an internet connection is detected & that will slow the system. Do you have SP3 & all the other Windows Updates installed?

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December 15, 2012 at 01:14:32
Well, for one I turned off automatic updates because it didn't want to update in the first place, so I decided to update it as I needed them. I think it's a good possibility that most if not all the software is trying to connect. I have SP3 I had to install it manually,due to the fact windows update won't work for some reason, but it is installed on the computer. Lastly, do you know what kind of updates I should have on there.

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