@ Little a,
You said it was slow of late... Have you pulled any maintenance of your lappy to keep it up to speed?
Start with removing any extra autoloaders that are not absolutely needed (anti-virus, firewall, and such are needed). Click Start--> Run-->
click the startup
uncheck everything but the essentials--> Apply--> Restart
Uninstall programs that you no longer use or need. Use their uninstall first, but if they do not have the option, go into Control Panel--> Add/ Remove Programs
and nix them.
Scan for adware/ spyware, as well as viruses. For adware/ spyware, download MS AntiSpyware (free for owners of Windows). For scanning for viruses, update your antivirus and scan, or check out http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
for a free online scan.
Defragment your hard drive. Start--> All Programs--> Accessories--> System Tools--> Disk Defragmenter
. Not only will this free up some space on your hard drive, it will also increase your computer's ability to quickly locate information on your drive.
Try these out, and post back if if helps any.