For the past few weeks I have been having a very annoying lagging problem. It occurs when opening Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook, Word, etc; and when opening Internet explorer. This problem isn't only occuring with Microsoft software but even games, Adobe photoshop, Media player...
This happens when I connect to the internet too. It takes about 3 minutes for the box to popup saying what speed I am connected at. Not sure if there is a relation to my problem I posted about here http://www.techist.com/showthread.php?threadid=68559
but this problem started happening around the same time.
Basically it takes 3-5 minutes for something to open up after I double click it or select open. It doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen a lot. When this "lag" occurs I can't even get task manager to popup when I ctrl+alt+delete.
All the while this lag is occuring I can still open up folders such as My documents, etc.
Sometimes this has totally froze my computer forcing me to shut it down manually by the off button.
Here is what I have done: I run a virus scan every day and I don't have a virus, I have installed Microsoft AntiSpyware which has found and deleted 8 bad files, I have downloaded the updates for XP and Microsoft office which took forever with my internet problems. I have uninstalled programs I don't need. I tried a full scan disk. I have tried system restore which didn't help but I may try it again. I tried this after I uninstalled some software. Though the software was uninstalled, it still showed up under the Add/Remove software menu and I couldn't get rid of what I uninstalled previously. Besides, I would have to pick a system check point from like 3 weeks ago and after all the updates I have done, I'm not sure I want to.
I was going to do disk defrag but it told me I didn't need to but I am going to do it anyway. It has been less than a month since I have defragged, but I don't think this is the problem.
Please help, I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated!!
P.S. my specs are in my siggy