Try downloading microsoft anti-spyware utility. Run a full system scan.
I run a full system scan every night
And I just reformatted 2 days ago. I had too, I had tried that x64 bit Windows O/S, but discovered it wasn't compatible with my Palm software which I HAVE to have to function. So I took the opportunity to reformat on my smallest hard drive. I prefer having my O/S on my smallest ones. That way if I get a virus, I can shut down the smallest one and avoid losing my back ups. http://www.techist.com/showthread.php?threadid=44286
How many startup items do you have? If you have a lot, go to start, run, type msconfig, go to startup, disable all except antivirus and firewall if you have one. See if this makes any difference.
If I do that, I tend to accidently delete something I truly need so I've learned to leave well enough alone after trying THAT trick about 8 times in the past. But I do go and use the *always hide* feature so I don't have to LOOK at the danged things in my Start up bar*, LOL. Liz
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