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Slow PC command response

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My computer command response is very slow at times. If I want to print something - it will take about 4-5 minutes before the printer will start printing.

When I am in IE and click on my Favorites - the drop down does not suddenly appear as it used - it will take about 10 seconds or more.

When I want to save a file - again - it can take up to a minute at times after I click the SAVE button.

If I type a web address into my IE address line - it takes minutes before the site loads. I use Google as my Homepage and if I type the web address in the Google search - the site loads immediately. I am Broadband user.

I use Photo Impact XL almost daily and saving files or opening files is almost as if the program freezes - yet it doesn't - just that some commands are very very slow to respond. I get the "search flashlight" on the screen for way too long - the flashlight search thing shows up not just in Photo Impact but quite often when I am opening or saving any file.

I have run Lavasoft Adware - Spybot - Microsofts Beta Version Spyware that HP recommonded I download which didn't find half the spyware that Adware did.
I have defragged - I have McAfee Cleaner and have cleaned my computer.......
Nothing helps.....do I have Spyware somewhere on my computer that I just am not catching - what can I do that I haven't already tried ??? :tazz: .......

Also my clock from time to time slows down a few minutes.........
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Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you will need the XP CD

System File Check will display an onscreen blue progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot.

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this. This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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