I found a few problems on the machine...the first being that you don't have enough RAM to properly run XP. I know that Microsoft says you can run WinXP with 128MB of RAM, but all that will allow you to do is start the machine. 256MB will get you a little better performance, but if you want to run good, you'll need at least 384MB . 512MB is what I usually recommend. You have 156MB
The second is that this is an upgrade from Win98 and the machine is still loaded down with all kinds of old Win98 patches and updates. Many of these are no longer needed and are just clogging the arteries, so to speak.
Third, the only Anti-Virus I see on the machine is Panda Active Scan. This is a good scanner, but is not protecting your machine. Panda scan is like rolling up the car window...right after it rains. It's good to do, but it's a bit too late...
Which leads me to No. four...I'd be willing to bet your machine really IS possessed by demons...of the malware variety. Viri and spyware are notorious for causing poor performance and, if left unchecked, can eventually lead to unrecoverable failure.Game Plan:
Up the RAM. Another 256MB would work wonders on this machine...512MB would really do the trick. You have a couple of available slots.
Run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter from System Tools (Click Start, point to All Programs, then to Accessories, then to System Tools, select the tool) Start with Cleanup...then run Defragmenter.
Get some real Anti-Malware protection going. Avast!
is good and is free...so is AVG
. Also get an Anti-Spyware application AdAware
is a good one...so is Windows Defender
. Both are freebies. Run one Anti-Virus program and one Anti-Spyware program at all times!
Which brings us again to No. four...Please go to the Malware Forum
and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the Start Here
...then post a HiJackThis log in THAT Forum
. Be patient, the Malware Forum is a very busy place and a two or three day wait is not unusual. DO NOT REPLY TO OR BUMP YOUR OWN LOG. If it shows a reply it may be overlooked as one that is being worked on.
If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.