I'm new here but not new to PCs.
I have a quality hardware setup running legit WinXP pro. I am on ADSL with a fixed IP address. I use Zonealarm Internet Security.
I am as sure as I can be that there is no virus, malware, rootkit etc on the system.
The PC boots quickly. Just a few seconds to log in.
Indexing and Messenger services are OFF
When I launch an application, especially when I double click a file associated with the application, the application can take MINUTES before it appears.
I've disabled Zonealarm in my tests & troubleshooting but it made no difference.
However, if I disable the network, the application starts instantly.
I'm at my wits' end here and ready to reformat and re-install Windows. But before I do, anyone have any clues about the above issues and / or how to rectify them?