1. Zone Alarm
These are the only applications that run when Windows XP is started. Back then, it performs really well, takes only about 30 seconds to get from boot-up to usable condition. AVG and Zone Alarm's icon are immediately present at the system tray. That's how I know if it is in usable condition.
Then these last few days, the 30-second startup became a long 1 and a half minutes.. Zone Alarm's icon takes forever to appear at the system tray, and when I run memory-hogging applications, it lags and sometimes freezes..
The other day, it just became SOOO slow that I had to restart it. When it reached the desktop, it froze again.. then a BSOD appeared, I didn't get a chance to see what's in it because it, like, flashed just a second.. then it restarted. Then it came into the booting screen which showed something like:
Searching for boot record from floppy :
Searching for boot record from IDE-0: OK/
Then it just froze. I hit the restart button on the CPU, then, it appeared again..
Yesterday, I cleaned my CPU, making sure it's free of dust. Then I tried booting up the PC. It boot up quite well, but still, startup programs take forever to load. Then just now, memory-hogging programs lagged like crazy.. I brought up Task Manager and saw that svchost.exe was using about 60,000K of memory, much higher than normal..
Could someone help me on this?
Windows XP Pro SP2
Intel Pentium 4 2.26 Ghz
378MB of RAM
40GB HDD / 18 GB of Free Space