For about a month now I've been noticing that when I start up my laptop - a little warning bubble from the taskbar pops up to tell me that my Windows Firewall is turned off, and suggests I turn it back on. I click the bubble to bring up the Firewall options window - and low and behold it's already on (or was never off to begin with). It's not a huge concern on my end, since now I just 'x' out the bubble and dismiss my laptop as compulsively lying to me...however I have also noticed a large lag that coincides with this issue. I tried minimizing all the programs required to start up when my computer does to a select few and desired things (like AIM, my printer, Wallpaper changer, etc) but my computer still hangs during start up. AIM will load and then begin to connect when the computer becomes almost completely unresponsive, after a short while (feels like a long while when sitting in front of the computer) it catches up with itself and that's when the bubble pops up.
I wasn't sure if this was an indicator of a more serious issue - or perhaps just a simple case of my computer growing old and thinking ahead of itself.
Thanks for the help!