I have XP SP2 and I recently started to experience consistant problems with my internet Explorer as it keeps freezing on me, or just refuses to open certain links while browsing websites. I also noticed that the "search" function does not work anymore (it freezes the PC for 10 - 20 seconds without opening the search windows) however I can still search via Windows explorer.
This problem started when I downloaded the last Windows update from the Microsoft site (Beginning of April 2005) and the last version of messenger (7.0)
I have since tried a system restore with no luck, downloaded Microsoft antispyware (I also have Ad-aware) and updated my Norton anti-virus. I did find a couple of spywares, and cleaned everything up.
I also did a free scan from Registryfix, and it did identify multiple problems (about 191 of them!!) however I wonder if buying the sofware will really take care of my problems (this program has mixed reviews) I previously used DashBug, then realized it contained spyware, so I uninstalled it.
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Intel® Celeron® D 330 Processor
Operates at 2.66 GHz
256KB L2 cache & 533 MHz FSB
Intel® 845GV Chipset
768 MB DDR (PC 2700) Was originally @ 256 MB
60 GB HDD 1
All programs seems to work just fine (except for Internet Explorer!!!), I usually run MSN messenger (witn MSN plus), Skype and Explorer.
I have attached a screenshot of my task manager so you can see what is currently running on my PC
Any ideas why this is happening?