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XP slow startup & now freezing!

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You guys have helped me in the past & I'm back again I'm afraid!
Here's the problem:
Computer has started freezing for no apparant reason.
1) Ran virus scans (MBAM & Avast) - nothing (have Spywareguard & Comodo too)
2) Looked inside tower but virtually no dust - cleaned anyway
3) I run ATF cleaner & defrag regularly
4) I update regularly

Comodo says I have 36 apps active & running in memory - huh?
Comodo shows between 70 & 90 outbound connections which are a majority of
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe - why so many? :)

I'm wondering if too much traffic is blocking my system...
I only use the computer for office stuff & Internet, occasionally to
watch a DVD/ listen to CD. I don't download stuff like music/films/games. So why so much "stuff"?!
The computer is a Dell from 2004 - are these it's death throes?

Help please!
from a very confused
Langlaise69 :)
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Well I seem to have resolved the main problem by following the instructions in a similar case: Auslogics Defrag & Tempcleaner. I ran ATF in Safemode too, I'm no longer freezing though everything still takes a lot of time to load :)
All those svchost.exe connections to Internet really puzzle me - 70-80 a time - why?
However that is just curiosity so you may close this topic if you want!
Cheers! :)
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Download Combofix

Run your Windows into SAFE MODE then scan your pc with Combofix
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