I have an XP which I decided to get the window service update a few days ago, and I have been struggling with it since then, and I hope folks here could point me in the right direction.
My XP version is a few years old,. The service update seems to require multiple passes to bring it up to service pack 2. I also have Norton AntiVirus 2005 loaded. As I was going through the painful, multi-pass process:
- The machine becomes slower (even after restart)
- At startup, the Data Execution Prevention complains about window needs to close the generic host service, then after a bit, an error message would come up indicating error with executing the generic host service. This happens repeatedly for a few times during the start up process.
- It took a long time to load IE.
- I can surf to most of the sites fine, but if I attempt to download from IE, say, from lavasoft.com or HijackThis, it just sits there and stalls. Eventually, I have to kill the process via task manager since it's no longer responding. Nor can I read my webmail, thus leave me to think it could be a popup blocker issue. I have both google and yahoo tool bars which provide popup blocking function, but they were not an issue before. I disabled the popup blocking in IE via the internet option. But that didn't help either.
- I turned Windows firewall off to no avail.
- I uninstall and re-install Norton AntiVirus 2005 to no avail.
- When I click on the address field in IE, it takes forever before it comes back with the list.
- The wierd part is that, the background window update as well as Norton's virus update seem to work fine. So, could this still be a firewall issue?
At this point, I wasn't sure what could be the culprit(s) here (firewall rule setting? spyware?). Any suggestions would be appreciated.