Before posting, I downloaded and ran TFC and Erunt (created restore point). Downloaded malwarebytes and ran (quickscan)-- had one problem (Trymedia systems) which I removed. I use AVG version 9.0.814 (although I stopped a few processes (Linkscanner and resident shield?) that I thought might be running in the background and causing slowdowns? I removed my old spyware tools (Adaware and Spybot) and installed and ran (quickscan) SUPERAntispyware.
I have disabled my firewall (to see if it speeds things up).
I've been reading through all of your performance suggestions but there are so many things that can be done -- not sure which of them I should do. I use adobe reader a lot so wondering if it might help to switch to something else. Also curious about your comments with OpenDNS -- I do not fully understand what this does so hesitant to follow the instructions to try it (http://www.geekstogo...ng-t225044.html).
It seems like there are other things running in my background -- I watch my processes and still can't find anything. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for your time.
Edited by fletch11, 27 April 2010 - 06:25 PM.