For years, it was a pretty reliable computer, that could really just do the job. It was slow at times, but just "annoyingly" slow. By this, I mean that it would get the occaisonal lag or slowdown, but it would quickly return to normal speed.
Starting about a year ago, we began to experience some memory problems, but NOT speed problems. Our hard drive space hovered from anywhere between 10MB and 100MB. I decided to take action and deleted over 8GB of old, useless files that hadn't been used in many years.
It started out running the same speed as before, but with plenty more hard drive space. We experienced more problems, like system crashes and blue screens of death, and ended up bringing the computer to a shop. They did an excellent job, and prolonged the systems life.
Currently, after deteriorating for several months, the computer has problems running simple tasks. From startup to reaching our home page, it takes 15 minutes. Depending on the webpage, it takes a minute to load the background, a minute to load the text, and another minute to load the graphics. About 40% of the time, the page doesn't even load correctly, and I'm left with a graphics-less page of text that is mis-formatted. Many times, the computer disconnects from the Internet, and other times, randomly, an "Internet Explorer can not display the page." screen comes up. On Refresh, the page is displayed after the 3-5 minute wait.
The computer is pretty heavily used between 3 FaceBook users, applications like ooVoo and Skype, browser games, 4 e-mail accounts, and more.
What baffles me however is how it could change from running beautifully to this horrible state. Here are the specs, that seem completely able to perform to much higher capabilities.
768MB of RAM
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Hard Drive - Capacity of 37.2GB, Used space of 28.1GB, and 9.09GB
I currently have Kaspersky Internet Security 2010, I use Defraggler often, and I use TreeSize frequently to cut down on large programs.
Anything you need me to do, I'll be happy to. Name applications to use, things to check, etc.
Thank you so much.