I have Win XP SP3, 2 Gig Ram and 2 Gig Hz Dual Core Intel Processor, 236 Gig HD (C Drive)with 59 Gig free, recently and often defragged. My Page file is set to run on a separate HD with 138 Gig to play with. I run Panda Cloud Anti Virus and no other. I have checked the system with Malwarebytes antimalware, no problems, Ad aware shows nothing bad and as far as I can see nothing bad on my HijackThis log file..I have very limited start up programs and add ons, I have 1598 Meg of free Ram whilst running and CPU usage shows 99% CPU free. Task Manager shows the highest CPU usage as that of the System Idle Process overall CPU usage shows to be 18% at the highest and 1% at the lowest...my problem is that it can take anything up to 1 minute to finish loading some programs such as Firefox, it also takes anything up to 30 seconds just to open the file manager window to see the contents of a hard drive..and my hard drive is constantly thrashing like it is defragging....all the time...and start up to fully complete takes 2.5 Minutes, with very few start up items, I shifted most of them with MSConfig.
I also use CCleaner frequently and it rarely has much to do..and the shut down process can take years to complete..is there anything obvious I have missed here please?
Thank you ..