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Fitter88

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Hello,

first of all I'd like to clarify that my problem concerns the file browser, not the "Internet Explorer".

When I click on the + symbol in the left panel of "Windows Explorer" to expand folders tree, "Windows Explorer" stays hanging for many seconds before showing the subfolders. Besides, when I click on a folder in the left panel it takes a long time to show in the right panel the files in it.

My OS: XP Pro, Ver 2002, SP3

I scanned the system with Symantec/AVG/SpyBot/AntiMalware and cleaned all the malware but the problem remains.
So, I suspect malware is not the cause of the problem.

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.
Have a nice day :D
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Welcome to Geeks2Go!

That is commonly a symptom of a heavily fragmented drive.
Run the Disk Defragmenter on the affected drive to see if that improves things:
Start >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Disk Defragmenter

When defragmenting the 'system' drive (usually the C: drive) and if it's heavily fragmented, it's best to go off & do something else
while the defrag process is running. Otherwise the process will take longer.
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Thank you for reply.

My 'system' drive (C:) is NOT fragmented. The tool prompts no need for defragmentation (fragmentation ~ 6%; disk half empty). Moreover, I did the error-checking (scandisk) > no problems found on the disk.
Something else should be investigated.

Bye
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