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Windows 98 hesitation

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Every time I click on a program I want to use, I have to wait for 15 to 20 seconds before it kicks in. It doesn’t matter if I double click or try to open them with a right click. Everything hesitates. I had my hard drive reformatted in January updating the McAfee virus scan at that time. I developed the Newgenlook trojan and had it cleaned out in April. I had my dial up modem replaced in June. I run my Mcafee scan, Ad-Aware, Spybot, Spyware Doctor, CW Shredder, Registry Mechanic, Dustbuster, & Defrag just about every day.
The other day I was downloading a program, which took about 2 hours. When I returned I notice that every thing was working at regular speed, no hesitation. I shut down for the night and when I booted in the morning it returned to the hesitation. It happened again so I figured I’d leave the PC on but Then I started getting error messages so I had to reboot. Now I’m stuck with the hesitation again.
Also I use EZ CD creator to convert from MP3 to Wav. I use the recorder. Lately I’ve been getting skips in some of my songs. Not all but a few, very aggravating.
This hesitation is driving me crazy. When I run my virus scan I find nothing. Also in the add/remove programs I found these: Windows 98 KB891711 Update Windows 98 Q823559 Update, Windows 98 Q841305 Update, Windows 98 Q888113 Update, & Windows 98 Q890175 Update. I don’t ever remember seeing these.
I am computer illeterate so I don’t know what’s happening. Can you help??
Thank you, Tom Pokladowski
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The Q and K stuff in your programs are just Windows Updates you've downloaded.

Your CPU may be running hot, have you checked it for dust in the cooler?
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