I am running:
AOpen AX4SPE-N Motherboard
Intel Pentium IV 2.4GHz Processor (not overclocked)
Dual 512 MB PC3200 DDR 400 MHz FSB
OS is Windows Me 4.90.300 with all critical updates current
Radeon 9200 128 MB
I have been fighting an issue with low resources, insufficient memory and processor overload for months now. When I boot, I start out somewhat OK, and available resources quickly erodes as I run things. For example, as I write this, system and user resources are shown at 16% each with GDI at 25%, and all I have open is two browser windows. To get this performance, I have to go into msconfig, and shut down all but the most essential start processes. Even so, I still eventually lock up if I don't reboot after a while. I have tried a variety of things.
This system should scream, but only whimpers. I have run a variety of spyware, adware, and trojan removal programs recommended in the 'read this before you post' posting in addition to several others. I have scanned for viruses with PC-Cillin, Norton Anti-Virus, and Panda. As a result, I have removed a lot of stuff from my computer, and seen some slight improvement, but not a fix.
One other thing that I've noticed is that 2 or 3 files keep getting created in my root directory. They don't have names, per se, but rather machine code symbols for names. They are like 'the files formerly known as Prince'. If I delete them, they come back named with different symbols. They show 0 kb in size, and when I try to read them with a text editor, they appear totally empty. There is also a file named W9XUNDO.DAT that is 1,074,832 KB in size that I can't copy anywhere without freezing up the system. Virus scans of this file show it to be clean, but the size seems very suspicious to me. There is also a file called W9XUNDO.INI that is 505 KB that appears to be associated with it. It shows that it was created on 12/22/2004, which roughly correlates with when I re-installed my Windows Me OS, so it might be OK, but I thought that I'd mention it.
I have another topic running on the HijackThis forum, but I don't feel that it is solving anything and am wondering if it can be a hardware problem. Anything out short of the cost of buying a new computer to there to test processor, RAM, ... etc?