I am just posting here about my work computer, which runs Win98 SE. It's about a Celeron 500, 256 MB RAM. I've run AdAware and eliminated all the spyware from it, and the computer itself runs acceptably, no noticeable slowdown or anything.
My problem is simply with web browsing and downloading. Lately, I've noticed that loading pages 'seems' to be getting slower, hence why I scanned with AdAware. I decided to try to download the newest version, and I can't even seem to get more than 50 KB of the file downloaded. I've also noticed loading any pictures or larger pages take EXTREMELY long to download, like 3-5 minutes for a 800x600 image on DSL.
I've tried different sites to download from, different files, and I can't get anything to work. I can't download more than 1.5 MB of the 5.2 MB of files from the Windows Update site that I try, I can't download Spybot, an AdAware update, or any other scan programs.
I work in an office with 2 other computers, and both can download full copies of the latest AdAware, and both *seem* to browse and load pictures faster.
As I work in a networked office with a work computer, there is obviously only so much I can try, but with the situation being that I can load web files but not quickly, it seems to me it is more a computer problem than a network or firewall problem. There is no apparent Norton or McAfee firewall running on this computer either.
I'd appreciate any help, thanks!