My computer (Windows ME) is lately very sluggish to start-up and recognize anything. It either gets stuck at start-up and doesn't move beyond the initial Gateway screen (and so I have to physically shut down and restart), or it starts up and I get any number of "restore my active desktop" screens until I start and restart and restart again a couple of times, at which point it operates fine. It only ever behaves like this on start-up...once I start and stop and start and stop and start again a couple of times, it's fine.
I am wondering if it has anything to do with the Norton Antivirus 2005 software that I've got running in the background (I find sometimes - - but not always - - that I have to completely shut this down to get Outlook Express to work). I am also always running Spysweeper in the background.
This leads me to another question. When I do a "run...msconfig" search to see what is checked and initiated at start-up, I see any number of Norton-related items. And also some other things that are checked that may or may not be necessary to run at start-up. Can you help me determine what is absolutely necessary to be checked as a start-up item (specifically for Norton, but also in general)? I would like to keep Spysweeper and Norton running all the time but am not sure which of those start-up items pertain.
Thanks in advance for your help.