I found some strange things today under the startup tab (when you type in "msconfig"). Here they are
OsdMaestro---manufactured by OsdMaestro
A bunch of things related to something called NVIDIA
MaAgent---manufactured by...chinese symbols??
Pheonix Steam emulators configurater (shows up three times on the list)
Any help on these programs and why my computers so slow would be a big help. It honestly wouldn't surprise me if there was something wrong with the registry but I hope not.