>> This issue can have a number of different causes. I suggest you perform a
>> system restore to a time prior to the problem.
> Just done, but nothing changes! I really never saw anything like this, you
> have to wait up to 5-10 minute to open a window of IE!
> I think it could be an hardware problem.. what do you think? Everything
> seems to work fine, but everything takes a long long time.
> I'm desperate.. please help!
I'm sympathetic that you're desperate, but we don't have enough information
about your computer to give you focused help. Here are some general
Since you've already done a System Restore with no success, it's time to
1. Hardware issues
2. Virus/malware infection
3. Managing Startup matrix
1. Hardware issues - First check to see if your hard drive is running in PIO
Mode. MVP Hans-Georg Michna has the explanation here: http://winhlp.com/?q=node/10
You can also take a look at these general hardware troubleshooting steps: http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/...ardware_Tshoot
2. Virus/malware infection - make sure the computer is really clean: http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/...moving_Malware
3. If the computer is clean, manage Startup:
Start Orb>Start Search box>msconfig [enter]
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation,
type the password, or click Continue. Then see what is on the Startup tab.
You don't need to restart immediately, but the next time you do you'll get
a dialog saying you've used the Utility. Usually in Vista this will be
blocked by Windows Defender and you'll need to allow it so you can then
tick the box that says in effect, "don't bother me about this again".
Important - Do not use the System Configuration Utility to stop processes.
Instead, use Start>Run>services.msc [enter] and do not stop any services
unless you really, really know what you're doing.
The free Autoruns program is very useful for managing your Startup - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys...s/default.mspx
If you need more help, these links will show you what details to include in
your next post: http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Usenet http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
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Standard disclaimer: I can't see and test your computer myself, so these are
just suggestions based on many years of being a professional computer tech;
suggestions based on what you've written. You should not take my
suggestions as a definitive diagnosis. If you can't do the work yourself
(and there is no shame in admitting this isn't your cup of tea), take the
machine to a professional computer repair shop (not your local equivalent
of BigComputerStore/GeekSquad). If possible, have all your data backed up
before you take the machine into a shop.
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