someone who knows more than i do (lots), read the whole post and says that your problem is likely Spyware and other clutter. she cleans out people's computers all the time, and it almost always involves spyware problems... and they're like new when done. many people have hundreds of spyware programs running (i think the record she said she found so far was 1600!), clogging up and slowing down their computers.
her suggestions: first, clear out all your caches, temp files, and history files in all the accounts that are on your machine (if there is anyone else on it), and then reduce the size of the caches - the default sizes are unnecessary.
second, go to download.com and get the latest versions of Ad-Aware and Spyware Blaster (if u don't have the latest of that). get off line and run Ad-Aware and clean out what it comes up with (it will automatically do a deep system scan when you install) then install Spyware Blaster. make sure you get all the data files available on both, and enable all the protection you can on both.
also, make sure you have an up-to-date virus scan and that the data files that run with it are up to date. if u use IM at all, or Windows Messenger, you should know that there are some newer viruses on those too. also, make sure Windows is updated with all available patches.
if the machine still runs like crap after that, it might be time to clean the registry... she uses Registry Mechanic, which is about 30 bucks maybe, but there're probably freebie ones out there too.
she did all this to my old laptop and it runs great, and i never have popups any more, and by never, i mean one or two in a few months. i surf every day, i shop online, and i buy and sell on eBay, just to give you an idea.
email any problems you have or further questions, and i'll pass them along: [email protected]
- and Good Luck!