Ok, this is my first post here. I am not a computer guy at all, I just use the internet and MS Word for my schoolwork. I have an emachines T4510 computer, and have had it for about 3 years. I moved into another home about 8 months ago. In my previous home, I used my 56K dial up modem for the internet. Finally, as of yesterday, in my new home, I now have Verizon DSL. So there was a period in which I had no internet for almost 8 months.
My question, is that now that I have the internet, my computer seems to be running rediculously slow. The internet is fast. But when I try to open another browser (like I used to with dial-up), everything becomes slow and sluggish. I asked a friend, and he told me to defrag the computer, which I had never done. (he couldnt believe this, I'd had the PC for 3 years and never defraged it) So I did. Twice, actually. I also used the disk cleanup program twice as well. Nothing seems to be working. My hard drive has 100gb on it, and I have only used 45-50gb.
When I start to actually use my computer, it will run slow, and an error message pops up. This message says that I dont have enough virtual memory, and that it will create more. Less than a minute later, another error message pops up. This one says: Spysweeper: Out Of Memory. When this message shows up, I am unable to do anything else. I cant even turn off the computer, I have to unplug it. So can anyone help me? Do I need more memory? RAM? I have 512mbDDR that came stock. Im so confused! I got all excited to use the computer now that I have the internet again, and this happens!