I am at a loss. I have a 2 months old desktop PC (CPU AMD Sempron 3100+, Asrock board) with XP Pro SP 2 installed. It has been running perfectly, but a couple of days ago my wife got ahold of it and ever since it has been EXTREMELY slow.
The only thing my wife did was to plug in a Siemens wireless access point to our adsl switch to which both our laptop and our desktop is connected. I don't know if this has any bearing on what has happened to my desktop, but everything has been unplugged and started up again, but the situation is still the same. Other than that nothing major has been changed on the desktop other than a couple of screensaver downloads from Planetsoft a little week before my desktop grew slow over night.
When I look at the joblist (ctrl+alt+delete), the CPU usage is 100%!
2 processes are taking up CPU time: hot_plug.exe (CPU 20) and services.exe (CPU 70-90). Services.exe is a system critial resource and cannot not be closed.
I have been running up-to-date Norton antivirus, ZoneAlarm firewall, Ad-aware and Spybot, but none of this programs finds any irregularities on the machine.
Any help to fix this problem, will be highly appreciated.
Kind regards Lastmo