The details...Windows XP (all the SP's), Internet Explorer 6., Norton Internet Security & AV, WinPatrol, TrojanHunter, etc....Problem: Internet Explorer has become excruciatingly slow to load pages. Windows Firewall is off. I've run Ad-Aware & SPybot so much I can actually read most of the names of the files as they go by! What's confusing is that if I log on as a Guest, IE flies as fast as it ever did. This leads me to believe that it has something to do (or that I did) as the Administrator. Any ideas as to what to fix?
Well, in my opinion, and you may not agree, but I believe Norton to be the worst thing you can put on your computer, as it is such a resource hog, and causes conflicts with other programs, that it acts worse than some spyware. If it were my computer, I would uninstall it, and install either AVG, or Avast, which are both free.
Also, you may want to check your disk for errors, and do a defrag.
Below is a list of programs that I recommend.
I only list here, the programs that I have used and I’m satisfied with, I know there are other great programs, but these are just the ones that I use, and can verify, as being worthy.
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft AntiSpyware (XP only): http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
AVG Free: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download886.html
Online HijackThis Analyzers
HijackThis analyzer #1: (website) http://www.hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english
HijackThis analyzer #2: (website) http://www.help2go.com/modules.php?name=HJTDetective
HijackThis analyzer #3: (website) http://hjt.iamnotageek.com/
Online Virus Scan Website
Trend Micro: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
Icon Restore: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4125.html
Erunt (XP only): http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/