My computer has been freezing lately, probably some connection on the motherboard. I think I fixed that part of it, but...
During one session, it froze a number of times very quickly. During reboots, during ad-aware and virus checking sessions, etc.
It seems that now anything in the explorer *process* is verrrrrryyyyyy slow. Sys tray refreshes are slow, taskbar refreshes are slow, opening the start panel, opening windows explorer.exe (it loads quickly, but navigation is painful).
All ad-aware, spy-bot, virus scans are negative and I've used CCleaner.
Applications seem to be running well, but if I use an open/save dialog box and try navigating somewhere, it slows down. Very slow. Go make a sandwich and a cup of coffee slow.
I tried to set a restore point to a date prior to this all happening, but it didn't help. Same problems.
I REALLY don't want to have to re-install the OS, but what other options are there? Is there a way to "re-tune" the explorer process?
Is there anything I can check in the registry, are there any proggies which can do this? Does the system recovery option in the disk handle this?
**update** I just updated FastOne viewer and winamp and the installations were flawless. However, when winamp fired up, I can't do anything with it. Clicking the playlist button did nothing, media library same thing. Can't even move it around the desk top. Have no idea if this has anything to do with my problem or if winamps messed up.
Hope this isn't too much information
I dl'd something using Firefox and when it was done I clicked "open folder". Explorer came right up (I performed those updates mentioned above) and while I had explorer going, I clicked the 'up' button and explorer moved up one folder level. I did this all the way up that one drive. When I clicked 'up' again it went to 'My Computer' and did it's crawling through molasses thing again.
Also, if I right click on something and my mouse hovers over the 'send to' item, I have to wait a couple of minutes before anything happens.
Do any of you gurus have any suggestions? I really need to fix this asap.
I thank you so much in advance