I have a Dell Inspiron with W2K installed. It has been superb for about 3 years. Snappy and reliable. I have 384Meg memory (900 virtual) and about 10 Gig free disk space. Suddenly a couple days ago this computer started running painfully slow. The CPU usage is nearly 100%, even after rebooting (which I have done more than a dozen times). I have always run up-to-date virus checking tools, and have done a complete scan of the drive (it found nothing). I've run AdAware and turned up nothing. I can't see any obvious culprits in the list of processes. As it is now, I can barely launch explorer and notepad. I've uninstalled anything that is non-essential.
Until a couple days ago, I would run several applications at once and zip around easily. This is a nightmare! Am almost out of commission. Am trying to shift some of my work to another computer, but as you know, that is not so easy. Any tips, suggestions, ideas, or even calming words would be appreciated! Thanks!