I have a P4 1.2 GHz with 384 megs of memory running Windows XP Pro, SP2. The PC is connected to Netgear router and cable modem. The PC's performance has been fine until a couple of days ago. Recently all of the processes (switching windows, printing, opening files, etc.) have been very slow.
I thought it might be some type of malware and ran mcafee virus scanner, spybot, stinger, and spyware blaster. However, none of these programs reported a problem.
After reviewing the task manager, it indicated that tcpsvcs.exe was at close to 100% utilization. When I manually kill this process it corrects the problem with no apparent ill effects.
My research indicates conflicting opinions as to the necessity of this service. My question is what do I need to correct the problem? Do I need the tcpsvcs.exe service? Is there a way to prevent it from loading at startup?
Thanks in advance for any help.