I am experiencing the following symptoms in Outlook, some of which seem to affect Word and other programs:
1. Very long delay between a mouse click or a key stroke and the desired action. Thus, typing and opening or deleting e-mail is excruciatingly slow.
2. On restart or shut down the computer hangs at the last window indicating that it is shutting down network connections. This happens when
3. Because of (2) I have to do a hard manual shutdown. Following that, when I launch Outlook, it says it must go into safe mode and check for problems because Outlook was not shut down properly. This occurs even though I had "properly" shut down Outlook manually before trying to restart the computer. doe this symptom suggest a relationship between Outlook.exe and the failure to shut down the network connections?
I have defragged repeatedly with three different utilities. I have "optimized" the computer and "cleaned" the registry with various programs. I have scanned for malware with Webroot Spy Sweeper, SypBot and Adaware 2007. I have scanned for viruses with Symantic AntiVirus. I have removed all programs that I rarely use and several gigs of old files. None of these measures improved this situation.
What to do?