About 10 days ago I did a massive update on my computer. All Windows updates, SP3 for XP, and NOD32 all pretty much at once. Since then, connecting to the Internet is slow (about 10-12 seconds slow) when first connecting. For example in IE, IE starts right away, but loading the 1st web site takes 10-12 seconds before it tries to connect. After that, other web sites are fast to load. If I close IE, then it starts over again being slow. Firefox used to start within 1 second. Now it takes 10-12 seconds to start. I have found that ANY program that needs a connection to the outside (FeedDemon, FileZilla, Outlook) all have the same pause before they can connect.
I have VMWare installed to test my development installs. If I fire up a virtual machine of Windows XP then the connections in it are fast so I know it is not hardware related to my computer or something external like the router. Some setting somewhere is making any initial connection to the Internet slow.
Computer: Windows XP with SP3. I have run Ad-Aware, and SuperAntiSpyware to check for stuff with no results. I have uninstalled NOD32 and it still happens.
Any help to getting this solved would be greatly appreciated!