Very slow start-up and shut down using Vista basic

I am trying to solve a very slow shut down and start up issue. I have Vista basic  , 500 Mb of RAM and only a few days ago it was much faster.
I have run CCleaner Checkdisk Malwarebytes and have also done a virus and spyware scan with no infections found. I did notice , however that the hard drive seemed to be working overtime . I uninstalled Norton  360 a/v which I have on the system and things speeded up a lot. I had to reinstall it as I have already paid for a year and its only recently that things slowed down with Norton installed. I would be grateful for any assistance.
BrakersAsked:
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tenaj-207Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Brakers,

The best way of speeding up your computer is to install additional RAM.  You will see a tremendous improvement in speed.  Even though MS says that 512 is the minimum, it's not.  Below is a link to a white paper outlining the details of why it's not.
http://www.isuppli.com/whitepapers/pdf/CMCA.pdf

However, on occasion hardware does fail and the most likely failure that would cause this type of slow down would be the hard drive, IMO.  When you boot up Vista you can hit F8 before the flash screen and choose to run Windows built-in error checking to make sure your hardware is clean.

Get RAM and good luck to you.
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thanks
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