I have an older laptop Dell Inspiron 1100 with XP home SP2 installed on 2.0 GHz Celeron and 256 MB RAM. I use it only for light web browsing and email when I am out of town.
It's been awhile since I've used it the last time and now when I tried it turned out to be unbelievably slow, much slower than before, although I haven't made any changes in the meantime. It takes about 4 min to boot up, and when I click on any window (browser or other) it takes about 15 - 20 seconds to react.
I understand that I have only 256MB RAM in, but it use to run fine at least for very basic use, which is what I need it for. I would consider upgrading RAM to 1MB (which is the max), but I am not sure if this alone would solve the problem.
My first thought was that I somehow got a virus or spyware installed on the system the last time it was running.
I updated the anti-virus (AVG), SpyBot, AsAware... and scanned complete system. There was no viruses found, and some spyware was removed.
The system is up to date as far as Windows updates.
Yet, is is running very slow.
What should I do?