Laptop files very slow to open

For some reason, when I started my laptop today and attempted to open files (photos originally), it seemed to take forever for the files to be located and opened.
I then was working in Adobe Acrobat and encountered the same trouble.
My guess is that it is taking at least 3 -4 times as long for these to open as it has up until today.
I have rebooted several times, but no change.
Even have disabled several "TSR" programs - no noticable change.
Ideas?  (Running 64 bit Windows XP - Adobe Acrobat X Pro - 4GB RAM with TrendMicro Titanium Maximum Security.)
TimLaLAsked:
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CSI-Windows_comCommented:
Check if your antivirus product has a "scan files upon open" option and temporarily disable it to see if that is the problem.  I regularly have to disable this when using Vipre.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Are these truly local files? Or, are they replicas (copies of) files hosted on another machine or server?
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Khandakar Ashfaqur RahmanExpert/ConsultantCommented:
Firstly, please check there is sufficient disk space.
Check your processes and memory utilization when you try to open pictures.
Disable your antivirus and check that antivirus is causing this or not.
Boot into Safe Mode and check that if there's same performance or not.
Use Cleaner software and try again.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
start resource monitor and check your disk activity
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cantorisCommented:
Install the free Acronis Drive Monitor:
http://www.acronis.co.uk/homecomputing/products/drive-monitor/

Then open it from the system tray.  Select "Disks" from the the small list on the left.  If your reported drive health is <100% then that could well be the cause of your problem.  Either way, anything <100% is to be treated as a dying drive in my book!

You may want to uninstall it afterwards as I've found that it can sometimes interfere with copying large files OFF USB memory sticks, generating peculiar errors.
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TimLaLAuthor Commented:
Well folks, it seems to have "revealed" itself -
motherboard failure.
By day's end, the hard drive won't even spin up.
I swapped to my backup/ cloned drive - no change.
swapped out memory - no change.
It's a laptop - so I swapped batteries - no change.
Called Toshiba (manufacturer), looks like the motherboard died.
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TimLaLAuthor Commented:
See my earlier response - dead motherboard.  Heading for possible repair or retirement.
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