I am 20+ years user of Windows PC's. So I am well aware about defragmentation, malware protection, startup precautions and the likes.
Please help me with understanding what is happening to my (and my wife's for that matter) computer when it gradually looses its performance, so that:
Incessant "not responding" are getting ubiquitous.
Circular animated pointer(used to be hourglass) is annoyingly omnipresent
About a year ago it was (seemingly) much better, and reboot seemed to improve performance somewhat
Reboot is painfully slow.
Regular maintenance procedures are in action (including useless 'registry cleaners').
Please see the attached image for details
The questions to experts are:
Can you please share any thoughts about why this deceleration is happening?
Is Windows OS a huge malware designed to provide these kinds of effects with system's aging?
Any recommendation except "throw your computer away" (and wait a couple of years for your new one to come to the same situation) or "use PC Tools", "Norton something", ASC etc. ?
Did I mention I am not a rookie? At all? Good.