Originally Posted by jetsmell
My Computer is slow at start up, and when going to websites, some are always slower than others. I have a decent computer, with XP. My Browser is Mozilla Firefox. I'm using Norton 360, and Fix it utilities. My Fix it utilities shows that I have a healthy computer. Have done some of the basics, like defrag, full system scans. Could it be Noton or a virus, if so , what do I do ?
Because of the difference between websites, I'd suggest that your internet and/or graphics card. Spyware/malware is possible, and slow startup could be several things.
Ranging from unregistered files, invalid registry, lost shortcuts, etc.
Norton is quite the memory hog, 600k+ on my machine when I had it. So just make sure you have sufficient RAM. If your Norton signature's don't pick up virii, then there most likely isn't one as long as you have your updates. However, I've watched malware/spyware corrupt hard drives while Norton just sits there. Avast! is a lot better, imo. But then again I don't really get a lot of viruses, but I love Avast!'s sandbox mode. Great for removing malformed signatures.
p.s. You should start with clearing your hosts file, too. Bad programs normally alter it and monitor you.