Besides, clearing your internet cache, removing viruses & spyware and defraging, what other steps would help a computer speed up?
Maybe too many unnecessary programs? I have gone through all my programs and i use them all in one way or another. The two programs i have that can use a lot of resources are limewire (if left running for hours) and firefox can have the same effect when playing an online movie, free video converter (this 1 program running alone takes my CPU up to 100% easily
) - this was the only free, successful and user friendly converter that i could find.
I have checked my virtual memory and it hasnt been changed by any foreign means.
My specs are Intel Centrino, Win XP Pro SP3, 1 GB RAM, 30GB harddrive.
Any suggestions? Maybe running scans in safe mode could help?