Based on your symptoms, it appears like you're using a HOSTS file.. If so, please try disabling a the service mentioned here.. Click on Start-Run, type: services.msc, then click on OK.. When the "Services" window loads, scroll to and double click on the "DNS Client" listing. Once that opens, then click on the "Stop" button in the "Service Status" and change the "Startup Type" to "Manual", then click on Apply, then OK. Restart the computer.
Next, try the steps below to toggle the DMA options for your hard drive. Follow the instructions in the link below and make sure to toggle DMA off, then back on again, even if already checked:
Once that's done, please follow ALL of the steps in the link below to cleanup your computer:
Hope this helps.
My computer is about 5 years old, runs XP and has current anti-virus software that is used regularly.
Less than a year ago, my computer started having a problem after restarts. The desktop background would come up normally (though possibly a bit slower than normal), but the icons would take between 1-2 hours to appear. Using the msconfig command, I shut off Services a few at a time in alphabetical order and restarted until I was able to narrow it down to one: the DHCP Client. When I disabled that, the icons came up without such a long delay. (I did not continue shutting down Services after that.) However, disabling it prevented me from accessing the internet. Additionally, my computer's performance seems to be down quite a bit even from when I first used the msconfig to track down the issue. Updates that require restarts don't seem to be intact after restarting, either, as I seem to just continue to get the same update notices over and over. Does anyone know what could be causing this and, if possible, how to fix it?