My problem is similar to nmrabbit. Both my browsers are very slow to reply to a click/double click. Both of them many times take about an hour (if I wait that long) to display the page I requested. It is not the browsers, since both are doing the same. The computer is as fast as before, nothing special about it. I removed FireFox & re-installed it. I noticed that this happens more often with some web pages, i.e. Google. With CNET, Hotmail and many more pages, I hardly notice any deterioration in speed. Just after I click/double click the link, the 2 little displays on task bar (right side - Tx, RX) flash simultaneously for a while, then Tx flashes many times & no Rx, until both stop flashing for minutes at a time. I highlight the address bar & hit ENTER, the Tx flashes, no Rx. On task bar (left side) a message: ?Waiting for reply from...?, and sometimes ?DONE? is displayed, but no reply to my request is displayed. OE is fine, regarding speed. The only way to get the page I requested to display is to hit REFRESH, but on few occasions this didn?t work at the first click; I had to click 3 or 4 times to get my request to display. Definitely, GOOGLE GROUPS is the worse of the situations. I use AVG, ZA, SpyBot and already tested the system with all of them off; I also tested the PC with no other programs working. The results are the all the same. Both browsers load at normal speed and with GOOGLES GROUPS the first 4, 5 or 6 requests work 100%; then the browser starts to slow down to a crawl. HP hardware, XP + sp3.
Regards to all.