Ok, I am guessing (but may be wrong) that Roadrunner is an ISP...they are who provides your internet? If not my other guess is that you classify yourself as a poweruser.
Either way, what speed is your CPU...how much RAM?
I know that WindowsXP will get "messed up" over time...where you do a Reformat which wipes your HDD and reloads XP all new.
My older system, which was the top of the line thing when I bought it in 2001/2002 (pretty sure thats correct...it was December of '01 if I remember year correct) but anyways it was the best of the best as a retail computer and now it's slow as heck...and you would say "Oh it's just because it isn't fast" but it feels noticably slower than when it was new. As it fills up it just slows down, running Norton System Works 2003 with most utilites enabled doesn't help mind you, but I would venture that you have just started to load some things that slow it down. Try using Firefox from www.mozilla.com
I noticed a huge performance jump in my web connection speed when going from Netscape 7 to Firefox...and Mozilla also makes Thunderbird which can replace Outlook...I know that IE 6 isn't the best web browser out there...try Firefox and see if that helps (it's a web browser like IE)
First off, please pardon the fact that I'm quite technologically challenged... I know I'm not giving enough information but I'll try.
I purchased a Sony Vaio home computer in Spring of 2003, which uses Windows XP. I am a Roadrunner customer, and I enjoyed great speed initially on that computer. Beginning in Winter of 2003/2004, I noticed significant slowdown loading webpages which I have absolutely no problem at all loading at work. Often times, the system stalls for 1-2 minutes the initial time I try loading a page and I receive an error page suggesting "Cannot locate or DNS Error" the initial time I try to go to a website. If I hit refresh, the page then loads, but again extremely slowly for Roadrunner. Over the past couple days, I've been unable to receive new email on my Outlook, I get a pop-up which says my system unexpectedly terminated its session, even after hitting refresh. I believe (based on no actual knowledge) that the problems I'm experiencing with Outlook may be related to the fact Aol Instant Messager loads everytime I open Outlook (which I haven't figured out how to stop... I typically just hit "cancel" when it tries to load). I've also noticed that the computer is stalling significantly as it opens pages, and places where pics/avatars are supposed to be showing display only a red "x."
I have Adaware and Spybot downloaded, and I run them weekly, and typically they bring up the same 15-20 problems which need to be fixed, which I fix/remove. I also have run Norton Antivirus a number of times recently although I've consistently had problems with its "virus definition" updates, which I seem to be doing every 14 days when it auto prompts, but it still shows my definitions are current only as of November 2003. I've not been able to delete internet files for a couple weeks now (i.e. I hit "delete files" under internet options and nothing seems to happen).
I do have an ESPS plan thru Best Buy but they say they are backed up 7-10 days and frankly I'm assuming they'll see the slowness isn't cured by Adaware/Spybot and recommend a complete system reboot (heard this from a friend). I have a strong hunch that my settings under "Internet Options" are part of the problem, but are there any resources for verifying that my current settings are right? I know my security is set to "low"... other than that it's all jibberish to me.
If this is not enough information please let me know what else I can provide. I'm starting to dread starting up the home PC...