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Delayed response after clicking icons on desktop or programs

Windows XP Professional version 2002 Service Pack 2
Dell Latitude 610
Intel Pentium M 1.86Ghz,504 MB RAM

After clicking any desktop icons, I get a delayed response of about 60-85 secs. When I close windows it also takes a while to do or it it will start from the top of the window and it will disappear horizontally...(hope that makes sense)
I ran Windows Defender and it didn't pick up anything and then I removed it b/c it wouldn't update the virus definitions
I ran Mcaffee and it didn't pick up anything
I downloaded AVG 7.5 and it removed a few cookies but nothing inparticular.
I do notice I get get a website that pops up from time to time. I have ran the clean up, defragmenting also but none has done anything. My C: drive has 28.7 GB free space out of 37.1GB Don't know what else to do.

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Tried Adding RAM or Shutting Down Unneeded Startups??

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You're 512 MB of RAM will run the machine but if you've got lots of programs running in the background, it will cause the computer to hesitate. Heck, McAfee retail and all it's subprograms can cause a delay in opening/closing such programs.. You might try disabling it to see if the issue fixes itself.

Some steps below might help:

Cleanup Steps

Hope this helps.


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It's the RAM!!

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My girlfriend is having the same problem (her computer is going on 5 yrs. old.) You are a little better off (she only has 256 of RAM!!)

We checked what was running at start-up and turned off everything that wasn't needed. We also reset her desktop to a plain color (no picture/graphic) and made sure there were no files on the desktop. Then we turned off SpySweeper -- not to start automatically at boot up (she is going to turn in on manually when needed.)

She also has a newer (1-2 yr. old) laptop so she isn't sure she wants to put any money into the old desktop unit right now. (Adding RAM would probably cost her $80-100.)

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Delayed response after clicking icons on desktop or program

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Ram is NOT the only thing to cause this, 512 RAM is fine to run if you keep your PC optimal, 1 GIG is better for XP.
first you should use a RAM defrager program, this will free up RAM that may have not been released when closing a program. ( there are alot of free RAM defragers around the net)
next is to disable start up programs, go to RUN and type MSCONFIG
go to 'service' tab and 'start' up tab, disable anything you do not want to start up with windows, if you do not know what it is that you are disabling then leave it alone.
next is go down to the task bar in windows,
right click the mouse, CLICK on TASK MANAGER,
click on the PROCESSES'S tab, you will see a list of running procssess, generally you should be below 40, anything higher is too much, and means you are running more processes's than you really need to.
right click a processes's and click end to kill the process.
if you do not KNOW what the process is, google the process name to find a description of it.
killing a useless process can have a MAJOR impact on your PC's speed,
this method can close a crashed program on your desktop as well, just kill the process of the program in task manager and the program will close.
also the task manager will tell you how much CPU the given procees is using, 100% is BAD, if you see this kill the process if it is a usless one, and it will free your PC freeze up.
point of note 256 RAM is not recomended for XP, if you use this much RAM, then you should no open more than 2 windows at a time to maximise your RAM.
XP is a RAM hog and uses 128 just to operate.

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I Suspect Spyware

Does your hard drive activity light flash erratically, or stay solid? It could be lack of ram, but it could be SPYWARE/Adware!! I have a P4 desktop with 768MB ram, and its really fast. I had a spyware problem not to long ago on it and it was EXTREMELY SLOW!!! It was stuttering in DVD playback and awful sluggishness was evident. I'm suspecting spyware as you said pops up by itself from time to time. Adware is known to do that. Windows Defender is rubbish at what it does. If Microsoft can't create their OS to be Adware resistant, they don't have a hope in protecting it themselves!! Use Ad-Aware or Spybot-search and destroy. They are both free and brilliant at removing those nasties. I ended up reinstalling XP in the end as something happened to my registry that caused it not to see optical drives, regardless if they were IDE or USB/Internal or External.
Hope this all helps,

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RAM - Task Manager info

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Going along with your third message about the Task Manager - Performance Tab.

Your Total Commit Charge should be less than the Total Physical Memory. If is is larger than you definately need to stop a few un-necessary programs at start up.

Making sure you have no Spyware/Adware on your computer is also a good suggestion!

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I have the Best Advice!

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Dear Nany! (im young enough to b ur Grand 14 yrs old and dont mind my English coz im an Indian !)

Your Configuration is quite ok! but i would reccomend u to upgrade ur RAM from 512mb to atleast 1GB.And here are a few reasons y ur Computer is so slow.

1.First Remove any Wallpapers and Screen Savers bcoz they useup a considerable ammount of ur RAM which makes ur PC a Slug!

2.Please go to or search for the software ccleaner at CNET.This software helps u remove ur old Registery and Log Files
and even ur Temporary Internet Files and Cookies.This would defenitely make ur PC faster and this software acts as an Eraser and helps u remove any program u want from ur PC.

3.I strongly suggest that u uninstall all ur AntiVirus stuff and i reccomend u to keep only AVG AntiVirus.Also please Remove any unwanted toolbars such as the yahoo toolbars unless u really need them.(u can remove them via CCleaner software which is Free.)

4.If u r running multiple programs such as running a virus scan and u r also trying to work on some software it would defenitely be Slow.(running many things on ur Browser is an exeption.)

5.Get ur self a pop up blocker(ucan get it from itself)
or get a browser such as MozzilaFire Fox which has a in-built pop up Blocker

That's all i have for u nany!If it helps please mail me at

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more advise

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i hope you realize that my post was in GENERAL for ANYONE with this problem, not just the original poster.
my 256 RAM comment is in refrence to EBAY JUNKIES comment about his girlfriends PC, or anyone who is using this amount of RAM.

you raise yet another good point,
but to add to your comment, with hard drives you need to Defrag them often.
if you move or delete files regularly you need to defrag at least once a month to stay optimal.
UNIBLUE's powersuite is a good place to start, it is also certified by Microsoft.
it has a RAM optimizer, and a registry optimizer. PC speed up tools, plus spyware protection and much more.
a good hard drive defrager varies so it more of trial and error to find one you like.
i use an old Norton 2002 version as it is not a resource hog like the newer versions,
Shashank is correct on AVG antivirus as it uses little resources.

beware of FREE programs around the net, most of these programs carry spyware of diffrent types.

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Just an idea

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Have you some anti- virus or spyware or other tools that are causing this slowdown by competing with each other,and have you checked in task manager any program that is using too much resources. A while back I did a trial version of Kapersky anti- virus suite, it brought my 512 ram XP system to a holt and had uninstalled to get back on song..

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I had similar issues with a harddrive recently. My system would take forever to start Windows (sometimes, it would just hang and get stuck), to start programs, or to respond to most user actions. When all of my problem-solving attempts failed (virus scans, program cleanup, etc.), the harddrive completely died. And once that harddrive was dead and out of the way, my system was running like there was never anything wrong with it.

Now I feel dumb for not backing up my stuff when I first started noticing problems. Maybe your issues are due to a virus or spyware that can be cleaned up, but ...


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