...using the "Tools/Windows Update" link and run a "Custom" scan to verify that all the updates were correctly installed? (By the way, NEVER install drivers that are listed there..) If you haven't revisited the Windows Update site, I'd suggest doing so..The updates my be partially installed and causing the slow down.
In addition, since Internet Explorer may have been damaged, please download and run the IEFix utility from the link below:
Next, because it may be an actual Winsock damage issue, then please download and run the WinsockXPfix utility from the link below:
Hope this helps.
I had an issue around Friday the 13 of this month. IE started taking about 1 minute to load any page that I entered in the URL manually. If the page is in cache and history, it seems to run well. My ISP is Comcast cable (not many people in my area have it so I have great bandwidth) and the speed is at 3.6 to 4.3mbps even on my wireless. This is XP SP2, HP Pavillion, 256mb ram, and I use Adaware, Spybot S&D, Ewido (this is a great new malware program I just found), Black Ice firewall and NAV Corporate edition. There were no problems found until I ran Ewido. It found a few malware and they were removed. IE still ran slow, so I did a STUPID, STUPID thing; I updated using Microsoft security update. 38 items. After the prompt came to say reboot, the computer got stuck in a boot loop, to where I finally got Microsoft on the phone and they ran me through bootlog to repair the OS. Well, now that I am back to the desktop, IE STILL RUNS SLOW. Auto update is off. Anybody know what else I can do besides use this thing as a car stop?