Remember to not OVER OPTIMIZE. If you're above 50% on Windows 95.98.ME and things are working, stop. If not, look to Optimizing Windows at http://www.aumha.org/articles.htm
While you think you have the virus issue under control, some 7 out of 10 machines have PARASITES. You can see such with Adaware, Spybot, Stinger and Housecall.
On my PC i have also reformatted etc. my computer is running low resources. i am not sure what is dragging it down. i am aware to go to the task manager to shut off some things or to do the msconfig thing as well. i dont want to do this everytime i reboot. can anyone give me an idea what may be dragging it down? i also do NOT have any viruses etc. Thanks