Try the usual Spybot, Adaware treatments.
I've had an issue that I hope someone can help me with:
often (not always), when attempting to start a program, anything, the cursor shows the hourglass for a few seconds, then nothing. I try to look at the task manager to see if indeed the program is running, but that fails to display. I try to restart and THAT fails. It just sits there. So I pull the plug.
Just today, while resolving a conflagration with Comcast High-speed (they shut me off, @!#%) the problem occured, but this time it seemed to coincide with them re-connecting me. Perhaps there is a conflict here? I asked them to look into it, but...yeah, sure. Don't get me started on service in this country...
I am running dual Pentium 4 @ 3.01 GHz, 1GB RAM. The cable modem is a Motorola SB 5100 "Surfboard".