Sounds like pests, see
Follow the Bouncing Malware ? Part II
I bought a HP laptop in Jan 2004 (Pentium 1.7, 768 meg ram, 60 gig hard drive, with Windows XP pro). My computer seems to be getting slower and slower with the start up (sometimes a minute), but at times it will load up very fast. I check my msconfig to make sure that I have the minimum amount of start up programs. Can anyone give me some other ideas on how to speed up my computer's start up.