have some nasties on board. Run your anti-spyware, virus, malware and registry cleaner apps. Also, if someone else uses the system, are they practicing safe surfing?
and life goes on...
this has to be like the tenth time i've asked help from you guys and i've had awsome responses/results, so thank you. I have two users on my xp home and i have the computer set on automatic sleeper mode or whatever you call it (logs off then turns screen off), but lately when i get it out of that mode or even sometimes just trying to log on in general the comp takes its precious time. it doesnt sound like its working at all, but it takes five minutes for just the arrow to turn into a hand/finger over the user icon. so i usually have to hold the power down and restart manually. if its needed: i have a dell inspiron 8200 laptop with a new harddrive.