First, make sure you have no spyware which is slowing things down. Please download, install, update, then run ALL of the free spyware removal programs from the links below:
In december I bought a new EMachine computer:
WIN XP Operating System.
The only two things I have added to the computer since I bought it is a LinkSys Wireless network card (which works fine most of the time) and COX Security Suite.
About a month ago it started taking up to 20 min to boot up, works fine once it boots up. I decided to leave it on all the time, but sometimes it needs to be restarted to get the network card to work, which of course takes 10 - 20 min.
I have verified that there is nothing in the BIOS (such as a antivirus check) that is slowing things down, and there doesn't appear to be any extra software programs being loaded on boot up nor any other checks being done. I also defragged twice, to no avail.
It seems to boot up OK in safe mode, which makes me wonder if the hard drive is already going bad on me.