Microsoft’s reasons why you may have a slowdown:
- You have spyware or malware running on the computer.
- You have viruses that are running on the computer.
- You do not have sufficient free space on the hard disk.
- You do not have sufficient random access memory (RAM) installed on the computer.
- You have corrupted or outdated drivers.
- You have too many files in the Recycle Bin or temporary folders
In other words, a general statement of the obvious to any reasonably technical computer user.
As I’ve said before, there is no excuse these days not to have XP SP 2 on your system. From a security standpoint, it’s absolutely essential. For example, we have never been able to infect an XP SP 2 system with the keyloggers we’ve found through an exploit. But do you know that one of the people we found infected with that Winldra keylogger back in August was a security professional? It was on his laptop and he hadn’t bothered to get SP 2. I think he was more of a Linux guy at work and his laptop was not his primary work system, maybe used for personal stuff. He had just never applied SP 2.