thank you very much for the detailed, comprehensive advice.
i have not explored or initiated any of the suggested changes yet, because i wanted to write first and personally thank someone so helpful.
let me give you a few particulars, which i was reprimanded for omitting on my first post here, and before i do something which may not be necessary.
i have my avg set to run at a particular time. i definitely notice significant slowing, which i accept as normal if during its run i happen to be on computer.
Being ignorant to most inner workings of my PC [except what i learned by fire, recently, when completely wiping the old xp because of a dll virus, which gave me the screen of death]]
i learned quite a few basics from the cleaning windows xp for dummies book.
Wiping the xp and reinstalling was the best thing that I've ever done and one of the most frustrating. But, that said, it's not that it runs faster, plus it still freezes every once in a while, but not in a force mode, which was its main problem before: it would freeze every hour or so, or rather force me to shut down, which thankfully has not occurred as of the wipe.
i use an intel (R) pentium (R): 4CPU 2.66 GHz: [level 2 cache: 512 KB] with 256 MB of Ram. version 2000 with SP2
and although, i'm sure that means something to most people, to me, it just means that it's got shit for memory.
i installed avg first, and thought everything would be hunky dory, but a month or so after the wipe and installation, i was hit by a new virus or hijack, which while not disabling, would not let me download or do anything else for that matter, besides connecting to the net--but only after popping up a window saying something about 'this is a binary file do you want to save?' which i'd cancel and could surf, but do nothing else.
so i stuck the disc back in and this time did just a repair, which initially didn't seem to work, until i deleted my user account and created another.
Problem solved! Although, i know, probably not technically orthodox, it seems to work so far.
i also, at this point installed spybot's search and destroy.
the only other thing i can tell you, is that, i am a video blogger, and use FLOCK as my browser, which uses mozilla, and which provides a wonderful tool--photo uploader and photobar, used for dropping videos into blogposts; but i'm sure i'm losing a lot of performance speed and virtual memory from flock's size, with all its bells and whistles, but i'd hate to give it up.
after going to the dummy book and reconfiguring things for memory, etc. i do get notifications pretty regularly, usually two tabs up and video related, that notify about low virtual memory and that windows is doing something to correct or expand, but it doesn't seem to affect enough to do any major overhaul.
*i just checked the spybot schedule and this one: "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDUpdate.exe" /autoupdate /autoclose
runs weekly at 9AM, but there was another one above it i'd not noticed before:
"[C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /AUTOCHECK]
which i copied and pasted here, after setting it to run unsuccesfully, which is listed as disabled.
I checked after trying to enable it to autorun at a certain time, but it wouldn't change its status. After clicking properties, it brought me to a folder that said 'start menu': so i'm wondering what it is, and if it is just a shortcut that i don't have to worry about.
your advice seems clear and painless, though, i would like to know the ramifications, security-wise to the option you gave for disabling teatime?
As i do venture widely on the net, and would not like to get stuck with another virus; i'm wondering if it might not be a better idea for me to just live with the slower performance.
thanks for your help and if i can ever assist you with anything "outsider folk-art" related or any jerry lee lewis memorabelia, let me know.
Originally Posted by skrekk