From what I have heard, it seems computers download so much stuff(from the Internet) over time
that it decreases it's effectiveness when surfing the Internet.
I've had this computer for about 5 years and it seems the time that it takes
to open a link on the Internet has greatly increased.
It has gotten so bad that,for example, that when opening a link from a news website,
I can get up from my chair, enter the kitchen to make another cup of coffee,
smoke half a cigarette, and when I return to the computer it's still "connecting"!
(Obviously, all the cigarettes and coffee is bad for my health.;-)
I don't know where the problem is coming from.
My Internet Explorer also takes a long time to connect to the Internet
when I first start the computer. Also as the day goes by, I keep getting
messages that Explorer has lost the connection.
As if that wasn't enough: Some months ago a virus infected the computer.
I can't remember how or who helped me clean it up again. But afterward
my Microsoft/Vista security application STOPPED working.
It has been dead in the water since that time, no matter what I have tried
to do to activate it again.
I rely now on Avast for Internet protection.
I gave the above information, about my security "problem", because I'm wondering
if the process that got rid of the virus could also have caused a slow down?
Ok, Through Avast I have been in contact with a company called "iyogi"(in India).
They offered to clean my computer of accumulated junk on the hard-drive.
Their charge is STEEP, about $130.
Another company I've seen advertised on TV(?) offers to do the same job
of cleaning the hard-drive for less.
What is my problem(aside from my own stupidity) and is there hope
I can have this computer once again running at "normal" downloading speeds?
Thank you all for any and all advice.