1. Computer analyzed need to defragment and it said there was no need. Should I do it anyway?
2. Not sure about auto start programs. These are the icons in the taskbar by the clock: Pando is online; Wireless connection; SSID (dlink); Spiral Frog download manager but it has not been started; Dell critical alerts; Dell Printer Solutions Ctr. (has "x" thru it); AIM (signed off); Spybot SD resident; New updates notice; Dell Quikset.
3. Did Windows XP update and all it installed was a Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool.
4. Used Malwarebytes.
first of all
do you use "ccleaner"
you can d/l it herehttp://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds
select the "slim version"
in the "windows" part
you can clean about all, but would stay out of "advanced" area
on applications clean the ones it has
( you should not get in trouble with that program, worse case is you will loose cookies and have to re-log on to sites)
and if never used you can pull 80+ meg of junk off the system
then do the error check and defrag
1. yep i would defrag, windows won't say it needs it till really needs it bad !
i would also run a "error check first ( full and will require a re-boot after selecting it and take about 1/2 hour or more)
2.check and see what "pando is (google) or look in the program and see if you can turn off auto start !
same thing for spiral frog
On March 19, 2009, SpiralFrog terminated operations due to loan recalls
so so9unds like not needed
don't know the age of the computer but dell updates might not be needed anymore?
3. +++ good !
now do you have a A/v running and should show in taskbar? (if not there are several free good ones)
the free malwarebytes that is "run on demand?
do you use I.E. or firefox/chrome as the browser?
i am not a big fan of I.E. and think firefox is a bit safer ( especially with the addon's of adblock plus and noscripts)
the sweet spot for xp is about 1+ gig of memory and could be aa cheap upgrade
not a expert on windows anymore, went to ubuntu for speed of boot and all free ;-D (and legal)
ok bittorrents can download a lot of junk (virus/worms and such)
and you have two in the taskbar
so if you do the above and still troubles
do that then post in the HJT section of the forum and have them check it out