alright, guys, i'm baaaack!!\n\nthis time it's MY computer giving me a headache. i went out of town this last wednesday and was gone til friday night. my computer was completely off the entire time i was gone. friday night when i got home, i turned on my computer and it was sooo slow. i couldn't get it to do anything. the next day my mom was checking email on it and it was taking forever for it to do anything. she would click a link, it would do nothing, she would move on, and like 15 emails (and half an hour) later the browser would pop up. it was crazy.\n\ni tried running norton antivirus liveupdate, but it said liveupdate was already running in the background, so i figured this was the problem. i know norton and similar programs can slow down pc's a LOT (norton confidential was WAY screwing up my dad's computer last month). i figured that since i was gone for a few days, it hadn't had the chance to update in a while, and it was updating like crazy or something. i gave it overnight to get anything it still needed.\n\nsunday - STILL at a snail's pace. i ran msconfig and turned off *every single 'startup' program*. the only thing in my tray now is that little "add/remove hardware" icon. but it's STILL slow!!! it's a little better, but only maybe 10% faster than this weekend. it took me like 20 minutes to print an 8 page document for my dad. it would print like 5 lines and stop for 30 seconds, print 5 lines, and stop for 30 seconds. i was pulling my hair out! programs are running a little faster, though.\n\ni have run norton and spybot and updated everything and they don't find anything bad. i've done ctrl-alt-del like 25 times and the cpu is always at 100% (and still currently is). the programs using the most "juice" are as follows:\n\nexplorer 22,371k\nsvchost 23,832k\nspoolsv 12,856k\n\nwhat in the heck do i do!? what happened? it's an athlon 64 2800 w/ 512 mb ram. *nothing* has changed since last week - i have no idea what's slowing it down! please help!