I have recently set up a new ASUS EeePC notebook (XP Home OS) with updated versions of my every-day PC programs. It has been up and running on and off line for a week with no problems. In the natural course of the set up some very standard tweaks, user preference refinements and program updates have been made. All of a sudden, three of the most used programs have developed overly long time periods to get themselves together and open up. Windows Explorer, Outlook Express and Firefox have painfully begun to take up to a minute or more to get themselves started when I click their short cuts or their .exes. Other image and text programs, system folders and Opera all behave as normal. Even fully clean rebooting with all start ups (including avast and Commodo) disabled have no effect on the slow opening of those three programs. Could there be a disabled service common to these three? What to try now?? Thanks for looking. Thanks for any help, TerryS.