I have a Dell XPS-Z 866Mhz Pentium 3, with 384mb and a 20Gig hard drive that I use for the web, and I've been having speed issues with my system that are worse than usual. Everything which includes loading pages from the internet, closing windows(if they close at all), switching between tabs, starting up apps, closing apps, etc. has become really sluggish. My DSL is slow to begin with and is not even as fast as dial-up was when I was using it over a decade ago.(But that is obviously a Verizon issue). I try to stay away from anti-virus apps and the like because they have traditionally made my system worse than it was before their installation and use. But this time I took a chance and installed AVG, and even SUPERAntiSpyware. They didn't seem to do much, but that AVG "Resident Shield alert" window pops up constantly. (Usually when I attempt to open a file). Many of which I can no longer open or they open with difficulty. For instance when I attempt to open mspaint I get a pop-up box that says Missing Shortcut". All this while the AVG "Resident Shield alert"(Multiple threat detection) windows list a variety of files that are supposed to be infected.(Usually by something called "Win32/ Virut)." It seems like all of the files I have are infected. I can't open the calculator or the calender because they can't be found. I also can no longer open a text file from my desktop without the "Open with" box popping up. (Last month I had to do a reinstall after installing Avast because it made my system useless). It looks as though I'll have to reinstall XP again, but thought I'd ask for any ideas on how to keep these problems from occurring all over again. Thanks. Darren Harris Staten Island, New York.