I am having trouble with my computer running extremely slow. I have a 1.7 Ghz pentium 4 with 384 megs Ram running Windows Xp home edition. In fact it is running slower than my old 450 Mhz pentium 2 I tried cleaning all the junk and unused programs off I run diskeeper 8.0 professional on a regular basis and I have Norton System works professional keeping the viruses away with norton anti virus. I also have Zone alarm Pro running to keep things secure. I update and defrag and scan for viruses at least once a week. I have 33% of a 60 Gig hard drive left. I don't understand what seems to be going on I even checked to see what programs are running in the back ground and I have approximately 35 processes running is this excessive if so how do I limit these. I know about msconfig but what programs are needed and which are not. Any help will be greatly appreciated.