Hello All: I know these issues are nothing new - but I was hoping that one or more of you had some suggestions: I am running a 5 year old Dell Inspiron laptop - PIII - 833mhz and 526MB Ram. I have been running XP (Home) SP2. I actually did a clean install of the programs two weeks ago - wiping the drive clean. I am connected wireless to the internet through a secure wireless network in my home. I usually run Firefox - although I will use IE from time to time. I have noticed that when I run programs (and not open up my web browser), no issues -- everything runs fine. However, within five minutes of logging onto my web browser, everything slows to a crawl. There are no spyware programs and I have uninstalled McAfee (which was killing my system). When things get very slow, my cpu usage is up at 100% and the main culprit is normally the browser - running at or close to 100% of my cpu. The fans will start to blow and not stop. Could all this slowness be attributed at all to all of the Microsoft security updates that get downloaded to my computer? Should I try a clean install again (there is nothing that I need on this computer right now)? Thanks.