Thanks - but ---
I used AVG Free for awhile, then I went ahead and bought it - not from a clone website, but direct from AVG. The paid version does lots more - but still doesn't help. Caution - There are lots of places willing to sell you a free copy of AVG - scams!
I was using Spybot awhile back, the computer kept locking up. Once I deleted it, it stopped locking up. After a while later this problem started.
WebRoot did similar.
Deleted several programs that I wondered about - no help. (Not many left.)
Defragged twice this week, - no help.
Chkdsk again this morning, - no help.
Reformatted HD a few months ago - was having a "lock up" problem. Re installed XP - good for a few days. It must have been something on a data disk I reloaded.
IF - IF - I could see what is running I can probably delete or disable it. Then once I know what it is/was, maybe even delete it from a data disk.
I thought it was downloading to another computer, but unplugging the router/modem doesn't stop it, unless it's it's just preparing things to download next time the modems on.
Is there a program that can tell what is running? I have a couple, but they may as well be in Chinese - LOL and I don't speak Chinese!
I know a .44 Mag will help - a last resort?
Sometimes re-booting helps for a few minutes, sometimes not.