Windows XP locking up

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I have a windows xp pro system that was working fine last week but now when I try to access files or open some programs it is taking anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds to open.

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This really sounds like a spyware/malware issue. This <a href=”http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407″> site has a </a> very thorough procedure that will clean most spyware problems. (Scroll down a bit on the page and you’ll see the beginning) <b><i>DO NOT SKIP STEPS</i></b>. Be patient, and follow the directions.
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It could be, and probably is amalware issue, but this can also be a sign of a hard drive that is about to go out. When a drive is going bad, Windows will often have to perform a number of retries on read operations, resulting in longer than average load times.
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  • Buddyfarr
    I have removed the one program, (NOD32 Antivirus), that was added to it that week. I have also turned off everything that I could think of. It seems to have OS issues. I lost my dvd drive and had to delete a registry setting to get it back. Anything else I can check? There is nothing taking up memory and it looks like there is no disk activity when it is waiting.
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