G'day, G'day. Need some advice on my Dell laptop. I'm running XP SP3. Long story short, about a week ago I was running an Auslogics disk defrag when half way through it the system slowed down to a snails pace. It completed but it took about 2 hours to complete what usually takes 5 minutes. The only other noticable problems are the first time I open Firefox it's slow (takes about 30 seconds to open) and if I open the Control Panel for the first time it takes about a minute to open. Once they're open, if I close them and try to reopen them, they're fine. They open up as per normal in a second or two. If I restart the computer, the same thing happens, slow at first start up, then fine. I've run the Auslogics disc defrag again and it's still the same. Fine until half way through then snails pace. I've run Advanced Windows Care to try and sort it out but have had no success. Any suggestions would be appreciated. The only other thing I know of is to start over, clean slate and re-install everything.