Ok, I’ve searched here, and I’ve searched the internet for a solution to this, and I’m stumped, short of re-loading the machine from scratch. Here’s the issue:
Windows XP, with all of the updates/service packs/etc installed from Microsoft.
System boots fine, but after a few minutes slows to the speed of death. If I open Task Manager, I find 10 copies of IEXPLORE.EXE running, each one consuming 10% of the CPU for a total of 100%. If I carefully end NINE of the processes, the computer goes back to normal, with only one offending copy of IEXPLORE.EXE running. Note that Internet Explorer is NOT running (at least not active in the Taskbar, and not as a “alt-tabbable” program).
My searches on the internet have revealed that perhaps there is a corrupted index.dat file and the solution is to delete it and reboot, or copy a good index.dat from another location. I’ve done this, and it doesn’t fix it. Also, I’ve run Adaware and SpyBot with the latest updates and they don’t find anything unusual (same is true of Norton’s latest antivirus and McAfee online free scan).
Does anyone have ANY suggestions? Oh, and this is a client’s computer on a network, so replacing IE with Opera or somesuch is NOT an option.
Any help is appreciated, folks, 'cuz this one is driving me insane…