Have had computers, now have 7, since Nov 1998. Have had all the usual now & then glitches. But now the Gateway 7320G laptop from 3-5-2005 DOP is slow, like 2-3 minutes for folder to open, freezes, programs and windows not responding, cant shutdown or go into standby, cursor is hourglass, no window comes up and keep clicking then 10 or more windows come up not responding and have to close them all. Never had all these problems until after installing trial version of Malwarebytes 3.0. I don,t say this is the cause and I do not know but DO know I had none of these problems, as bad, or as consistently until after MB3 so I just after much work got it to uninstall. Now I will watch it. The hard drive is 70GB and is less than half full...maybe 33GB used and 36 free. Have not done any cleanup like defrag, compressing, defragging or other things in a long time ...only using it. Have the usual slowness or mild issues once in awhile as I have posted but not like this and they ususally are brief and I attribute to traffic on Verizon wireless or other unknown things.Could this PC just be wearing out? Have never had one wear out before but my brother had a hard drive just "die". Any suggestions on what to try if removing the software doesnt improve things. Some of the other isuues before have also occurred at same time with the Dell 5040 Window 7 on same desk, and if both do it I figure it is not the PC, but this is only the XP and not the rest. Thought I would post it to see if any explanation or advice.