I have a problem that is causing me to tear out what little hair I have left. My Win7 system (fully patched) has a slow login, with delays ranging from 60 seconds to 180 seconds. The desktop stays blank or if the desktop shows quickly (icons & task bar), any window opened or application start is extremely slow. Windows Explorer will draw its window outline but wait 60 to 120 seconds to fill it in. Live Mail will just spin at the opening window for 60 to 180 seconds before proceeding. Firefox generally waits 120 to 180 seconds to start (doesn't even show on the screen).
I have been through all the services but no resolution.
The only item I have run across in my router log, is access to IP 188.8.131.52, which is www.startssl.com, which has a very very long tracert (19 hops and 3-5 seconds of time), but ends up without finding the target. Ping times out as well. However, once FireFox is up, opening www.startssl.com quickly comes up (the web site is in Israel).
I don't have anything in my configuration that would spawn access to this web site (that I know of).
Has anyone hit a similar issue with long login times (NOT boot times, just login)?
Is there anything like flush DNS or flush the ARP table that would help?
I have scoured the Microsoft support pages but most of those items have been tried or don't apply. Web pages outside of Microsoft don't have much help either.
Thanks in advance for anyone with feedback that may help.