Windows 98 operating system--All of a sudden, I have lost the immediate active response in my IE and internet capabilities. When I click on a selection or button, nothing happens for about 3-5 seconds, then the action takes place. When I type, or fill in my username or password the same thing happens. There is a 5-7 second delay from the time I hit the keys until they actually respond. Needless to say, this causes problems as I hit the buttons or keys a second or third time, then get two or three actions instead of the one I want. When I try to scroll down a webpage, I move the cursor and nothing happens so I move it again and again, then all of a sudden it jumps in a sequence and is out of control. I use high speed Comcast cable and am used to instantaneous action. I work from my home via internet, so this impacts my job/performance too. I need to be able to use the internet or I am out of business. Have I triggered something that has slowed my IE performance? If so, how do I fix it? I checked the Microsoft website and they suggested clearing the Auto Complete and saved password files. I did this but it didn't change anything. They also said I could clear the registry but there was a warning that could damage my operating system. I cannot take a chance on that happening.
I have also used Ad-aware to clean up my files. But I have been doing that for quite awhile and this just started. Could I have deleted a quarantined file from that cache?
I am also plagued with the damn Stop Sign program. I have eliminated every trace of it I can find on my computer, but I keep getting messages that I haven't completed my scan--particularly after running Ad Aware. When I try to run the scan they suggest I get a notice that the file is damaged. I tried writing to their tech services for info on deleting, but they don't respond. Could this be causing a problem?
I am also unable to run my disk fragmenter any longer--it just says on zero percent. Could this also be related?