I open search in windows XP. I look for a file, click start. Then my computer begins to slow down to a crawl. I can basically do nothing else. Turning on task manager before running search shows explorer.exe consuming up to 400,000 k of "Mem Usage". Didn't use to do that. I have run every anti-virus and anti-spy and anti-trojan scan I can find, both my own and internet based scans such as Panda's. I am not a programmer, just a common user, so I hesitate to tweak registries and such without step-by-step assistance. I use the computer mostly for internet, email and word processing. Not a gamer at all (unless you count spider solitaire). Any assistance from computer gods and godlings would be greatly appreciated.