Why does my computer suddenly seem very slow, especially
on the Internet, and occasionally lose time?

Likely you have a "pest." As we predicted earlier this year, pests (including spyware and adware) have become a serious problem. Often they interfere with Internet searches and browsing, reading the downloaded data in order to display their own ads. ITS has links to several anti-pest utilities on ITS StartCenter (teamITS.com/start) as a good starting point. However pest software is often very difficult to find and remove; fortunately ITS can help with pest removal and prevention.

October 2004

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