My startup time has suddenly increased dramatically. The LED light now travels across the screen over 20 times before it brings up the desktop - it is usually about 7. I have checked the Event Viewer and sorted a couple of errors, and now no errors are reported on startup. I have stopped all uneccesary applications running at startup. When I go to Restart or Shutdown I always get the message 'Closing Network Connections'. I run a stand-alone computer so don't really understand this. One thing that has changed is that Norton AV is enabled immediately the desktop comes up - before I used to have to wait for it to load. Could it be a fight for resources? If so, is there anything I can do about it? Any help or advice would be appreciated.