Remember when your computer was new? It took mere seconds to greet you with the Windows desktop. Today, the time it takes for your computer to start seemingly takes forever.
This is pretty common. One area of your computer that gets bloated over time is the Start menu. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to clean up.
Your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall should always be active. But unnecessary programs also start automatically. Less than five programs running in the background are okay. Too many programs running simultaneously will slow down any computer - no matter how fast the processor and regardless of the amount of memory.