All sounds sensible. Don't rely on defrag to make a dramatic improvement, it rarely has a truly noticeable effect. I would add Spywareblaster too, given that it doesn't need to be running all the time. Check how much memory it has - very cheap to upgrade and the single most cost effective way of improving PC performance. XP works very comfortably with 1GB, less so with 512mb or less. click here
The lappy hasnt been on the internet yet, so that must wipe out the, to much software, theory. It is xp. i know that much. I used her lappy three years ago and it took ten minutes to load any page, so i was thinking it's a driver problem. No machine is as slow as that, surely?
I will do a hijack scan and post results here, tomorrow
Don't post HJT logs here...not everyone is capable of reading them. XP with 128MB is very slow, but there's a difference between a system being slow to load a webpage which would indicate networking issue, and it being slow to load a browser in order to show the page in the first place which is more of a system issue.
So far nobody has mentioned the most likely cause of a slow internet connection - the modem. If it was connected on a dial up connection when you used it years ago it would have been slow (admittedly not 10 mins for a page).
Is is now going to be connected to a broadband connection and how fast a connection? If yes then you should notice quite a difference in its connection speed.