Just lately when I open this folder it takes some minutes to load completely and when selecting a subfolder the cursor moves jerkily as if the memory is overloaded. I've made another folder on the hard disk and so reduced My Pictures to about 1.5GB but it's really not much better. I don't remember it being this bad a month or two ago. I'm running XP SP2, processor about 2GHz, 1GB RAM, loads of free hard disk space. AVG Pro, SpywareBlaster and AdAware show nothing nastie. Any suggestions welcome!
Thanks SANTOS7 but I think there's something untoward going on. It is organised in subfolders and it's only in the last month or two that I've noticed it struggling. It's really very slow now and when I close it to return to the desktop, it takes a few seconds for all the icons to get back to normal - that didn't used to happen.
I've just been watching Task Manager while My Pictures was loading, and CPU usage went up to 98-100% and stayed there while it struggled to open. Also noticed when opening a new, blank Word document that again it briefly showed 100% usage. On the Taskbar it says "requesting virus scan" which I don't remember seeing some months ago, but maybe it did. Might something have caused AVG Pro to become more intrusive?