For the last week or so when I first go to use the Smiles my computer locks up for about 5 or 10 minutes. Then it returns to normal and I can then use the Smiles.
Yikes! It's more than likely this. Support for XP was ended in 2014. Even with firewalls, virus scanners...the whole works, your OS is a wide open target saying to the wide digital world "HERE I AM, COME AND GET ME!"I tried rebooting and it made no difference Chris. Is it my internet connection? I don't know. I have doen speed checks and I get about 16Mb down and 2.5 Mb up. But my computer has been getting slower and slower establishing an internet connection. Wonder if it is XP operating system. I have run malware bytes, Rouge Killer, Comodo anti virus, and run defrag. Nothing seems to speed it up. Have turned Comodo, and Malware bytes and Sygate fire wall off and doesn't seem to make any difference.
I keep getting invitations from Wowway to sign up for faster internet connection.
That's great that you figured it out. Meanwhile, your computer is quite vulnerable these days with XP as the operating system.Apparently Firefox's last update for XP is the culprit so it is now in . Just trying Pale Moon and it works. So something in Firefox goes hunting when try to access the smiles.