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Computer takes an excessively long time to shut down [SOLVED]
Background: My computer recently had a run-in with a virus that left it unable to boot properly. Being as that is a bit above my pay grade when it comes to fixing computers, I brought it in to get fixed up at the place where I had it put together. They said the Master Boot Record got borked (but, you know, in more intelligent terms than that) but they fixed it up and everything was good to go.
Problem: So my computer starts up fine, and I notice no issues when actually running it. However, when I go to shut it down from the start menu it takes anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes for the Restart/Stand By/Shut Down window to pop up. In the mean time the computer basically acts like explorer has frozen. After the window shows up, though, it seems to shut down as normal but still slower than it did before the problem.
If I hit the power button instead of going through the start menu then it starts shutting down as normal (everything closes, desktop goes away, it goes to the 'saving your settings/windows is shutting down' screen). However it seems to sit on that shut down screen for like... 5 minutes. Basically it's not any faster than if I try shutting down the first way.
So... Any ideas what the problem is and how I can fix it?
Specs: Windows XP sp3, 2.31 GHz AMD Phenom X3, 4 GB RAM (well, 3 that XP can recognize anyway).