More ram isn't going to necessarily speed up your computer. Ram basically allows you to multitask. The more ram you have the more things you can do at once. It helps with programs that are memory intensive. On older computers it's not always cost effective to upgrade ram because old ram remains expensive while newer DDR2 and DDR3 modules tend to be less expensive, however not compatible with your computer.
If you did want to add more its relatively simple to do. The side panel of a computer is usually held in place by two screws that can be access from the back of it. Make sure the computer is off and unplugged before messing with its innards. Once the side panel is removed look for something that looks similar to this:
The long yellow and green connectors are what I'm talking about. They will most likely be blue and black in your computer. There's tabs on either end of the connector that need to pushed outward and then the module comes right out.
Take that into your local computer shop and tell them you need more. One thing that you should try and determine is home much ram your computer supports. Often times older computers can't support more than 1-2 gigs. Anything over what's supported is just gonna go to waste, but not before costing you extra.
One thing i would suggest is moving away from Norton. In my experience Norton is a little bit of a memory (ram) hog. There's other free alternatives out there such as Avast
that do just was well. You can also download a program called ccleaner
. What this program does is clean unnecessary files that are taking up space. It also cleans your registry of invalid or no longer used entries which can slow a computer. Finally, it allows you to disable unnecessary programs from starting up when the computer starts which is often what ties up ram causing the computer to run slow.
I hope this was helpful and let me know if you have any questions.