While my old laptop is limping slowly toward it’s death

dropping h’s and o’s as it goes I had not expected a sudden slow down to a complete halt on Friday, but it happened. It would not even shut down so I could re-boot. After 45 minutes I shut it off manually and told dh “fix it.”
He worked on it defragging, compressing and such the best he could, but it was moving so slow nothing was getting done easily. He scanned for viruses, looked for Trojans all to no avail. Then he noticed a program that was using 57% of my cpu. Apple mobile media player. A program not for my computer, but for doing downloads to my ipod. An ipod I had not used in over a year. He turned off the program and everything sped up almost to new computer speed. So he re-booted the computer to finish the clean-up. The program re-started itself.
So he turned it off again, and went to the website. What he found was a string of complaints about this zombie program. It seems it “updates” automatically and starts up on its own as well. There had just been an automatic upgrade—even though I had manually told it to NOT upgrade and it was taking control of all media on my computer, as well as the computers all across the world.
Right now the program is still on my computer because I still have a $13 credit with itunes from a free gift card I received. The guys are going to use it up this week. In the meantime I have to manually turn off the program every time I boot up the computer.
So if your computer is running slowly go to your task manager and click the services tab. Look down your list for apple mobile media. If it says automatic and running click the services button on the bottom right of the screen then click the running on the screen that pops up and change it to stop. Your computer should speed up tremendously.