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#1 kolb_technologies

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 06:27 PM

A client of mine running XP Home had her HD literally fill-up over night. She had aprx. Five gigs free, she’s now down to Seventy-Five Megs and insists she has adding nothing. She is running NAV-2004 and is up to date with all definition. Any ideas…Thanks
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 06:30 PM

Does she have any idea of where/what these new additions to the HD are?
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 06:35 PM

She has no idea + nothing new in add-remove programs?
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 06:44 PM

I wonder what she would discover if she searched files and folders by date?
Unless she is mistaken, about the only cause I can think of is some kind of malware, but her AV should have caught it during her scan. To be on the safe side, she should use one of the on-line scans to double check....
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 11:05 PM

She can do a search for all files, using a modified time as a filter.

Click START ->search -> click all files and folders -> click 'When was it modified?' and Specify dates -> change the drop down menu to created date and put the 'from' and 'to' dates as the same-> finally, click search. This will bring up all files that have been created on a specific date, along with the locations of the files.

You may need to expand the column "In Folder" to see all of the file location. You can even print the list up, for future reference.

It is entirely possible that some of these files are rogue applications. Feel free to post them here and someone can take a look at them for you.
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Posted 06 February 2005 - 11:53 PM

I once fixed an XP machine that had a relatively small hard drive (14 gig) and each partition was about half of that. Imagine my surprise when the problem turned out to be 2-1/2 gigs of cookies! Malware was constantly connecting to sites and they were dumping cookies in on a cable ISP.

Here's a link to a helpful little gadget that I used to determine the problem:

Spacemonger

It's a simple little program that shows file size graphically, and it's free.

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Posted 07 February 2005 - 07:54 AM

Thanks, i'll give it a try
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