as declared in my other thread, I'm posting my HLJ logs and combo fix log (and yes I know it says don't unless asked, but I'm attaching all three logs because I'm not sure how long a post I can make at once anyway, so it shouldn't make too much a dent).
The Issue at Hand:
as noted in my other thread(here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/184941/3gb-for-an-empty-directory/
), I'm experiencing some issues pertaining to the Temporary Internet Files directory, which previously had gone away after a malware purge(with MBAM and SAS). they reoccurred today, and both malware cleaners found nothing; however, the space was still occupied. as it was a repeat of previous behaviour which I have nothing to link to other than possible malware problems, I'm plugging my HJT/comboscan logs to this post in the hope that someone may see something amiss that I'm missing while looking at them.
the best I can tell from what I've seen in prodding at things, there is a content.IE5 area in my Temporary Internet Files directory which I can only see when on a different account; when in the account whose T.I.F. I'm checking, I cannot see those or their contents at all in spite of having settings adjusted to let me see hidden things, rather seeing a more normal arrangement of columns for cookies and cached files. while on the other user account on the machine (the two are my normal account and the permanent account Administrator), I can delete those items manually, recovering the space.
a perplexing portion of this for me is the fact that Internet Explorer 5 is not currently present
on this system. my default browser is the japanese-made Sleipnir, which uses IE's engine and can use a version of the Gecko engine as well, and IE6 is accessible as a "when all else fails" measure for accessing certain things online that Sleipnir has problems with, such as FTP directories. I don't have IE7 on here because I dislike what they've done with it's interface, and the nearest computer I have access to that uses it seems to have inferior performance to the previous version as far as software load time and the like.(translation: I'm horribly picky)
another perplexing matter is that such huge amounts of space being used is in direct opposition to my settings for how much space T.I.F. is allowed to occupy, that being, at the time, 150mb. I have increased it to 500mb, but that does not assure much.
this behaviour cropped up recently; untill the date of the first post in the above linked thread, I had no issues of this sort. now, I will admit to recently upgrading Sleipnir; I may have found a bug, if there's no malware at all present on my system, and then that's a matter for me to report to the makers of the browser, posthaste.
another thing that has me concerned is that there is a discrepency in the amount of free space reported on drive C between safe mode and normal operating mode. in safe mode, it is reported that there is 4.41gb free, and in normal mode, there is 4.16gb reported free. now, this may be an issue of virtual memory usage between modes, I am not quite savvy enough about that at this time to know for sure. also I recently adjusted the minimum space assigned as virtual memory, which may not be followed in safe mode, for all I know about the matter presently. (more research is needed; I think I'm going to be hitting up MS's knowledge base about it.)
sorry for the rambling post and the unrequested comboscan log; I'm kinda spazzing out over this. >_o