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#1 gcsings

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:11 PM

Not sure, but when I do a search for a file (data, picture, music) multiple copies of the file are found. I tried using the backup program in Windows/accessories/ system tools. Could that have caused it if so is there a program that will delete dups? The Vaio laptop is moving very slow. When I right click on any file, it takes forever to display the options. Deleting the many dups would take forever.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 08:24 PM

hey gcsings

This may have been caused by the back up program that you used.
In regards to the back-up software when you backed up the information did you save it to the same drive, or an external drive?

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 09:50 PM

Thanks for replying. My intention was to copy files in My Documents to a disc but the backup was too big for one disc so I abandoned that and tried to use the "backup" program in windows. I'm not sure what it did but obviously their on the C drive.

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 10:46 PM

hey gcsings
I suggest you first look at defragmentation so that you can clean up your drive a little, then attempt to delete the files.
If you want an easy way to compare files that are the same without installing anything take a look at this:
winmerge, and see if that helps

if you need anything else please do not hesitate to post

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:08 PM

Duplicate files found during search. Right clicking on files and waiting forever. Sometimes never responding to right click. Feel like I should run Hijack this and post log file. Is that a good idea? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 05:14 PM

Hello there gcsings, welcome to Bleeping Computer.

Before you post in the HijackThis Logs and Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum, please try a couple of these free online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal


If you find that you're infected (or the scan doesn't complete or closes unexpectedly), post in the Am I Infected forum located here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

regards,
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 11:58 AM

Hello Weatherman,

Thanks for the advice. I ran Pandasecurity and Kaspersky. Do I post results if I even know how? I only recall seeing threats, no actual viruses. How does this affect the duplicate files? Should I run more scans and post results somewhere, somehow?
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 12:48 PM

Hello gcsings,

I have merged your latest topic with your previously existing topic on the same issue for the sake of continuity and to avoid confusion.

Please do not run HiJack This. It it one of several diagnostic tools used only in the HiJack This forum to aid in finding and diagnosing the types of infections on a computer.

What kinds of files do you find duplicates of? Where do you find them? Some files NEED to have duplicates, removing them would create severe problems.

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#9 gcsings

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 03:47 PM

Hi Orange Blossom,

When searching for music files or pictures, duplicates come up. Most importantly though, the machine is very slow when right clicking on file to delete, move, copy or to check properties. For instance, if I do a search for a spreadsheet, photo, data base file, I get three of the same file in the same location, same size, same date.

Puzzled

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 05:28 PM

To find/eliminate duplicates of photos I have made (I copy folders to various locations), I use an old program called Unique Filer. There are tons of programs like this available which probably are more current and may be better.

http://www.uniquefiler.com/

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 05:34 PM

What is making the Vaio run so slowly? If I right click on a file on the desktop, it takes 30-60 seconds to open the box. How can I check my RAM? Is there a Sony Vaio forum or is this something someone can help me with? Thanks

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 06:22 PM

Possible clues contained in:

10 Reasons Why Your Computer Runs Slow - - http://www.bestsecuritytips.com/xfsection+...rticleid+43.htm

Slow Computer - http://www.theeldergeek.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=22278

For checking RAM:

MemTest Manual - http://hcidesign.com/memtest/manual.html

Memtest86.com - Memory Diagnostic - http://www.memtest86.com/

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 21 January 2009 - 06:23 PM.





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