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Why and how is all my phsyical memory used up?!


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#1 juhess88

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:13 AM

I use windows XP. I have two hard drives. My "d" is 40 GB and my "c" is 15 GB.

I rarely ever put programs in "c". Everything goes into "d". It says in "my computer" that I only have 742 MB of remaining space in "c". I don't know how that is possible since I only used 1 GB worth of memory in "program files". That means that nearly 14 GB of memory are being used in "WINDOWS" and "documents and settings".

Also, when I highlight all the programs in "c", it says I have used up only 12 GB (which is still way too much). So I don't know why that occurs either.

Anyway, i have a theory that maybe I have a virus on my computer that keeps multiplying itself on my computer, which is taking up all my memory.
The other option is that I have useless files in "WINDOWS" and in "docs and settings". The only problem is that I may delete an important file (which I have probably already done since my computer is crashing and malfunctioning all the time).

Is there a way to know, which files are junk, viruses, and important ones??

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 01:41 PM

To get a physical picture of what's on the hard drive:
SequoiaView

http://w3.win.tue.nl/nl/onderzoek/onderzoe...n/sequoiaview//

You also might want to do some malware scans
I'd suggest one of these free online scans to ensure that you're not infected:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

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