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Constant Hard Drive Access

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#1 puphie


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Posted 27 November 2009 - 09:33 PM

So, last week, my computer, which was running just fine, pretty much brakes to a halt. HD usage skyrocket to between 95 and 100% percent and stays there. However, CPU usage stays more or less normal-- only running about 10 percent with no programs running. Nothing particular noticed on my task manager. Ran Norton AV with updated definitions and nothing showed. Also ran AAW and nothing.

However, I got an error when trying to shut down the other day, stating Sample.exe was running, halting the shut down. I ran both Symantec Nimda removal tools and no dice.

The hard drive was replaced within the past year and the disk check utility that I use claims that my drive is 100 percent healthy aside from the access rate, so I don't believe that this is a hardware problem.

Any ideas??? At this point I'm almost willing to wipe the hard disk and reinstall, but I'm worried that in transferring the data over I will also transfer whatever is causing the problem.

Dell Inspiron 8600
Windows XP Pro, SP3
Pentium M 1.60 GHZ
2 GB ram

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 05:17 PM


Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/274864/mystery-trojanvirusbad-thing/ you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a HJT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days, up to two weeks perhaps less, to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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