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#1 caly603

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:41 PM

Hi, I am running a Dell with Windows XP SP3, using Norton's Internet Security 2010. My computer was recently reformatted and I am now experiencing very sluggish behavior both on and offline. I ran the disk cleanup feature and it showed my memory as almost completely full. I have done disk check, defrag, updated and run malwarebytes, adaware, and superspyware programs, all to no avail. I vaguely recall something similar happening a number of years ago due to a trojan or virus, can't remember what or how I dealt with it. Any suggestions? Please list things to check, as it's very time consuming to do much of anything at this point.
Thanks!!!
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:56 PM

it showed my memory as almost completely full

Assuming, you're referring to your hard drive (not memory), what is the drive size and how much of it is free (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")?

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:01 PM

I have a 38 GB capacity, it's showing 615 MG free. Yes MG, it's really filling fast :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:02 PM

LOL, MB, not MG!!

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:06 PM

Some infection always possible, but....
Download, and install Disk Space Reporter: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System...-Reporter.shtml
See, if you can figure out what's taking space.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:33 PM

I have spent hours trying to find out how to view space usage. I like that suggestion!! Now, after reviewing I find that my daughter downloaded tv, music, and podcasts for her Itouch. Do they need to be saved in the computer? Her account is responsible for over 19 GB usage, according to the results.

And thanks again for that suggestion. It was a quick and painless way to see where the culprit is. <Namely, my daughter>
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 04:45 PM

You're welcome :thumbsup:
Surely, any data can be saved somewhere else.
Whatever you do, remember, that Windows runs well, if it has AT LEAST 15% of a free space (6GB in your case).

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:16 PM

It took hours to transfer all of that downloaded "good stuff" to an external drive. Now I seem to be running well- time will tell. It's certainly much faster now. I will give it some time and see if it takes care of some of the little oddities that were happening before. Thank you so much!!!
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:47 PM

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