Posted 10 November 2010 - 06:33 PM
Hello, all. I hope someone can help me (and I hope i've posted this in the right place).
For the last couple of months i've had some problems with my laptop - it has been getting very hot very quickly and is running very slow. I thought it was an overheating problem, so I gave the fan a blast with compressed air, used a cooling mat, flat surface etc which helped a little with the heat but not the speed.
Then I thought maybe I have some malware or something so I tried to run a malware bytes scan and to my horror 7 hours later it was still running a "quick scan". It appeared to be stuck rifiling through a folder called: C:/Documents and settings/default username/local settings/Temporary Internet Files/Content.IE5/
I managed to locate the folder and discovered there were over 200,000 files there. I deleted everything that was there but when I went back to check they were all back plus more.
Now, I cannot find the folder for love nor money. I made all hidden files visible but still can't find this folder but when Malware bytes scans it is still getting stuck on the same folder scanning files i cannot find.
I have tried a couple of things - I changed the disk space to use for temp internet files to 40MB and have deleted all the temp files that come up via internet options - - settings - [temporary intertnet files]view files but there is never a lot there. Also deleted cookies, history and form data. However, When I attempt to delete the temporary internet files via browsing history - delete the window pops up and it is still deleting after 4 or 5 hours (infact it has never finished).
I still can't run malware bytes without it getting stuck on that folder although the files it has scanned before it gets stuck have found no infected files.
I'm at a total loss as what to do. I'm not great with computers so this is all really confusing. My laptop is still getting very hot and is still very slow.
I have also (with guidance) stopped any unneeded startup processes. Malware Bytes is also fully up to date.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
OS: xp home
Free Disk Space: 43.3GB
Thanks in advance.