well. let's see here. got desktop running vista HoPre SP2 that was sold as a refurb by emachines. AMD Athlon X2 4400+, 3GB DDR2, 320GBHDD, NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE integrated GPU, specs where it was bought
etc etc. I've gone and wiped out the gunk that emachines festooned it with, including norton 360(and I used symantec's norton removal thing), set it up with avast, MBAM, spywareblaster, etc.
and I'll note that, even though supposedly it came with a warranty, emachines' representatives insisted it wasn't under warranty way back when I got it a couple years ago (I'd been holding off because I wanted to get it a better PSU and ditch vista, but honestly my old desktop needs to be able to Requiescat en pacis.) so there's not much point in looking to them
for any help.
and I sit and I watch the amount of used HDD space increase over time, even if I've let it idle. tried turning off avast's shields, that slowed it.
we've gone over it with the usual sorts of stuff over in the MRL section. seems to be clean of malware, unless there's something crazily well hidden.
and yet, the space consumption keeps going up.
after our fussing and efforts, we ended up revealing the mystery space that wasn't showing up when I hit properties on the contents of the drive instead of the drive itself, and it was in system volume info. disk cleanup'ing the restore points and volumeshadowcopy stuff reclaimed the space!
but yet the creep continues. I can keep getting it back by continuing to do the "clean out restore points/VSC" thing, but I think it's kind of dumb and counterproductive to do that every few hours. furthermore, I'm posting this from a laptop that I've got set up the same way as the desktop as far as I can tell, and this whole matter is NOT happening with it.
so, now I'm posting in this section, looking for solutions here, since the idea of malware is currently mothballed. I'm not sure if turning off system restore would make a difference; it's on constantly with the laptop and again, the laptop isn't having this problem. even if, once I get done installing, updating, and all that jazz, I usually turn off system restore untill I'm soon to be doing anything risky, I'd rather be doing it by choice rather than "do this or your HDD space vanishes", just the same.and remembering how much I wish I had an XP installer put together with SATA drivers because vista is a PiTA.