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Sudden very heavy HD usage - malware?


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#1 ianbrodie

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 03:48 AM

Yesterday evening, the HD on my laptop suddenly started going mad. I don't know what was causing it, but no other application could run.

I re-booted in safe-mode, and ran anti-malware scans (all just updated) - Microsoft Security Essentials, AntiMalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware. Nothing showed up, but the HD activity stopped. I also downloaded and ran Autoruns, but I couldn't see anything that was obviously alien.

Is there a reasonable explanation for this (perhaps index rebuilding, or something)? If not, is there a way I can tell next time what's causing this burst of activity, so I can deal with it?

Thanks

Edited by Orange Blossom, 25 March 2011 - 08:28 AM.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 06:59 AM

Open task manager to the processes tab, sort on the cpu column, and see if any process is spiking

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 02:14 PM

Open task manager to the processes tab, sort on the cpu column, and see if any process is spiking

Thanks, I'll do that next time.

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