This is the 2nd of 2 issues I am experiencing currently and would like help resolving. The first is in regards to a possible infection with symptoms that selected folder images randomly change. I am stating this, as I was unsure whether I should wait until that problem is resolved before attempting to fix this, the 2nd issue.
After a recent AVG 2011 Free update, I began experiencing incompatibility issues with Google.ca as my home page, and IE8. Whenever I would launch IE8, it would crash and then recover Google.ca, the homepage. Sometimes an error report would be generated.
After searching I found that the issue is the AVG Safe Search Add-on.
I've tried all sorts of options. I downloaded Google Chrome, but didn't like it. Partly due to its functionality, but also because I use Spywareblaster (currently uninstalled) which is not compatible.
I actually like IE8. I've decided that I will just disable the Safe Search option.
However... due to this and other issues
I decided to restore my computer to a previous state. I did this a few times trying different restoration points to make sure that all the software I wanted was installed, and those I didn't weren't... making sure that my computer was performing properly. One restoration point, which probably had the .net framework 3whatever (the one I'm currently using is 1.1), had my computer activity light constantly on. I've had to reinstall a few programs a couple times during this process, mostly AVG.
The problems are... after all these system restorations I'm sure my directory is messed up... and I've somehow lost 30Gigs of memory on my hard-drive.
This last week-end, I deleted a bunch of unused movies & older files from my computer... almost 30 Gigs worth, actually. They're still deleted, so it's not like they somehow undeleted.
When I began the restore process I started out with about 124 Gigs, now I have only 97.
Could anyone explain what happened here? Are there multiple back-up copies of these reinstalled programs on my computer? Or could this be resolved by deleting my restoration points?
Are there any tools I can run to recover this lost hard-drive space and clean up the performance of my computer?
XP Pro SP3
AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core 4600+
HP Pavilion m7580n
Edit: My computer says I am using 191GB on C Drive out of 289GB
My Documents uses 148GB, which seems right.
Other contents of C are as follows:
AVG Vault - 90bytes
CMPNENTS - 258MB
Documents & Settings - 150GB
HP - 184MB
Program Files - 3.28GB
Python 22 - 25.4MB
SystemRoot - 0bytes
temp - 0bytes
Windows - 6.9GB
System.sav - 0bytes
Difference is almost 31GB. Where is it?
Edited by Mediokrates, 03 May 2011 - 11:20 AM.