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#1 -Ken-

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:11 AM

Hi.
Today, i uninstalled my Norton and installed Kaspersky.
It's because i thought Norton made my com slow.
Anyway, i tried out Kaspersky and it works out great.
But the problem now is.....

Im not sure if it has anything to do with Kaspersky or not.

My computer space keeps on going down even when im not doing anything.
What should i do?

My friend said the solution is to reformat my com.
I want to know if there is any other solution to my problem.
My com space used to be around 2+ gig.
Now it drops to 1.5+ when im not doing anything.
Just surfing the net looking for solution and chatting.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:33 AM

For starters you should try scanning for spyware, run Adaware and Spybot. Next cleanout the recycle bin, temporary files, etc and also older restore points. After that run chkdsk and defragment the HDD. Then check ur free space. A part od the HD space is also used for the page file as virtual memory.
Here are some links
http://pcworld.about.com/magazine/2007p162id97442.htm
virtual memory
http://aumha.org/win5/a/xpvm.php

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:36 AM

Check system restore and see how much drive space is reserved for restore points. I usually allow about 500mbs. MS requires a minum of 200mb of free HD space for System restore to work. Less than that and restore will be disabled. Start>My Computer(right click)>Properties>System Restore>Settings.
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 09:42 AM

I used zone alarm spyware, kaspersky and yahoo toolbar antispy to search for spyware's just now.
I will try using spybot later.
I already cleaned all my cache, temp files and recycle bin.
And another question.
Yesterday when i viewed my disk clean up, it says i can get another 2 gigs of free space.
When i go see it again just now, it says i can only fee up to .2 gig of space.

My computer restore is set to 2.4 gig.

And thx. I will go view the links you gave me.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:04 AM

You could probably decrease the amount of space devoted to system restore, but less than 5 gig of free space is not a lot these days.

How big is your hard drive?

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 10:13 AM

It's 19.5 gig.

Anyway, it seems to stop now. Even though it's still decreasing, it only decreases a little compared to moments ago.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 11:06 AM

At some point soon you might want to look into a new hard drive, either as a replacement or a second drive.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 11:26 AM

Thx for all of your help. You guys are the best.
My disk space continues to drop and left around 1.2 gig.
At the same time, i downloaded spybot and used it.
Thx turnip.
Now after it removes some spyware (It says i cant remove all due to some reason - I have to restart my com first)
I notice that my disk space is back to 3.61 gig.

Thank you all.
I learned a lot of things today.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 11:31 AM

When im typing just now, my disk space went up again. It's now 4.53 gb.
Guess that i dont have to reformat after all. Thx a lot.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 07:05 PM

Good to here. franktiii has a good idea. A second hard drive is a sound way to expand you system.
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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:04 AM

TT.
I ran spybot once again but this time it detects nothing.
Ad-aware detects something and i removed it but nothing changes.
Then i download webroot. It found something but i dont think it's the thing that's making my com space go down because it poses only low lvl threat and i cant remove it because im not a subscriber.
Well.... my disk space decreases again now and only 3 gig is left.
I will try download some other anti spyware to see if i can fix the problem or not.

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:21 AM

Ken -

Try the online virus and malware detector at http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/ it is in Beta but they recommended it here for me for another problem on a Win2000 box and it was the most successful yet at finding AND FIXING problems. I ran it twice back-to-back. took about 20 min. each. If you find indications of crud in your system you may want to investigate that before beating yourself up over a conflict in configurations and applications.

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:26 AM

Online scans:

Microsoft Full Service Scan
http://safety.live.com/site/en-US/default.htm

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest

Panda Activescan (IE only)
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:
http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan

Trend Micro antivirus European Edition (supports Mozilla based browsers)
http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com/consumer/h...call_launch.php

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner
http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx.

online trojan scans here

Sygate Trojanscan
http://scan.sygatetech.com/pretrojanscan.html

Windows Security Trojanscan
http://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:26 AM

Thx LonMon.
I just downloaded Spyware Doctor and it helped me find the threats.
Now my computer space is back up to 5.17 gig.
But i will still scan it using the link you recommended so that it doesnt happen again.

And for some reason, my zone alarm firewall keeps on shutting down.
It says monitor vector error or something like that and when i ran it again, my com wouldnt connect to the internet. Then i have to restart my com.
But i think it has stopped already.

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 12:29 AM

Thx Enthusiast.
These links will help me a lot if i were to run into any problems again.




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