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Virus immediatly taking up any free hard drive space...


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#1 kittyross

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

Hi all,

 

I'm using a Dell desktop with Windows XP and as of last week it started running extremely slow. I noticed that of my 500GB hard drive, only 50MB's of space was free. I deleted 30GB worth of files and within minutes the space available went from 30GB to 59 MB. I repeated this several times and every time, the ammout of free space goes to some tiny number after mere minutes.

 

I do download sometimes so am assuming I've got some type of virus. I have Norton 360, which did not pick up anything, and downloaded and scanned with the free versions of Malwarebytes anti-malware and Super Anti Spyware. The last two picked up some tracking cookies and a trojan (which I think was just a keygen) and I got rid of everything they flagged as potentially dangerous. Unfortunately however, the problem hasn't gone away.

 

Does anyone know of a virus that would infect in this sort of way? And if so, is there anything I can do to fix it?

 

I'm not particularly tech-saavy so would appreciate any help you may have!

 

Thanks in advance,

Kate



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:56 AM

Download Windirstat from here

http://windirstat.info/download.html

Install and launch it

Expand your C drive and see which folder or file consumes space.

 



#3 kittyross

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:15 PM

Thank you!

 

Followed your instructions and turns out, my Norton Back Up is taking up 42.3% of my hard drive space!! I'm quite relieved, was thinking I might have to replace my computer. Now I just have to figure out how to disable & get rid of the back up.

 

Again, much thanks :)

 

Kate



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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:16 PM

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