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#1 Steve1997

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:08 PM

Computer says out of hard drive space..70gig..says only 250 meg left..been to add remove programs..have deleted about everything...system has created no restore points even though restore is on..Virus?? Hard drive bad?? :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 03:49 PM

Posted Image to BC Steve1997. There could be a number of issues :

Step 1

Download Sequoia View This will help yu t establish what is taking up your space.

Step 2
Go to the manuactere's website and download some diagnostic tests to see whether the HDD is still OK

Step 3
Clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transferring old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive. When you have moved/saved the files you want to keep, run Disk Cleanup and let it scan your system for files to remove. "Dont clean out the Prefetch folder" - This is a common myth that will not improve performance

Edited by fozzie, 22 February 2007 - 03:50 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2007 - 04:36 PM

Computer won't even let me delete anything now...says drive is full..is there a virus that fills your hard drive? It is an 80 meg hardrive..not 70.

Edited by Steve1997, 23 February 2007 - 04:39 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2007 - 05:55 PM

250 meg is indeed a little short. Can you do the following :

Restarting Your Computer in Safe Mode

On Windows 95

Restart your computer.
Press F8 at the Starting Windows 95 message.
Choose Safe Mode from the Windows 95 Startup Menu then press Enter.

On Windows 98 and ME

Restart your computer.
Tap repeatedly the F8 key after the Computer startup test screen (POST) is done.
or
Press the CTRL key until the startup menu appears.
Choose the Safe Mode option then press Enter.

On Windows NT (VGA mode)

Click Start>Settings>Control Panel.
Double-click the System icon.
Click the Startup/Shutdown tab.
Set the Show List field to 10 seconds and click OK to save this change.
Shut down and restart your computer.
Select VGA mode from the startup menu.

On Windows 2000

Restart your computer.
Tap repeatedly the F8 key when you see the Starting Windows bar at the bottom of the screen.
Choose the Safe Mode option from the Menu then press Enter.

On Windows XP

Restart your computer.
Tap repeatedly the F8 key after the Computer startup test screen (POST) is done.
Choose the Safe Mode option from the Menu then press Enter.


than :


* Clean Temporary files + Recycle bin

* Go to start > run and type: cleanmgr and click ok.
* Let it scan your system for files to remove.
* Make sure Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files, and Recycle Bin are the only things checked.
* Press OK to remove them.

If you double click MY COMPUTER than Double click your hard disk. Than go to VIEW and select details can you than see where the largest portion of those GB's are?

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 07:34 PM

Hey...found the problem with Sequoia View...It was an employees computer and it had a keylogger and spy program taking screen snapshots....found the files and deleted them...now have 55 Gigs free!!
Thanks for the great advice and help!!!!

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 09:02 PM

Wow, frankly, I never expected it to be a virus or malware. Good find!

By the way, this got me to download sequoia view, great little program!

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 09:26 PM

Hey...found the problem with Sequoia View...It was an employees computer and it had a keylogger and spy program taking screen snapshots....found the files and deleted them...now have 55 Gigs free!!
Thanks for the great advice and help!!!!

Perhaps there are some remainders somewhere. Better be safe than sorry :thumbsup:

In normal mode, run an online antivirus check from at least two and preferably three of the following sites
BitDefender
Computer Associates Online Virus Scan
Panda's ActiveScan
Trend Micro Housecall
Windows Live Safety Center Free Online Scan
This scanner from Trend does not require an Active X to run.

1. Detects and removes malware ( viruses, worms, trojans, etc. )
2. Detects and removes grayware and spyware
3. Restores damage caused by malware to your system.
4. Notifies about vulnerabilities in installed programs and connected network services.
5. Multi-platform support for: Windows, Linux, Solaris.
6. Easy-to-use with the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Suggest 1,5 and 6 and post the results here.




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