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#1 Skwert78

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 02:07 PM

I'm running a Dell (about 3 years old) with 80 Gb of hard disk space. As of early last Monday it still had almost 18 Gb left, then suddenly as I'm working on something in Microsoft, I start getting "low disk space" messages. I look, and we are suddenly down to 412 Mb. I figure there must be some kind of virus or trojan or something eating up space so I ran scans in safe mode and out, rad ad-aware programs, did a disk clean etc, but we are still only at about 1 Gb available. Can anyone tell me what I should do?

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 06:18 PM

Do you have system restore on? It could have made a restore point and used the drive space. AT max 12% it uses 9 gigs of a 80 gig drive.
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#3 Skwert78

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Posted 02 July 2007 - 11:49 PM

How exactly do I check this? My restore points haven't been working correctly for ages. You try to make one and it never finishes, you try to restore to one and it says it can't complete the requested task, but gives no reason. This computer has major issues...but this memory thing is really bugging me.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 01:07 AM

Hi Skwert 78. Welcome to BleepingComputer.

It sounds as though it would be a good idea to look at this link and run through the steps there which will probably clean up quite a bit. If you still have problems, carry on with the HiJackThis log and let an expert help you fix things.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/

First though, it sounds as though your System Restore points are not much good to you at the moment and are probably infected, so you can clean up quite a bit by going to Start/AllPrograms/Accessories/SystemTools/DiskCleanup. Tick all the boxes showing a lot of space being used, and on the MoreOptions page you can choose to Remove all but the Most Recent Restore Points. This will not free up space as this is fixed, and will take a while but is a good idea, and cleaning the others will save some room.

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