C drive too full, computer slow.

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June 26, 2013 at 17:59:04
Specs: Windows XP, 512
Hello out there, I use windows xp sp3, with norton security. Windows security updates have got my C drive so full I can't defrag. it, so I deleted everything I could, updates from 4 years ago etc. trying to make some room ( it took 2 hours ) and windows security dumped the files I deleted back in with the prompt that my C drive is too full. I chatted with a Microsoft tech and he suggested I upgrade. I mean, come on! Micro soft is gonna jam me up with windows updates till I have to buy a new computer or what? HELP thank you.

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June 26, 2013 at 18:06:50
"and windows security dumped the files I deleted back in"

Say what? You deleted the files and they came back home? Or the updates came back? Or what?

"Windows security"? You mean windows update?

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June 26, 2013 at 18:18:42
Have you tried cleaning up temporary files using the portable version of CCleaner?

You can/should ignore the registry section of that program.

Is your hard drive a HDD (old type) or a SSD (new type)? If it's a SSD, you shouldn't try defragging it. If it's a HDD, after cleaning with CCleaner, try defragging with the portable version of Defraggler. It saves a lot of time and performs very well on Windows XP.

How exactly did you delete those Windows Updates? If they're considered critical updates, you should keep them installed. It sounds like you have Automatic Update enabled and so they were reinstalled back on.

Have you recently performed a full system scan (after updating all available definitions) with Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware?

What is the total capacity of your hard drive, and how full does it say it is within My Computer?

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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June 26, 2013 at 18:28:10
You didn't state the size of your HDD or whether it's partitioned or not. Start by downloading & installing CCleaner-Slim. Before you run it, make sure the following are checked - DNS Cache, Font Cache, Hot Fix Uninstallers. After you run it, uncheck them again.

CCleaner-Slim 4.02, direct download

Another thing to do is either disable System Restore altogether, or limit the amount of space it can use. If the settings have never been touched, XP's system restore can use up to 12% of each partition. So if you have a 100GB partition, it can use up to 12GB of space. The average Restore Point is approx 30MB, so 12GB is approx 400 restore points. I doubt you will EVER need that many. Either disable it altogether, or adjust the slider to a more realistic size, 500MB should be plenty.

Turn off or reduce system restore to save hard drive space in XP

After doing the above, reboot & see how much free space you have. There are plenty of other things that can be done too, one of them is getting rid of Norton.

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June 27, 2013 at 11:35:14
Depending on your HD size you might be able to move video's and other large files of your own onto an external USB drive. Pictures are not usually massive but if you have a lot they could use a fair amount of space - same thing for sound files.

You could also see if you have a lot of unnecessary programs (Control Panel > Add-Remove Programs). By clicking the size tab at the top you can put them in largest first (or last) which will help you decide.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 13, 2013 at 20:13:19
Thanks for the input, oh people of the internet.( Follow- up on my query.) So, for 1 month I'd been plagued with the " not enough space in C drive." Today, the norton icon disappeared for a short while ( never did that before) and for no reason I went to check the defrag graph and guess what, my % of space available went from 1% to 48%. So I was able to defrag..... Can someone explain to me how this happened and why it took sooooo long to fix itself. Thank you.

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July 13, 2013 at 20:49:09
No idea why it happened.

Get rid of Norton, more trouble than it's worth.

How can I fully remove Norton Antivirus from my system?

I use MSE.

Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE )
System requirements
Can Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) protect me from online banking and shopping.
If you choose to use Security Essentials, please follow the steps in this thread first, especially the part about removing all existing realtime antimalware:
3. Remove ALL real-time anti-malware products that WERE EVER INSTALLED on your PC(Norton, McAfee, TM, AVG, avast, avira, MBAM (paid), etc). Uninstall your previous real-time antimalware. Then, use the removal/cleanup tools in this thread. Not only should you remove your current anti-malware product(s),you should also uninstall any free or trial anti-malware products that may have been installed on your PC when purchased, even if never activated. Some anti-malware products have their own firewall. Removing/uninstalling these products will (or should) enable the Windows Firewall. MSE will use the Windows Firewall by default. After removal and cleanup of all other anti-malware products,restart your PC andcheck that the Windows Firewall is ON. You can check the status of the Windows Firewall in the Security Center/Action Center of your PC, or via the Control Panel.
Check list for installing Microsoft Security Essentials

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July 14, 2013 at 01:39:40
Re #3.

Strangely my server reports that a virus is suspected on the second link website.
It could be a false positive - just thought I should mention it. I can apparently access it by changing my server account settings but haven't bothered.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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