Solved red light more than not flashes

March 2, 2015 at 14:30:04
Specs: Windows 8
if it the red light flashing signification of hard drive activity. why now? It's been working normal for close to two years. The wi-fi connection hasn't been interrupted. Please help someone!

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#1
March 2, 2015 at 14:53:12
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Without the computer make and model number we cannot be sure what that "red light" might mean. Sometimes there is a useful symbol against it.

However, most likely you are correct and it is hard drive activity. In which case this change is usually down to some program(s) you have added or malware. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del keys and select Task Manager. Look particularly at "Processes" and anything new in "Start-up".

It would be worth running MalwareBytes freebie:
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
(green Download button top right - not anything else on the page)
Run the program but before doing the scan go to "Settings > Detection and Protection" and put a checkmark in "Scan for rootkits".

If it finds anything then please copy/paste the logs on here because even if the symptoms are cured you are likely to still have things lurking around that require further cleaning. If nothing is found let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
March 2, 2015 at 22:30:31
Your first sentence is not clear. Do you mean the red led is flashing more or less than what you consider 'normal'? How much ram have you got in it?

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#3
March 3, 2015 at 13:09:25
It may have just been a loose connection. I hope! it has stopped. I am going to run a computer health check to be certain. Thank you

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#4
March 3, 2015 at 13:13:05
Your right, I messed up the wording.

It was to say, "The red light flashes more than not.
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#5
March 3, 2015 at 14:29:35
I think it's still a mystery. If it was a loose connection, that could only make the light go off at times - it must have already been on. On the other hand an intermittent short circuit could cause the light to come on at times, although this would be a rare thing.

I still favour the idea that it is/was some sort of activity. There are all manner of checks that Windows does, eg. defrag, updates and a host of scheduled tasks. Similar things are happening with third party programs too, including virus checkers and programs built in by your computer manufacturer. Maybe that all happened to coincide and drew it to your attention. Each program you install could add to this situation.

What does "seem" clear is that none of this is noticeably affecting the running of your computer, so my previous virus possibility now seems rather less likely, although running the program I gave in #1 might have unearthed something - it often does. I don't know if using the computer when the light was flashing stopped it doing so - in which case it could have been an activity that works in idle periods only.

Maybe at some time in the future a reason for this will become apparent but right now I think the "don't know" category fits it best.

Whatever - hope it keeps going for you.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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