Solved Orange LED (disk busy lite) is constantly ON!

September 6, 2011 at 15:00:50
Specs: Windows Vista
Have a Sony VGN-NR-160E computer running Vista and Sony VAIO.
The orange LED (disk busy) lite is on constantly and my computer
is very slow. I have looked at Task Manager and typically find about
70 processes running, the coded names for which are indecipherable.
Have virtually eliminated suspicions of a virus. Any ideas??

Thanks!!


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September 8, 2011 at 19:34:38
From what I can make of it ARO2011 is an "Advanced Registry Cleaner". It is nothing near like MalwareBytes which checks for Viruses, Trojans and the like. MWB freebie is very well known and respected around these parts - it often finds what AV's miss.

IObit seem to offer various programs so I don't know which one it was.

"HijackThis" is fine but it makes me wonder if what you downloaded was some spoof with a deliberately similar name. I'm afraid there are so many bogus anti-virus scams around that it must be hard to tell which are good or bad, unless you do this sort of thing a lot like the folk on here. Beware of anything that asks for money to fix what it purports to find - usually scams. There are good free programs around for most things, so always ask on here if you need anything.

I don't know what AV you are using but Windows Defender itself is not really one. It has been replaced by Microsoft Security Essentials (free), which IS an AV, and would be a much better bet unless you have some other good AV onboard. There are quite respectable free ones around, such as Avast.

If ARO2011 and IObit worked some magic then that is good to hear. In general though I would be very careful using such programs because they can have a knack of making things worse. CCleaner is a good and popular freebie which clears out general junk.

Anyhow, thanks for taking the trouble to let us know things are going better now.



#1
September 6, 2011 at 15:33:49
How did you eliminate suspicions of a virus if the names are indecipherable? That's the first sign of a virus.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#2
September 6, 2011 at 15:51:30
Thanks for your answer. To (hopefully) rule out a virus or spyware,
I ran deep scans of Windows Defender, Avast anti-virus and IObit
Malware fighter. No problems detected by either of those three,
a process which took over twelve hours!

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#3
September 6, 2011 at 16:14:25
Run hijack this & post the log.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#4
September 7, 2011 at 08:20:57
Regret to say I'm not a "power user". Read up on HijackThis and saw that it does not point out specific problems, but rather "areas" where problems may exist; that it can also damage my computer if I make erroneous "repairs". In short, I'm afraid to try it! I did run Trend Micro's ARO2011 which listed thousands of errors, while
purporting to fix them for free. NOT SO!! When the scan finished, they wanted some bucks to proceed with the "fix".

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#5
September 7, 2011 at 08:30:25
"...HijackThis does not determine what is good or bad. Do not make any changes to your computer settings unless you are an expert computer user..."

http://www.hijackthis.de/index.php?...

sambo11 let us know when you sort out your problem and how you fixed it!
.
Demonstrative exspelling
... there is logic to this madness!
http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/...
the element of surprise Grrrrrrrr


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#6
September 7, 2011 at 08:49:08
What do you mean you're not a power user? Who owns the system? If it's not yours, why haven't you gone to the administrator, instead of wasting our time?

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#7
September 7, 2011 at 08:52:57
Just noticed that after I ran Trend Micro's ARO2011 and it eliminated some
of the "Junk" it had found, things improved!!
I declined to buy the full package because the "free fix" offer turned out NOT to
be free. That was irritating, but not unusual. However I gladly admit that my "disk access" LED does not stay on nearly as much as it did before running the ARO2011.

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#8
September 7, 2011 at 08:59:25
The system IS mine, I AM the administrator.
I was asking for help...sorry to waste your time.

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#9
September 7, 2011 at 09:56:43
I told you what to do but you were too afraid to do it.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#10
September 8, 2011 at 13:54:25
Running HijackThis does nothing at all to your computer. It just reports the good and bad things that run at startup. You need an expert to tell you what to let it remove and that is why the log was requested. There's not much point asking for assistance if you are not prepared to do what is suggested.

In your first post you seemed sure your computer was virus free and yet you went on to find more "junk". Don't buy anything, but run the freebie "MalwareBytes". I know you've tried several but MWB is particularly good at finding what others miss.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
September 8, 2011 at 16:26:45
Derek,
Thanks for your response! I went to the MalwareBytes site and noticed it is the same "freebie" I have already run. However, it was named ARO2011.
Between that and one called IObit, my problem may be solved. I first ran one
and then the other. After about three cycles of that, the two programs agreed I
had no further problems. The disk access LED returned to a more normal off and
on condition. The basic reason I never ran Hijack was that Windows Defender
popped up a message saying it was "Dangerous"! That scared me away.


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#12
September 8, 2011 at 19:34:38
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From what I can make of it ARO2011 is an "Advanced Registry Cleaner". It is nothing near like MalwareBytes which checks for Viruses, Trojans and the like. MWB freebie is very well known and respected around these parts - it often finds what AV's miss.

IObit seem to offer various programs so I don't know which one it was.

"HijackThis" is fine but it makes me wonder if what you downloaded was some spoof with a deliberately similar name. I'm afraid there are so many bogus anti-virus scams around that it must be hard to tell which are good or bad, unless you do this sort of thing a lot like the folk on here. Beware of anything that asks for money to fix what it purports to find - usually scams. There are good free programs around for most things, so always ask on here if you need anything.

I don't know what AV you are using but Windows Defender itself is not really one. It has been replaced by Microsoft Security Essentials (free), which IS an AV, and would be a much better bet unless you have some other good AV onboard. There are quite respectable free ones around, such as Avast.

If ARO2011 and IObit worked some magic then that is good to hear. In general though I would be very careful using such programs because they can have a knack of making things worse. CCleaner is a good and popular freebie which clears out general junk.

Anyhow, thanks for taking the trouble to let us know things are going better now.


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#13
September 9, 2011 at 12:32:39
Derek,
Just to make sure I had covered (almost) all the bases, I did run the MalwareBytes
program and it found no problems. Perhaps the other two, IObit and ARO2011,
did do the job!
Thanks very much for your help!

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#14
September 9, 2011 at 14:22:43
Good to hear it found nothing else - glad to have helped.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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