Free Space in Local Disk keep on decreasing

January 20, 2010 at 22:17:44
Specs: Windows XP
hey... My computer free disk kept on decreasing. I been monitoring it for several days yesterday it was around 19.38 and now it 19.23 of free space. I did not download anything. I scan for virus and spyware nothing comes up. The memory keep decreasing over a period of time now. Show is there a way to solve this or the decrease from 19.38 to 19.23 is not significant? is it a virus or trojan problem that is causing this?

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#1
January 21, 2010 at 01:21:01
x-men,"is it a virus or trojan problem that is causing this?" probably not. Scan with a cleaner KNOWN to be able to handle a trojan. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed Dunno about Windows 7..
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical.
IMHO, you most likely are seeing a change due to a file called 'index.dat'. A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
January 21, 2010 at 02:41:54
Also, if System Restore is enabled, everytime you install an application a new restore point is created which takes up more disk space (that is until the maximum space reserved for System Restore has been reached, in which case the oldest restore point is automatically deleted to make room for the new one).

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January 27, 2010 at 18:11:28
yea i scan my computer recently it detected virtumonde.sdn n it detected it twice but after i turn my computer off then on then scan again then da virtumonde sdn is gone do u think that virtumonde is gone...n my memory free space is down to 19.02 for some reason n im still da same person with the problem.

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#4
January 29, 2010 at 09:04:29
If you eliminate a nasty and your scanning software is not capable of scanning your restore folder, or the feature is not turned on, you may still have a copy of it lurking. Turn off system restore and then back on again to clean out the old restore points and reset a new one if you are comfortable it is clean and then rescan again.

Back when I had a system with limited resources on the OS drive of an older XP machine, I would occasionally turn off system restore, do a disk clean up, then a defrag, and then reactivate system restore and PRESTO I had more room. Since most programs and files were already moved to another larger drive, and those remaining could not be moved, this helped a lot at the time.


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