Solved when ever I plug my external harddrive into the Pc it take

June 18, 2013 at 14:26:42
Specs: XP black, 2.4
It take extra space on my pc harddrive up to 10 gig at a time. Even if I don't download anything. Iv from it. I've tried virus programs but haven't find one that works. But if I scan my pc all the programs on the external shows on my pc harddrive in documents and settings. How can I fix it

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June 19, 2013 at 00:41:12
So you have a newly formatted internal drive and whenever you plug in the external drive it immediately copies some files over to the internal. Something has to be doing the copying. If it's nothing you've installed then maybe it's a virus or malware. Have you done any scans? Here's a download for malwarebytes:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

Run it and see if it finds anything. Have it scan all the files on both the internal and external drives.



#1
June 18, 2013 at 16:38:59
When you first used your external was it empty or did it have some inbuilt backup software loaded?

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#2
June 18, 2013 at 21:09:01
Are you saying that when you connect your external drive to the PC stuff loads from the external drive to the internal drive up to 10 gig? If so, and as I think Derek suspects, there may be some backup/restore process going on. If you don't want the external drive as a backup drive you need to find the software that's doing it and either disable it or uninstall it.

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#3
June 18, 2013 at 22:08:27
It was format before I started to use it. I only use it to back up some files and game images so there isn't any programs loaded on it. I only plug it in to use and then unplug again. But the space it take is on the pc's harddrive and even when the external is unplug its files stil show on the pc's harddrive. I format the pc yesterday and didn't load much yet but the external still does the same as soon as you plug it in.

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#4
June 19, 2013 at 00:41:12
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So you have a newly formatted internal drive and whenever you plug in the external drive it immediately copies some files over to the internal. Something has to be doing the copying. If it's nothing you've installed then maybe it's a virus or malware. Have you done any scans? Here's a download for malwarebytes:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

Run it and see if it finds anything. Have it scan all the files on both the internal and external drives.


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#5
June 19, 2013 at 00:49:38
Have tried Kaspersky AVG and Avast with no luck. Wil try this one and let you know.
Thanks

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#6
June 19, 2013 at 05:48:04
I've used malwarebytes. It detected 16 worm viruses. I cleaned them but now if I open the external drive it doesn't show any files. But the stuff is still on it if you check the space used on it. Is there another way to access it? Thanks


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#7
June 19, 2013 at 07:10:07
Go to command prompt, type the following and hit the Enter key:

attrib -r -s -h X:

Substitute X with the drive letter of your external drive.
Note that there are four spaces in the command and apart from the X it has to be exactly as given.

See if this makes the content on your external visible again.

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#8
June 19, 2013 at 07:20:36
Thanks I browsed around on the pc. The folder that contains the stuff from the external even after the external is unplugged. Is in documents and setting/admin/application data/S1-5-31-1286970278978-5713669491-166975984-320. The folder name is. Rotinom. This is the folder that keeps on growing every time I plug the external in. And then keeps it on the pc even after unplugging the external

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#9
June 19, 2013 at 07:37:41
I've tried the command prompt as follows. attrib -r -s -h E: but it says file not found

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#10
June 19, 2013 at 08:38:21
You had (or still have) the Rotinom virus.

I know you have already run MWB but it often works better from Safe Mode.

I'll keep an eye out for alternative solutions - doubts have been raised about the link I previously posted in this response.

You might still have to use the command given in #7 later in order to see the files on your external.

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#11
June 19, 2013 at 11:23:39
What virus checker are you using?

This is not a new virus but an old one that is doing the rounds again.

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#12
June 19, 2013 at 13:04:26
I've used MVB 1.75

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#13
June 19, 2013 at 13:19:39
You might try just deleting the Rotinom folder on your internal drive, run malwarebytes again from safe mode as Derek suggests, reboot and see if it copies the files again.

Files and folders getting hidden on external drives seems to often happen. The command Derek mentioned is discussed in the # 7 posting here and in my # 15 if you need help with the syntax:

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#14
June 19, 2013 at 23:39:42
"I've used malwarebytes. It detected 16 worm viruses"
Copy & Paste the contents of the log please.

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#15
June 20, 2013 at 02:04:00
Thanks guys. The virus is off!!!!! I've run MWB in safemode again and then I deleted the whole file. Its not back yet. Everthing seems to be working nicely. Thanks for all your help!!!

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June 20, 2013 at 16:59:34
Great! Thanks for posting back. Let us know if you have any further problems.

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