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Low disk space-virus?

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I keep getting a 'low disk space' warning. I then delete files/pics of appr 200MB and in no time something has 'gobbled' that space up(almost instantly). I have a 40GB hard drive and have deleted everything that I can,only working components left. I have Kasp 2009 scanning now but computer keeps cutting out, Adobe has also closed down. Any help will be appreciated.

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Before you can get to the issue of whether or not you're actually infected, you should backup all of your personal data to an external device. Preferably, an external hard drive. Once you have determined your data is copied and is okay, remove some of the larger files first. Try to get at least 2 to 4 gigs of free space on your c: drive. It order for most system processes to work, there has to be at least a few gigs of 'scratch' space for it to work with.

 

Then see if Kaspersky will run.

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I have already deleted all my personal data bit by bit and as I free space it gets 'gobbled' up and the Low disk warning starts again. I have no more personal data that I can backup on system.????

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Its unlikley to be a virus-related issue, more of an issue with software error or software logging being left enabled.

 

Download WinDirStat.

Use that to locate the folder taking up the most space.

Which is it? What files are within it (file-names?)

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I did a GSI and came up with an 'update' and an 'unknown'- nothing 'nasty' lurking around. I then ran WinDirStat and found that 26.8GB space is occupied by TMP (.tmp) files under Docs + Settings.

I now need to find the files and delete what I can then compress-but I don'seem to find files???

Anyway, thanks all for the help-glad it is not a virus.

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...but I don't seem to find files??? ...
Windows control panel > Folder options > View tab > show hidden files > apply > ok.

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I presume the files will come back again.You need to identify the software causing the temp files and fix that.

 

Have a go exiting all non-essential applications, seeing the filesize (and if the temp files reappear). If they don't, open a software you generally use daily and see if the file-size increases constantly (and temp files reappear). Keep doing this until you can identify the offending software and try uninstalling and installing again.

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My computer is not allowing me to show 'hidden files+folders'. I feel a bit like a dunce :unsure: .

When I select 'show hidden files+folders' apply + OK it does not register the command and reverts back to 'do not show files+folders'. I suppose this is no longer the correct forum for this problem?

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Yes, not entirely the correct problem to post on this forum, but we may be able to help a bit still.

 

Only if you are using Windows XP...

Ensure you are running the computer as an Administrator and download and extract the attached file.

Run the .reg file and click OK/Yes on the prompt.

 

show_hidden_XP.zip

Edited by dawgg

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Thanks dawgg. You are not gonna believe this-I uninstalled Kaspersky and freed appr 28GB, am now too chicken to re install. Why would that be ?(seems to me that could be a sort of virus in its self :ai:)

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As I said, this behaviour is not virus-like.

 

Attach a link to your PC's GSI Parser to your next post. Instructions shown at the bottom of this post.

 

What version of Kaspersky did you have installed? 9.#.#.### (the numbers)

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sometimes windows displays free space incorrectly have you tried running chkdsk set to fix system file errors?

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