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Pants
02-09-2005, 03:50 PM
I don't know why I haven't thought of tapping the amazing tech help source that is CP before, but anyway, here's the problem:

It happend a long while ago, I'm not exactly sure how or why but all of a sudden I noticed that 30 GBs were gone from my HDD (it says used space is 39 GBs, 9 of that is legit, I don't know where the other 30 went). When I check all my folders for size, they all appear normal except one - the one in Documents and Settings/My Name/WINDOWS.

To be more clear, it says the whole "Documents and Settings" folder takes up 35 Gigs when I click on properties, but no folders within it come even close to that (the largest is 4+ Gigs), they all seem normal except "WINDOWS" which takes up 0 Gigs, has another folder ("System") inside and no files.

I really don't know what to think, AVG says there are no virues. There is no spyware on the laptop. I just want my 30 Gigs back! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Bob Dole
02-09-2005, 03:53 PM
Accumulated "System restore points", maybe?

Nevermind. System restore points cannot exceed 12% of available disk space.

HC_Chief
02-09-2005, 03:56 PM
Sounds suspicious.

Try another virus scanner.
Also try the 'disk cleanup wizard', and run a defrag analysis on your system.

Pants
02-09-2005, 03:57 PM
Accumulated "System restore points", maybe?

Nevermind. System restore points cannot exceed 12% of available disk space.

I tried system restore right after I noticed, didn't do shit. I really don't feel like formating, but I'm running out of space.

Phobia
02-09-2005, 03:58 PM
If you formatted your drive, I promise this problem would go away.

Phobia
02-09-2005, 04:00 PM
If it were my problem, I'd be in a dos prompt playing with the attrib command in the mydocu~1 directory. But, then I'm a dos genius.

Pants
02-09-2005, 04:04 PM
If it were my problem, I'd be in a dos prompt playing with the attrib command in the mydocu~1 directory. But, then I'm a dos genius.

Are you just bullshitting me with some made up BS commands? Seriously, I got a shit load of stuff I don't wanna lose and this laptop doesn't have a DVD-R, reformatting is the last thing I'd want to do.

Phobia
02-09-2005, 04:12 PM
the attrib command will show you hidden attributes. It sounds to me like you got a trojan with a bunch of crazy data squirreled away - either that or a roommate who wants to hide all his porn.

HC_Chief
02-09-2005, 04:17 PM
the attrib command will show you hidden attributes.

You can view hidden files by enabling the option in folder options (via windows explorer).

Of course, a REALLY sneaky trojan would disable the GUI shell from viewing the files...

Count Zarth
02-09-2005, 04:48 PM
The gigabyte gnomes stole it.


http://www.gnomereserve.co.uk/card%20players.jpg

Pants
02-09-2005, 06:24 PM
the attrib command will show you hidden attributes. It sounds to me like you got a trojan with a bunch of crazy data squirreled away - either that or a roommate who wants to hide all his porn.

Gah!

Miles
02-09-2005, 09:00 PM
Try deleting some porn every now and then.

Pants
02-09-2005, 09:24 PM
Try deleting some porn every now and then.

I don't save pron, well not much at least. All I have is some PB galleries I liked. Not even a a gig of pron on dis machine, lol. :p

Pants
02-10-2005, 03:17 AM
Gah, 5 viruses found with the new AVG version, I'm currently fighting the trojan f*cks to save my laptop.

Names:

Downloader.Stubby.A
PSW.Byspy.A
PSW.Byspy.B

Pants
02-10-2005, 09:41 PM
Got 24 Gig's back last night. Killed everything bad on the comp, cleaned up and defragged. I feel mighty fresh indeed.

Had to DL and run a special utility from AVG to get rid of one of the viruses (the tough one), the others I just took care of manually, deleted all involved files and cleaned out the registry. Feels nice to have my comp back.