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Confused by fluctuating HD space


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Derek Jeter

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Just yesterday my C: was down to 1.75 GB's of free space and then all of a sudden it shot up to 6.65 GB's!!!! The thing is I keep close track of my files and how much space they take up and I noticed that nothing was deleted. How can something like that happen????

Edited by Derek Jeter, 07 April 2007 - 09:59 AM.

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One thing i found is if you go to a lot of newsgroups with Outlook it can put so many files on your computer that you can lose 3 to 5 gigs of space in a short while. Second thing that could be happening is someone is using your computer to send data out with a rootkit program. You can set your browser to delete most of the temp internet files and cookies when you close the program.

Rootkit revealer lets you check your system for hidden rootkits.

http://www.filehippo...otkit_revealer/

Other places that can take up a lot of space if the temp internet files and temp files folders. Check them and clean them up at least weekly. I also use a program called the Unlocker to delete the index.dat files, as they can get to be quite large after a while. I would look into what exactly you are doing to see where the problem is. Check the temp files at different times and see if they expand quickly, etc. You need to look into your browsing habits to see whats happening. Hopefully you are using a firewall to limit incoming and outgoing packets.

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Thanks. I'm currently running the Rootkit revealer right now.
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