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Virus eating my hard drive

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Lionel Kogan

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I have a fairly new laptop with windows vista on it. The hard drive has about 260 gb of space. I do download a lot of programs, but I should have about 220-230 gb left. I checked my space and I'm down to 2.37 gb of space. I am at my wits end. I do not want to reformat my hd to factory settings because it has a lot of critical data on it. I tried combo fix, mcafee, and panda. Cannot remove it. Please help
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    motto - Just get-er-done

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Please go here for some help.


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Prior to going to the malware forum could you try the following as I have just had one similar caused by msi files

Please download and run Winstatdir

When the little pacmen have finished investigating the drive you will be presented with a visual image of your folders
Select the folder using the most space by clickin the little + sign alongside it
Locate the folder that is using the most space
If there is a + alongside that then click it to dig deeper
Highlight the offending folder and press Ctrl + C this will copy the path to your clipboard
Then right click the folder and select open
This will then open explorer to that folder.. Do you recognise it ?

Then open note pad and select paste... Post the file path in your next reply plus the size and if possible post a screenshot of the windirstat graphical display
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While this could be a mal-ware issue, it is a common complaint with Vista because shadow copy makes a copy of every thing to your hard drive. (doubling your disc space used.)
Please read This article by Microsoft to learn more about shadow copy.
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Sorry replied to the wrong post. Ignore.

Edited by dlinderyd, 07 April 2009 - 09:09 AM.

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