I have a Gateway ML6732 laptop , about 16 mos old and Vista HP as the os . I have been using the Piriform Defraggler for over a year with no probs and good performance . Lately , I am missing freespace , in large amounts , up to 60 gb , which no files or otherwise going into the computer ! I then noticed this decline occuring during defrag . I was watching this occur on the meter in the Piriform program . It happened once ...about 40gb , that then suddenly "came back" ! Same thing with the 70 gb . Meanwhile , I checked these figures against the space display in C drive and it said the same thing .Then I ran defrag in windows and it seemed to be taking away space as well , maybe to a lesser extent , so I stopped . I am afraid my harddrive is wearing out , or , has anyone ever heard of a virus that eats space ? Thanks 4 any help !
Yes, I did encounter a virus, an ogre, with a huge appetite for space. I don't remember the name. I have looked-up my files to find the thread in which I helped the person to restore the system to health but in vain.
But I do recall that we started with the study of a Hyjackthis log.
Please download and install Hyjackthis, request a scan and save log. Copy the log and paste here. We will see what we can find.
Ambucias ; Thanks for your reply and the humour about the ogre ! The problem was resolved , thanks to the people @ Piriform Docs which I found on google . I just wrote you a detailed account of the fix , which somehow was lost when I tried to send , but the jist of it is that the space alotted for system restore points was full and causing the prob of inaccurate freespace readings . So I manually deleted these old "shadow copy files " and it fixed it ! And , I am saving the linc for hyjack this . Is this a good prog to run just to see what it comes up with ? Thanks again !
Ambucias ; Likewise , I appreciate your attentiveness ! I am new to these forums and if even not a large percentage of the people co-operate , I can see where it would be a really good thing . That Piriform Defraggler remedy , I found by simply Googling "defraggler problems " , and there was a linc to "piriform Docs that directly addressed the prob . Thanks again !