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C drive free space getting reduced :(

Last response: in Windows XP
June 20, 2007 4:48:16 PM

Hello Friends,

my C drive is showing some strange behavior these days.

The free space in the C drive is getting reduced. C drive is allocated 10GB.
the total space used by all the Files and folders installed in C drive is 5.2GB.

but it says 9.2GB through Properties. and the worst thing is the free space is getting reduced each day.

I have turned OFF system restore on all drives..

but still what is the reason for this peculiar behavior?

if this continues I could not even BOOT the system because of NO SPACE in C drive :( 

thanks friends
June 20, 2007 5:48:52 PM

You more than likely have a virus. I had one on my dads computer that duplicated a 37kb file over and over and over. Finally got them all deleted and the main file removed. Freed up a couple of gig.

Check this site for a program that will show you your disk usage. You might be able to see whats using all the space.
June 20, 2007 8:08:23 PM


Avast 4 home, its free and I like it.
PCworld rated it as excellent.

has a nice screensaver feature
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June 20, 2007 8:52:17 PM

free anti virus makers themselves tell you they offer no security or ganrantee with them ;) 

download and installNod32 Free 30 Day Trial

then make its settings like this:

nod settings

then download and install spysweeper

make its settings like this:

SS settings

now do a scan first with nod then after nod is done with SS.

lets see what you got
June 20, 2007 11:51:58 PM

You could try WinDirStat.

June 21, 2007 2:29:04 PM

hello dudes,

yeah even I too suspect Virus for this peculiar behavior. but I have an Update Zone Labs security suit. that says no Virus or spy wares found.

I am confused now......

don'tt you guys trust Zone Labs security Suit?

thanks :) 
June 21, 2007 6:58:29 PM

boss you came here asking us so we told you.

not only do I not trust your za (BTW is it freeware) but also if a system is suspected of being infected the last thing you do is trust the apps including security on that PC ;) 

now how about you take 20 minutes and do the scans I recommended so you can help yourself ;) 

you always have to make sure, if you take it step by step and do it right then you can go forward much faster ;) 

step one, make sure the PC is clean don't guess it is ;) 
June 22, 2007 4:28:50 AM

ZL's firewall can be freeware (there is a paid version) but I believe you must purchase the Security Suite. My ISP provides it for free upon request. (They email you a key code which you must use or the trial version expires).
June 22, 2007 2:06:11 PM

yeah Dude,

I have Licensed version of Zone Labs Security Suit......

anyway I ran that and I found out that Lots of files with .CHK extensions were kept on accumulating and those were created during scanning...

and I deleted most of the files and now I have 3GB free space in C drive... and I guess there wont be any such serious problems from now on.

and thanks for the information you guys provided on windirsts.. that helped me:) 

thanks guys...

I get back if I get any problems :o