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Anonymous
August 5, 2005 8:53:58 PM

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I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver is started
and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run virus and spyware
scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and autoruns show nothing out of the
ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd sure appreciate getting rid of whatever's
causing this.

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Anonymous
August 5, 2005 11:26:05 PM

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Nobody Special wrote:
> I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver
> is started and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run
> virus and spyware scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and
> autoruns show nothing out of the ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd
> sure appreciate getting rid of whatever's causing this.

"Any Screensaver"? Including "Blank"?
What are the specs of your machine (processor, RAM, etc..)?

Install TweakUI and see if under "General", "Optimize hard Disk when Idle"
is checked...
Check your hard drive for errors (CHKDSK)...
Defragment your hard disk drive...

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
Anonymous
August 5, 2005 11:26:06 PM

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Hi Shenan. Thanks for responding.
Yes, even "Blank".
Specs are:
2GHz Pentium 4, 512MB RAM, 60GB HD
Only thing checked under "General" in TweakUI is "Beep on Errors"
Ran CHKDSK and Defrag. No help.
It acts like a trojan but nothing detects it.
I ran task manager but it unloaded too quickly to catch what it is.

"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
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Nobody Special wrote:
> I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver
> is started and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run
> virus and spyware scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and
> autoruns show nothing out of the ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd
> sure appreciate getting rid of whatever's causing this.

"Any Screensaver"? Including "Blank"?
What are the specs of your machine (processor, RAM, etc..)?

Install TweakUI and see if under "General", "Optimize hard Disk when Idle"
is checked...
Check your hard drive for errors (CHKDSK)...
Defragment your hard disk drive...

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
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August 6, 2005 12:34:09 AM

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Does your anti virus have an option to scan when your screen saver is
activated?

"Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
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>I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver is
>started
> and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run virus and spyware
> scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and autoruns show nothing out of
> the
> ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd sure appreciate getting rid of
> whatever's
> causing this.
>
>
Anonymous
August 6, 2005 12:34:10 AM

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Yes, but only if the antivirus screensaver is selected. Otherwise, no.

"Jim" <kufgf@ujh.com> wrote in message
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Does your anti virus have an option to scan when your screen saver is
activated?

"Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
news:r_SIe.1685$Zo3.1609@fe03.lga...
>I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver is
>started
> and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run virus and spyware
> scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and autoruns show nothing out of
> the
> ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd sure appreciate getting rid of
> whatever's
> causing this.
>
>
August 6, 2005 3:35:56 AM

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I would recommend creating a before and after counter log using the
Performance snap-in of Admin tools. Create a Process log using "Creating
Process ID" for "All instances". Set it up on 3 sec intervals. Save as a
text file and you can view the log file with any spreadsheet program. Run
the first log with the screensaver disabled to get a baseline. Then start a
second log session with the screensaver enabled. Compare the two log files
when done. If its a process thats being triggered by the screensaver, it
should be listed in the second log. However, if its putting an already
active process into overdrive, you wont be able to tell.
GL,

Brian P.
A+, Network+, MCP



"Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
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> Yes, but only if the antivirus screensaver is selected. Otherwise, no.
>
> "Jim" <kufgf@ujh.com> wrote in message
> news:eNSkP6hmFHA.2580@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Does your anti virus have an option to scan when your screen saver is
> activated?
>
> "Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
> news:r_SIe.1685$Zo3.1609@fe03.lga...
> >I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver is
> >started
> > and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run virus and
spyware
> > scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and autoruns show nothing out
of
> > the
> > ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd sure appreciate getting rid of
> > whatever's
> > causing this.
> >
> >
>
>
>
Anonymous
August 6, 2005 3:35:57 AM

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Brian-
That was a great idea. Glad I thought of it. Heheheh. It didn't turn up
anything. All it shows is the systems variables you'd expect to be varying,
varying. This is really freaking me out. I'm beginning to think I've picked up
a bug or something that the security outfits aren't aware of yet. I don't know
what to do as I can't even identify what it is that's exercising my hard drive
and what it's doing. Thanks for your help. Any more ideas would be graciously
appreciated.
NS

"Brian" <brianjp2472@cablelynx.com> wrote in message
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I would recommend creating a before and after counter log using the
Performance snap-in of Admin tools. Create a Process log using "Creating
Process ID" for "All instances". Set it up on 3 sec intervals. Save as a
text file and you can view the log file with any spreadsheet program. Run
the first log with the screensaver disabled to get a baseline. Then start a
second log session with the screensaver enabled. Compare the two log files
when done. If its a process thats being triggered by the screensaver, it
should be listed in the second log. However, if its putting an already
active process into overdrive, you wont be able to tell.
GL,

Brian P.
A+, Network+, MCP



"Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
news:s4UIe.2417$J7.106@fe07.lga...
> Yes, but only if the antivirus screensaver is selected. Otherwise, no.
>
> "Jim" <kufgf@ujh.com> wrote in message
> news:eNSkP6hmFHA.2580@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Does your anti virus have an option to scan when your screen saver is
> activated?
>
> "Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
> news:r_SIe.1685$Zo3.1609@fe03.lga...
> >I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver is
> >started
> > and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run virus and
spyware
> > scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and autoruns show nothing out
of
> > the
> > ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd sure appreciate getting rid of
> > whatever's
> > causing this.
> >
> >
>
>
>
Anonymous
August 6, 2005 6:10:07 PM

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Brian-
Just thought maybe you'd like to know what my problem was. I got Filemon from
SysInternals, at it showed that my avast! anti-virus was running during
screensaver run time, even though I had it set NOT to! Who'da thought?
NS

"Brian" <brianjp2472@cablelynx.com> wrote in message
news:o TQZ0AkmFHA.1048@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
I would recommend creating a before and after counter log using the
Performance snap-in of Admin tools. Create a Process log using "Creating
Process ID" for "All instances". Set it up on 3 sec intervals. Save as a
text file and you can view the log file with any spreadsheet program. Run
the first log with the screensaver disabled to get a baseline. Then start a
second log session with the screensaver enabled. Compare the two log files
when done. If its a process thats being triggered by the screensaver, it
should be listed in the second log. However, if its putting an already
active process into overdrive, you wont be able to tell.
GL,

Brian P.
A+, Network+, MCP



"Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
news:s4UIe.2417$J7.106@fe07.lga...
> Yes, but only if the antivirus screensaver is selected. Otherwise, no.
>
> "Jim" <kufgf@ujh.com> wrote in message
> news:eNSkP6hmFHA.2580@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Does your anti virus have an option to scan when your screen saver is
> activated?
>
> "Nobody Special" <dummy_addr@charter.net> wrote in message
> news:r_SIe.1685$Zo3.1609@fe03.lga...
> >I have constant hard drive activity the moment that any screensaver is
> >started
> > and ends the moment the screensaver is stopped. I've run virus and
spyware
> > scans but no help. msconfig, hijack this, and autoruns show nothing out
of
> > the
> > ordinary. Anybody heard of this? I'd sure appreciate getting rid of
> > whatever's
> > causing this.
> >
> >
>
>
>
!