I have noticed over the course of the last few days that I slowly losing some HDD space. A few days ago I had 183 GB free on my main drive, then I had 182 a couple days ago. Yesterday I had 181, today I also have 181, but I went from 181.8 to 181.6 somehow.
I've been running CCCleaner.
I had a virus scare in March, so I've been doing daily McAfee full virus scans as well as frequent Malwarebytes scans since. I do daily updates on McAfee. I do not know what it going on. Is this minor hdd loss due to doing frequent virus scans?
I've heard that Window 7 does often make shadow copies of system files. Does McAfee trigger the creation of these?
It could be that logs are mounting up, however they are auto-cleared after 30 days, or do you have anything that auto backs-up stuff? Most likely it is temporary files which you can delete manually.
Go to Start/Run and type in temp and click OK or the Enter key.
When that screen appears go to Edit > Select All
Then click Shift/Delete simultaneously.
OK any prompts. Not all will go, but most will.
Repeat the exercise typing in %temp% this time.
By the way, if you are concerned it could be some sort of malware post a Hijackthis log on one of the specilaist forums that deal with them...all listed near the bottom of this document: https://community.mcafee.com/docs/DOC-2168
They might be able to give you some more pointers.Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 22/04/12 7:52:48 EDT AM
So I ran a disk cleanup and cleared out a lot of service back up files, ran some Spybot immunizations as well as did a scan, ran CCleaner several times. At night I got back 183.41 after a final CCleaner, when I started up again right now I got it down to 183.53 (computer recalculated free space?). Right now since it built up some temp files again I am at 183.51.
Spybot, Malwarebytes, and McAfee all say I am clean. I will do another scan when I got in the shower and see if the space changes afterwards
I've got it verified at Techsupportforum that it is not malware.
I lose some space after each virus scan, sometimes clearing shadow copies in disc cleanup and running CCleaner gets me back to where I should be, other times it does not.
For example, yesterday I was at 188.3-ish, after a few scans I fell to 188.08-ish, and I've been stuck in that range since.
You could try clearing your Quarantined files - if any.
First double-click the taskbar icon to open SecurityCenter
Click Navigation (top right)
Click General Settings & Alerts (left)
Click Access Protection to expand that section
Uncheck Access Protection and click Apply
Leave SecurityCenter open on your desktop because you should re-enable Access Protection after the following steps.
Go to C:\ProgramData\McAfee\VirusScan\Quarantine and click Edit/Select All
Click Shift and Delete simultaneously and the folder should empty.
Take care to delete only the contents of that folder, not the folder itself.
Re-enable Access Protection as mentioned above and click Apply and then exit SecurityCenter.
Those instructions are for Vista/Windows 7.
For XP the folder is found at: C:\Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\McAfee\Virusscan
I do not have any quarantined files.
I think McAfee and Malwarebytes are just saving log files somewhere and there are not being deleted. Or maybe the daily McAfee updates are that big to make up the ~250mb I am looking for?
They all save logs but I do know that McAfee's self-destruct at 30-days so should remain within reason.
The other day keep in mind, it did jump from 188.31-ish to 188.08-ish range. I am wondering if this is normal. I am thinking about reformatting next weekend.
That doesn't sound like a lot to me.
Windows also piles on logs and Events you know.Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 29/04/12 7:35:00 EDT PM