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Computer question...Matno
Jul 5, 2002 6:08 PM
What are those programs called that sneak onto your computer and use your processor? My hard drive light has started to be on all the time (again--I fixed it once before) and I can't remember how to clean out stuff like that. Anybody know? Thanks.
re: Computer question...The Walrus
Jul 6, 2002 9:15 AM
Sounds like you have a trojan horse problem. Having good antivirus software will help prevent them from getting in (and if you don't have it, why not?). Unfortunately, even the best software doesn't stop everything; it's also wise to have a firewall to prevent unauthorized access. You can download free software from ZoneLabs ( One way of dealing with stuff that's gotten past any security you've got is; they have a free virus scan that you download. It does not take the place of a full-time anti-virus package, but it is a useful secondary measure.
re: Computer question...goose04
Jul 6, 2002 5:18 PM
it could also be that your harddrive is full or is at the level were it has trouble handling all the data. You might want to check your temp folder and clean out your history and cookies.
re: Computer question...Matno
Jul 8, 2002 2:28 AM
No, the hard drive isn't full. It's still a relatively new setup (4GB HD, 256MB RAM, 1.2 GHz CPU, etc). However, I rarely shut it down and I think that may have been the problem. One reboot and it seems to work fine. Also had a problem with my screen wigging out recently (about every 5 minutes!) Fixed that one by removing, cleaning, and reinstalling the video card! Just goes to show that about 99% of computer problems have simple solutions... As for cleaning out my history and cookies, my wife did that recently (ARGH!). Some idiot tech support lady at the bank said sometimes that helped (with a TOTALLY unrelated problem). I hate it when my autocomplete files get erased.
try running the defragmenter. nmweiwentg
Jul 6, 2002 10:16 PM
Check Startupmr_spin
Jul 8, 2002 7:14 AM
Check your startup folder (Start->Programs->Startup) and see what gets installed on startup. Lots of apps install "helpful" programs these days. The first thing I do is get rid of them.

It is very likely that all the disk activity is your anti-virus program. Turn it off and see if it makes a difference.

If you are running NT you could have services running.