is what you said right near the end.
McAfee and AVG spyware. AVG isn't spyware but an anti-virus and anti-spyware scanner.
So, do you have two anti-virus scanners running full tilt together in the background? If so, this is where your slow performance is likely to be as they will conflict with each other.
I didn't see anywhere in the post where you checked for 'hidden' folders and files. In XP the System Restore utility stores its backup files in a hidden folder and sub-folders. The hidden folder is called "System Volume Information". Find that and you may find much of your hidden disk space.
You could disable System Restore, which would delete all those backup folders and files, then re-enable it to create a brand new restore point immediately, and that might free up a lot of hard disk space;
How to disable System Restore in XP.
I hope that helps.
I have a strange problem with my computer. I've searched these forums and the web and found nothing similar. Hopefully somebody here will be familiar with these symptoms. Please bear with me as I'm not an expert in computers and the jargon. (I know this post is rather long but I want to be as clear as possible about the problem and everything I've done so far.)
first and foremost:
Lenovo Think Pad, Intel Core 2 Duo, T7300 at 2Ghz, 778Mhz 984MB RAM,
The OS: XP Pro 2002 w/ SP3
Ultimately, the problem is that my computer is performing poorly. A few symptoms, (in no particular order of severity):
1) slow boot;
2) Office apps like Word open/load slowly;
3) sometimes when I click between application windows a "ghost" of part of the former window freezes in part of the new window;
4) it sometimes hangs on shut-down;
5) I must "repair" the wireless network adapater everytime I boot, or wake up from standby or hibernate.
One very weird fact jumps out at me - My 90GB hard disc is nearly full. This is strange because, as far as I know, I'm only using about half the capacity. This assertion is supported by several tests:
1) First I added up all the sizes of the files/folders in the C:\ drive =~45GB
2) Next, at the command prompt, I did a "chkdsk f" and then listed every file in C:\. I've pasted the result below:
Total Files Listed:
66413 File(s) 49,124,473,355 bytes
21882 Dir(s) 7,302,565,888 bytes free (NOTE missing 33GB)
3) I downloaded trial TreeSize software and ran it on the C:\ directory. I've pasted the report summary below:
Size: 89,679.0 MB
Used: 82,885.2 MB
Free: 6,793.8 MB
4096 Bytes per Cluster (NTFS)
Size: 49,579.1 MB
Allocated: 49,399.9 MB
Percent of Drive: 55 %
Wasted Space: 139.8 MB
So, out of 3 tests, all seem to show that I'm only using about 50GB of a 90GB hard disc, yet the computer thinks it's full and I can't run scheduled back-ups. The other day I couldn't burn a disc w/o deleting a few things to free up space. It said I was down to 30MB!
Another thing I looked at (with help of a former IT friend) was a report of Quota Entries. My friend enabled the quota function and we looked at the report. This report also shows something strange:
1) The "BUILTIN\Administrators" logon name uses 43GB
2) The logon name associated with me - i.e., same name as appears in User Accounts - uses 37GB.
3) And finally an "Adminstrator" associated with my account shows about 1.6GB
4) all other entries were trivial
So, I have no idea what this means. I can't figure out how to identify which files are associated with "BUILTIN Administrators" as opposed to files associated with my personal user account. The "Builtin Admins" user doesn't show up anywhere in control panel, or wherever.
A bit more background: My computer was exhibiting same exact symptoms about a year ago (namely, C drive was full). I stupidly tried to use the Lenovo supplied "rescue, recovery, restore" utility to reset the computer to an earlier date. It didn't seem to be doing anything so I turned off the computer and went to bed. Next morning I found that I couldn't reboot b/c BIOS had been deleted, or something to that effect. Apparently the firmware had been quietly "restoring" w/o any indication whatsoever. So, I took it to the university's computer helpdesk where they reformatted and reinstalled XP, including SP3. They also installed McAfee and AVG spy-ware. I never noticed much difference in the computer performance. Now, as things have gotten worse, I notice that I'm right back to where I was before - full disk. (btw, McAfee scans never found any threats).
thanks so much for reading my long long story. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!