please see my other post about Keylogger Files
This is my dads laptop and im tryng to help him clean it up being as i know a little bit more then he does about computers in general, (like using online forums to look for answers before trying to handle something) lately its been popping up with "low disc space click here to delete files"
Gateway laptop, maybe 2 years old tops
OS- Windows Vista Home premium
2 hard disc drives, 46.3gb cap. on the local drive, 9.55 gb cap on recovery drive.
model #NX86OS (i guess of the drive itself idk)
gateway m# PA6A if that matters
we've uninstalled tons of programs we dont use anymore, and ones that just arent neccesary, had a problem with activex 10, got that taken care of
have the latest of AVG that never finds anything, (have not run it in safemode yet, wanted to post this first to get some ideas on what to try)
just downloaded Superanti spyware free edition because i realized he had nothing for spyware or malware for that matter, its running right now, its already finished the memory and registry files, found an adware tracking cookie and a rogue antispyware bot in those, then in the files themselves its found a keylogger actual spy.
My dad went through the laptop again this morning uninstalling programs to free up room and changed a few preferences i didnt know were available such as one to do with thumbnails, and another for icons to show empty folders even if they contain something, like pictures for instance, he said when he was done he had freed up gigabytes, but i dont remember a specific number, and now its down to 140mb free. theres one game, but its not very large. he has napster for downloading music for bass practice but usually removes the music once he gets it on disc unless he paid for it, but even that isnt very often, im really at a loss as to whats taking up his memory, im not a laptop kinda a person i have a tower with 120g with a multipartion hard drive and its os is windows xp home edition, so with him having vista i really lack the experience with it to know what to do.
one specific problem i cant prevent is my stepmother comes on this and just goes nuts, not with downloading so much but shes on myspace a lot and goes to all those websites that offer the free profile graphics adn crap like that and just uses whatever. ive managed to block quite a few being as thats how the last laptop died from virus' and what not. hence running the super antispyware. =] im going to go wait til that finishes scanning then run avg and super in safe mode. then post back with the results, if anyone can lend an idea, or tell me im looking in the wrong direction it would be great =]
haha update.. i was about to post this and glanced at the SAS and now theres an additional 20 tracking cookies and another keylogger actual spy.