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Unusual, Persistent Hard Drive Activity

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by kbandt, Apr 14, 2005.

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  1. kbandt

    kbandt Thread Starter

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    How can I determine which application or process is responsible for some unusually long, persistent hard drive activity? Hard drive activity is not continuous, but more like 1 or 2 second on/off activity for long periods of time. Is there a utility that can determine this?

    I have checked for running processes in Task Manager (none appear to be taking CPU cycles). I also checked my Norton's System Works 2005 to see if there were any background processes running on a pre-set interval, and could not find a basis for this activity there either.

    I am running Windows 2000, and also run Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Plus and SpyBot Search & Destroy for spyware. Norton's Go Back is active, but I'm used to only seeing extra hard drive activity when I first start up.

    Again, is there any utility out there that can help with investigating what is responsible for the unusual hard drive activity?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Hi and welcome to TSG,

    Please do this. Click here: http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/hijackthis_sfx.exe
    to download Hijack This.

    Close all open windows and open Hijack This. Click “Scan”. When the scan is finished, the scan button will change to “Save Log”. Click on “Save Log” and then save it to NotePad. Click on “Edit” – “Select all” – “copy” and then “paste” into the thread.

    DO NOT FIX ANYTHING YET, most items that appear in the log are harmless or even needed.
     
  3. kbandt

    kbandt Thread Starter

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    Thanks for replying Cookiegal.

    I will download HijackThis as you suggest, but I'll hold off sending you a snapshot until I can further test a theory I have been developing. Due to a peculiar set of circumstances since I first posted, I believe I am onto the trail of the "culprit", which I believe to be Norton's GoBack. However, I still need a little more time (several more days), since I have to work this in around my other daily activities.

    I will definitely get back to you with my findings - and perhaps even that HijackThis output file if my theory proves wrong.
     
  4. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    OK, thanks for the update.
     
  5. kbandt

    kbandt Thread Starter

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    Sorry it took so long for me to reply back. My "theory" appears to have been correct. The "persistent hard-drive activity" appears to be caused by Symantec GoBack, because once I uninstalled it, the hard drive activity subsided.
     
  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    OK good. Thanks again.
     
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