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    Default Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    The laptop is a decent spec: 2gb DDR2 RAM, Core 2 Duo T5500. It isn't hitting the CPU or RAM hard, but it is quite slow & the hard drive is going flat out for 10 minutes after it has booted.

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    Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
    Scan saved at 4:43:38 p.m., on 2/11/2007
    Platform: Windows Vista  (WinNT 6.00.1904)
    MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16546)
    Boot mode: Normal
    
    Running processes:
    C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
    C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
    C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
    C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeInSystray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
    C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
    C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\TosBtMng.exe
    C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\WTablet\TabUserW.exe
    C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\TosA2dp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\TosBtHid.exe
    C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\TosBtHsp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\TosAVRC.exe
    C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\tosOBEX.exe
    C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
    C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\TosBtProc.exe
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\InputPersonalization.exe
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
    E:\PortableApps\PortableAppsMenu\PortableAppsMenu.exe
    C:\Windows\System32\mobsync.exe
    E:\PortableApps\hijackthis\HijackThis.exe
    
    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.stuff.co.nz/
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = 
    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = 
    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName = 
    R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O1 - Hosts: ::1 localhost
    O2 - BHO: &Yahoo! Toolbar Helper - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
    O2 - BHO: Skype add-on (mastermind) - {22BF413B-C6D2-4d91-82A9-A0F997BA588C} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {724d43a9-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\roboform.dll
    O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar1.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll
    O3 - Toolbar: &RoboForm - {724d43a0-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\roboform.dll
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] %ProgramFiles%\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe -hide
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nod32kui] "C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe" /WAITSERVICE
    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LogMeIn GUI] "C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeInSystray.exe"
    O4 - HKLM\..\RunServices: [CAISafe] C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\ISafe.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Sidebar] C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ehTray.exe] C:\Windows\ehome\ehTray.exe
    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
    O4 - Global Startup: Bluetooth Manager.lnk = ?
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Customize Menu - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComCustomizeIEMenu.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: E&xport to Microsoft Excel - res://C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\EXCEL.EXE/3000
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Fill Forms - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: RoboForm Toolbar - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
    O8 - Extra context menu item: Save Forms - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
    O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Sun Java Console - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\ssv.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Send to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: S&end to OneNote - {2670000A-7350-4f3c-8081-5663EE0C6C49} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\ONBttnIE.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Fill Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F46} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComFillForms.html
    O9 - Extra button: Save - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Save Forms - {320AF880-6646-11D3-ABEE-C5DBF3571F49} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComSavePass.html
    O9 - Extra button: RoboForm - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: RoboForm Toolbar - {724d43aa-0d85-11d4-9908-00400523e39a} - file://C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\RoboFormComShowToolbar.html
    O9 - Extra button: Skype - {77BF5300-1474-4EC7-9980-D32B190E9B07} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
    O9 - Extra button: Research - {92780B25-18CC-41C8-B9BE-3C9C571A8263} - C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\REFIEBAR.DLL
    O13 - Gopher Prefix: 
    O16 - DPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} (Installation Support) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\Yinsthelper.dll
    O16 - DPF: {FD0B6769-6490-4A91-AA0A-B5AE0DC75AC9} (Performance Viewer Activex Control) - https://secure.logmein.com/activex/ractrl.cab?lmi=100
    O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
    O23 - Service: ASLDR Service (ASLDRService) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\ATK Hotkey\ASLDRSrv.exe
    O23 - Service: Ati External Event Utility - ATI Technologies Inc. - C:\Windows\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
    O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
    O23 - Service: LogMeIn Maintenance Service (LMIMaint) - LogMeIn, Inc. - C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\RaMaint.exe
    O23 - Service: LogMeIn - LogMeIn, Inc. - C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeIn.exe
    O23 - Service: NOD32 Kernel Service (NOD32krn) - Eset  - C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32krn.exe
    O23 - Service: TabletService - Wacom Technology, Corp. - C:\Windows\system32\Tablet.exe
    O23 - Service: TOSHIBA Bluetooth Service - TOSHIBA CORPORATION - C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Bluetooth Toshiba Stack\TosBtSrv.exe
    
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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Welcome to the world of Vista.

    That log looks OK to me, although I didn't really study it thoroughly.

    With 2 gig of RAM, it should be better than that though.
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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Is this a recent install, or new laptop? Vista machines will take a couple of days to settle down while the hard drive is indexed. Go to Control Panel - Classic View - Indexing Options, and see what the status is. Once the indexing is done, it'll be much faster, and you'll have real-time instant search.
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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Quote Originally Posted by somebody View Post
    Is this a recent install, or new laptop? Vista machines will take a couple of days to settle down while the hard drive is indexed. Go to Control Panel - Classic View - Indexing Options, and see what the status is. Once the indexing is done, it'll be much faster, and you'll have real-time instant search.
    You promise?

    I notice little or no real difference, and considering how often I need to search the overhead is NOT WORTH IT.
    Indexing of email in outlook actually slows down outlook... and can cause it to crash/hang... so turned that off too.
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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Get rid of Nod32 or Ez armour, if theyre both AV programs. you dont need both.

    And defender.

    And tick these entries then tick fix checked

    O4 - Global Startup: Bluetooth Manager.lnk = ?

    O13 - Gopher Prefix:

    Close browser/s.

    You dont need this unless youre sharing music

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [WMPNSCFG] C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe

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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Defender ain't AV, it's anti-spyware...

    Doesn't Vista have some kind of automatic defragmentation? maybe that's running
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    I didnt say defender was an AV program, its crap anyway.

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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Quote Originally Posted by zcc View Post
    You promise?

    I notice little or no real difference, and considering how often I need to search the overhead is NOT WORTH IT.
    Indexing of email in outlook actually slows down outlook... and can cause it to crash/hang... so turned that off too.
    I can only tell you based on my experience - I've been running Vista + Outlook 2007 since late January. I do use search a lot (particularly searching emails), so to me it's worth it.

    In terms of hard disk activity, yes, it definitely settles down after a few days depending on how much data you have.
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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Hmm, thats weird cos I never had any HDD activity really after I bought it but then again, I had nothing to index. Take it back to the shop if you're really concerned...
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    Default Re: Vista laptop lots of hard drive activity

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    I didnt say defender was an AV program, its crap anyway.
    It's not great for detecting stuff but the version I'm running on my XP is pretty good at monitoring registry changes etc
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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