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    Hello Everyone!
    I am using W 7 + SP1. I have AVG Free, Spybot and Malwarebytes. I run a security scan once a week on different days with one of these different programmes.
    I have 862 GB of free space on my HD.
    I downloaded a file of 118 MB which downloaded into my "Download" file.
    When I try to open this downloaded file I am told that I do not have sufficient space and my request can not be complied with.

    I would like to know to what location I should download a file to in order to be able to open it. There is obviously enough space on my Hard Drive, and so advice is required on how and where to direct that file to download so it can be opened!

    Thanks in advance for any input on this "strange" computer behaviour!

    Regards,

    Colinito

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    Hi colinito,

    Welcome to Help2Go!

    How often do you clear out your system of unnecessary files? You may just need some basic "housecleaning".


    See if this helps:

    Download TFC by Old Timer from here (direct download): TFC by Oldtimer
    • First, save any files as TFC will close ALL open programs including your browser!
    • Double-click on TFC.exe to run it. If you are using Vista/Windows 7 right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator.
    • Click the Start button to begin the cleaning process and let it run uninterrupted to completion.
    • Important! If TFC prompts you to reboot, please do so immediately. If not prompted, manually reboot the machine anyway to ensure a complete clean.

    More info:
    TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OS's). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB).

    Before running, it will stop Explorer and all other running applications. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files.
    -- TFC only cleans temp folders.
    -- TFC will not clean URL history, prefetch, or cookies. Depending on how often someone cleans their temp folders, their system hardware, and how many accounts are present, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more. TFC will completely clear all temp files where other temp file cleaners may fail.

    TFC requires a reboot immediately after running. Be sure to save any unsaved work before running TFC.

    After the above do the following:

    Disk Cleanup This will reduce the number of unnecessary files on your hard disk to free up disk space and help your computer run faster.

    Then use the Windows Defrag. Though Windows Defrag is pretty good I prefer the following to reasons mentioned. Choice is yours.

    Auslogics Disk Defrag

    • It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
      It will actually show you what it is doing
      At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
      You can view an online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

    Please do not run any other Auslogics programs other then this one as they may cause unwanted results.

    Depending on what type of file is downloaded is where you'd like for it to be downloaded to; such as text files to documents, setup files to desktop, etc. then delete as needed. Also, clear out the files in your download folder.

    Let us know if this helps. Others may have ideas as well.

    Donna
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    Edit,

    Forgot to mention that the file you downloaded could have also been corrupted during the download process especially if a slow Internet connection may have been present during that time. I would Consider downloading one more time just to see if that helps you.
    If you think you might be infected with malware or have recently cleansed your computer of malware without the help of an expert, please read and follow the instructions in How to Start Removing Viruses and Spyware from your Computer. This can alleviate time consumed in trouble shooting your current computer problems.

    If your problem is solved, here's how to say thanks!

    Very proud parent of a U.S. Navy "CB"



    "People may forget what you say,
    People may forget what you did,
    but People will never forget how you made them feel!"

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    Hello DonnaB

    Many thanks for all the information. I have noted the details and will save them.
    I regularly - (once a month) - check on temp files and defrag.
    I am sure that there are no malware in the computer - or I should have been notified either on their coming into the computer or at the regular scanning.
    Some years ago I had a problem with a virus and had to go for assistance.I used Hijackthis and they were most helpful I was informed that should I ever become infected again and not be able to remove the infection, that I should return for their assistance. I did many things, under their direction with special scans and was finally cleared up. Since then I have ceased to use XP, as it is no longer updated, and bought W7 that now has SP1. Unfortunately, many of my previous programmes are not compatible with W7, and I have 'lost' them.

    If I have any further difficulties, I shall return and seek your assistance once again!

    Thank you.

    I am not 'au fait' with the details of the US Navy's branches, but I believe that CB is the Construction Battalion. During my service as a Royal Navy Commando, I did not come into contact with any of the CB members. But be proud, they are part of the big picture and are necessary to complete the tasks.

    Regards

    Colinito

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    Hi colinito,

    Since then I have ceased to use XP, as it is no longer updated,
    Support for WinXP SP2 ended on 13 July 2010. Extended Support for WinXP SP3 runs through April 2014.

    Your issue may be due to the allocated space for Virtual Memory. If I'm not mistaken it was possible to maximize size for Virtual Memory in XP. Not sure, so please don't quote me on that. Stay tuned if you'd like. One of the other members who are more experienced with allocating space may have something to offer you.

    Yes Sir, CB is the Construction Battalion. I am very proud of him. Presently he is in the Reserves training for active duty when needed. You, too, should be commended for your service in the RNC aka Beach Commando's if I remember my Father's words correctly. He, too, was in the U.S. Navy, though serving just after WWII.

    If I have any further difficulties, I shall return and seek your assistance once again!
    Please do! And it was a pleasure to help with what little I could.

    Donna
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    If your problem is solved, here's how to say thanks!

    Very proud parent of a U.S. Navy "CB"



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    DonnaB,

    Many thanks.

    I am not knowledgeable enough with matters of computers. However, after my last reply, I suddenly found that both my anti virus programmes were "off." I tried all ways to re-activate them but was unable to do so. At this time I decided to start w°th AVG and uninstall it and then reinstall it. I uninstalled it and was unable to reinstall it - getting various messages from "You don't have the authority to do this" to "insufficient space."

    Then I kept having my Firefox become 'unresponsive' each time I tried to go to a web page. I decided to restore the system to a previous date. THis I did. I was then able to reinstall AVG. I immediately did a scan. There were only a great deal of cookies - 69 - to be exact. But everything was fine. The AVG was 'miraculously' automatically reinstalled. The other - Malwarebytes - was operationalŮ and I could reach any web page that I wanted to.

    The file that I was unable to open, and which started all this ofdf, was now able to be opened.

    Basically, my problem no longer exists.

    My thanks for all your advice.

    Regarding my service. The term 'Beach Commando' is not familiar! In 1942, the Royal Navy's nine Royal Marines infantry battalions were reorganized as Commandos, numbered from 40 to 48, joining the British Army Commandos in combined Commando Brigades. After the war the Army Commandos were disbanded. The Royal Marines form an enduring Brigade-strength capability as 3 Commando Brigade. 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines is under the command of the Royal Navy's Commander-in-Chief Fleet. All Royal Marines (other than the Royal Marines Band Service) are commando trained on entry to the Corps, with supporting units and individuals from the other services undertaking the All Arms Commando Course as required*. The Brigade is made up of 30 (IX) Commando , 40 Commando (home base: Taunton), 42 Commando (Bickleigh, South Hams, Plymouth) and 45 Commando (Arbroath, Scotland), the Commando Logistic Regiment, 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, 24 Commando Regiment Royal Engineers and 1st battalion, The Rifles. The Royal Marines are the largest force of its type in Europe and the second largest in NATO. The Royal Navy's Special Boat Service (SBS) is the lesser-known sister unit of the British Army's Special Air Service (SAS) regiment. Based in Poole, Dorset, the SBS is a special forces unit which specialises in special operations at sea, along coastlines and on river networks. The SBS also have a team on standby for maritime counter-terrorism (MCT) operations. Whilst the unit specialises in water-borne activities, they are also highly skilled on dry land. Recent operations have taken place in the mountains of land-locked Afghanistan and deep in the deserts of Iraq. Previously known as the Special Boat Squadron and exclusively drawn from The Royal Marines, the SBS is now open to members of other regiments and services from throughout the UK military. *The Royal Marines do not have medical staff and we doctors and medical staff of the Royal Navy have to pass a Commando Course – earning the right to wear the Green Beret – in order to serve with them.
    Sorry about the ‘history lesson’ – thought that you might be interested!

    So, I am going to mark this thread as solved, and resewrve the "right" to return should my computer take another dive!

    Kind regards,

    Colinito.

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    Hi colinito,

    Basically, my problem no longer exists.
    That is wonderful to hear! Something had caused this. Not sure what without investigating further, though since everything seems to working ok after the System Restore, I would leave well enough alone and I would create a new Restore Point if you feel that your system is in working order. To do so just follow the instructions in the link provided below.

    Create a System Restore Point in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

    You can also achieve this with Disk Cleanup as mentioned in first post.

    I suddenly found that both my anti virus programmes were "off."
    I assuming you mean AVG and Malwarebytes (MBAM) which work well together due to MBAM being an on demand scanner. The Pro version of MBAM works well alongside many of the AV's as well. Otherwise it is not advised to have 2 AV programs running alongside each other that scan in "realtime". This can cause issues such as:

    • False Alarms: When the anti virus software tells you that your PC has a virus when it actually doesn't.
    • Conflicts: Your system may lock up due to both products attempting to access the same file at the same time.
    • Performance: More that one antivirus will cause your PC to become slow and it may even crash or blue screen.
    • Less protection: Two antivirus trying to scan the same file may interfere with the process and allow a malicious file onto the computer without notice to you.


    So, I am going to mark this thread as solved, and resewrve the "right" to return should my computer take another dive!
    Acknowledged! We look forward to your future visits when needed.

    Thank you for the History lesson. Very interesting.

    Have a nice day!

    Cheers!

    Donna
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    Thank you Donna B,

    As you say, something MUST have caused this to happen - I am at a loss as to what it could have been. Every download, is downloaded either onto my desktop, or in the case of things like AVG, into the Download folder in C/Users/User/Downloads. When they reach their respective locations, and before they are opened, I always run a virus scan with the right-click choice with AVG. All the downloads were found to be clear.

    I have saved your details to a file for future reference!


    As you say, as everything seems to be OK, leave well enough alone - or as I would put it, if it is not broken, don't fix it!

    Yes, I was referring to AVG and MBAM. I have AVG running in the background with it's Resident Shield. As I have to demand MBAM to run I don't think there is any conflict between it and AVG.

    Reading your note at the foot of your messages, I have heard of a Computer Science Degree, but never one in malware removal - I thought it was a ploy to prevent having to receive questions about malware !

    Thank you for all your advice, and your pleasant manner.

    If I ever have to return, maybe we shall 'meet' again.

    Kind regards

    Colinito.

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    You are very welcome colinito, my pleasure to help you.

    I have heard of a Computer Science Degree, but never one in malware removal - I thought it was a ploy to prevent having to receive questions about malware
    Yes Sir! There are several online communities that teach the removal of malware. Malware is so advanced these days that even the best protection is not sufficient to protect you from infection. Only safe computing habits can prevent infection and depending on what types of files you are downloading and depending on where you have downloaded them from, you too can become infected and AVG nor MBAM can prevent it nor detect it.

    If you have any more problems in the future, I would suggest having your computer checked to be sure there are no rootkits, etc. installed from the files that you have downloaded. Our experts have special programs designed by experts all over the world that create special logs that are not advised to be used by the "general public" without expert guidance from those who are trained to use them.

    The comment is not a ploy but and acknowledgement to inform those that I am helping that while in training for the removal of malware I do not qualify to guide you with the removal of....yet!

    I do hope that we shall meet again. Till then.

    Have a great day! (I believe it is evening where you are.)
    If you think you might be infected with malware or have recently cleansed your computer of malware without the help of an expert, please read and follow the instructions in How to Start Removing Viruses and Spyware from your Computer. This can alleviate time consumed in trouble shooting your current computer problems.

    If your problem is solved, here's how to say thanks!

    Very proud parent of a U.S. Navy "CB"



    "People may forget what you say,
    People may forget what you did,
    but People will never forget how you made them feel!"