Anti virus programs are doing strange things to hard drive --ETA

By koipoi1057 ·
I have tried zone alarm, MCAfee PC Protection Plus and now a trial version of Trend Micro. Any time I do anything in any window, my hard drive revs up and then just seems to hang for a bit. Even as I write this the hard drive is making revving noises. This never happened before. It is very annoying that it really slows the whole computer down.
I've done virus scans and spyware stuff and nothing comes up.

Any suggestions??? TIA.

Edited to add: I disabled Trend and ran smart and other diagnostic tests on hard drive. It passes. The problem started last month when I changed Mcafee so I assumed it was the av program causing problem. Now that doesn't seem to be the case.

Any ideas pls? I don't have a clue what to do next. I will run a complete F12 but I did that recently and everything passed. But I'll do again. Thank you!!

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Very odd

by Tig2 In reply to Anti virus programs are d ...

Try running CrapCleaner ( recursively on the drive. Get a hold of AVG Free ( and uninstall Trend. Run CrapCleaner again. Reboot. Install AVG.

Let me know if this is helpful!

Good luck!

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No change

by koipoi1057 In reply to Very odd

I did as you suggested and no change. I even uninstalled my bluetooth VoIP. I just don't get it.

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Need more specifics...

by erichems In reply to Anti virus programs are d ...

What OS are you running? On what brand/model computer? Etc...

Assuming you're running Win2K or higher, try installing the free home version of Avast!

After installation, it will ask you if you want to schedule a boot time scan. Reply YES, the computer will reboot, let the scan run. After scanning and cleaning up anything it finds, update the program & virus definitions (right click on the small blue ball with the lower case 'a' in it>Updating>Program Update) and run another boot time scan. This program is very good at finding stuff before everything else is loaded and the OS is running.

Another thing you can try is calling up the task manager while this is happening and see which process(es) are using the most CPU cycles. This might help you target the problem.

Good luck and let us know how it goes in any case.

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