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Sometimes I leave my computer on all night, and just now (and many times before) as I'm trying to get to sleep I noticed my hard drive is making those annoying noises. I turn on my display and I see that my anti-virus isn't running at all.

I quickly go to task manager, and svchost is using about 10-15% of my CPU. The weird thing is, as soon as I started checking up task manger my hard drive stopped making the weird noises... all is silent again

W T F ?

You guys think someone is hacking into my PC to use it for something? Time to stop downloading porno torrents?
Edited by Raizy - 6/18/08 at 4:27am
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When it happens, look in the process tab (ctrl alt delete) for a process that's using unusally high ressources and try to shut it down. If you hear the hard drive stops being accessed, then you've found the problem's source
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Originally Posted by Raizy View Post
Sometimes I leave my computer on all night, and just now (and many times before) as I'm trying to get to sleep I noticed my hard drive is making those annoying noises. I turn on my display and I see that my anti-virus isn't running at all.

I quickly go to task manager, and svchost is using about 10-15% of my CPU. The weird thing is, as soon as I started checking up task manger my hard drive stopped making the weird noises... all is silent again

W T F ?

You guys think someone is hacking into my PC to use it for something? Time to stop downloading porno torrents?
Have you run any virus or spyware scans lately? If not it may be a good idea.
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It's probably Vista indexing the drives. You can turn indexing off by right clicking the drive and it's right in front of you in a tick box
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yeah it sounds like windows indexing service, which is worthless unless you use the search feature A LOT...

http://lifehacker.com/software/optim...-xp-031440.php
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When a PC is Idle windows will start to become very active on background tasks such as Indexing and Defragging if its scheduled.

This is no way a sign of some guy hacking you lol.
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Yep, indexing was checked so I turned it off now.
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