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I have Windows XP with SP2. I've had the problem of data mysteriously being occupied happening to me, but my previous thread on it in the software section got nixed for me mentioning that I think it has to do with P2P preview files. On my old computer, there was a folder I made a shortcut to which would store these files and I could sometimes free up a significant amount of data. What I knew for sure is that they were being made and stored somewhere. Now I can't find them even though I've made the shortcut to the same folder, Content.IE5. I use Firefox if that's supposed to offset anything.
The thing is, as I download more, I know what HD memory I have in contrast to what I can use, and it's "off."

I have a 40 GB drive, and the folder I have all my personal downloads and stuff in is taking up 21.7 GB while the rest of the stuff on the drive is allegedly taking only 6.17 GB. I still only have 4.80 GB left. 27.87 from 34.2 is... 6.33 GB. Wait a minute. System restore takes up... Okay, okay, that's solved. Unless the system and stuff isn't supposed to be taking up 6.17 GB.

I've done a virus scan, which found and quarantined Byte.Verify.com stuff on my drive. I'm not sure if that's eating up memory though. There are supposedly these "tattle tale signs" of Byte.Verify (like porn links in your favorites in IE; I checked IE and found nothing) which I haven't experienced.

Now, my media players (Winamp and Windows Media Player) are acting up. They play the videos just fine, sort of; when I try to fast foward by clicking on a different point on the track line, the video starts going but audio would take a pause on some files. On Winamp it was the opposite. There is other stuff too, but that might just be me being impatient, so I'll leave it at the media players.

Please help.
 
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