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Constant Registry access in XP?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Steve Evans, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Steve Evans

    Steve Evans Flightless Bird

    Hi all,
    Despite keeping a lean, mean and clean XP install, the HDD light on my
    PC briefly flashes once per second, all of the time.
    Being slightly bothered by this activity, I ran process monitor and
    traced it down to the registry access shown in the screenshot below.
    Process monitor doesn't show any hard drive access that coincides with
    the light flashing, so my questions are:
    Why is the light flashing for non HDD activity?
    What do those registry values do and can I stop the constant access?

    TIA


    -
    steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    -
     
  2. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    Windows have the tendency to keep indexing your files on the HDD so this
    could be the cause. Also, if your disk is very old then it too will show
    such symptoms due to wear and tear of your HDD. Microsoft monthly patches
    are the biggest cause of such things because your old files are replaced
    with the new ones because Steve Ballmer of Microsoft thinks these files with
    new dates will keep your system secure!. This is balderdash and one should
    switch off Automatic Updates immediately because these patches are the cause
    of serious problems to people's computers.

    hth

    "Steve Evans" <look@my.sig> wrote in message
    news:ejdqp5pmd890qpr149an95btq03nf5jtmr@4ax.com...
    > Hi all,
    > Despite keeping a lean, mean and clean XP install, the HDD light on my
    > PC briefly flashes once per second, all of the time.
    > Being slightly bothered by this activity, I ran process monitor and
    > traced it down to the registry access shown in the screenshot below.
    > Process monitor doesn't show any hard drive access that coincides with
    > the light flashing, so my questions are:
    > Why is the light flashing for non HDD activity?
    > What do those registry values do and can I stop the constant access?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    >
    > -
    > steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    > -
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 14, 3:34 pm, Steve Evans <l...@my.sig> wrote:
    > Hi all,
    > Despite keeping a lean, mean and clean XP install, the HDD light on my
    > PC briefly flashes once per second, all of the time.
    > Being slightly bothered by this activity, I ran process monitor and
    > traced it down to the registry access shown in the screenshot below.
    > Process monitor doesn't show any hard drive access that coincides with
    > the light flashing, so my questions are:
    > Why is the light flashing for non HDD activity?
    > What do those registry values do and can I stop the constant access?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    > -
    > steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    > -


    We don't know anything about your system, perhaps you have some
    malicious software and we can't see your screenshot. Without more
    information you can only get guesses as a response.

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste back here.

    There would be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name) or whatever appears to be only your business that you can delete
    from the paste.

    If you want use to see your screenshot here, you need to do something
    like this:

    To create and email/post/print a screenshot:

    Press the Print Scrn button to copy your entire screen to the Windows
    clipboard.

    Press Alt Print Scrn to copy just the active window to the Windows
    clipboard.

    Open MS Paint:

    Start, Program Accessories, Paint

    When Paint opens, press CTRL-V to paste the clipboard, save the new
    Paint file to your desktop or someplace you can remember. JPG files
    take up less hard disk space than BMP files and just as readable.

    Make as many screenshots as you need. Practice makes perfect. Be
    careful your screenshot does not contain any personal information.
    Practice viewing your images before you upload them to be sure they
    are okay.

    Some sites will let you attach a file directly to your post. If the
    site has some kind of attachment/upload function it is usually easiest
    just to use it.

    If there is no such function in your message board to upload files,
    then use a free third party image hosting WWW site.

    Create a free account on some free picture hosting web site. You can
    always remove your account later if you want. Here are some free
    image hosting sites:

    http://www.imageshack.us/
    http://photobucket.com/

    Using your free account, upload your screenshot(s) (the JPG or BMP
    files) to the site and it will return to you a URL web address (a
    Direct Link) for your new image(s) which you can paste the Direct Link
    in a message post, email, etc.

    When you are done, what you post for others to use should look
    something like this:

    http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/9074/processexplorer.jpg
     
  4. Steve Evans

    Steve Evans Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 14:42:21 -0700 (PDT), Jose <jose_ease@yahoo.com>
    wrote:

    >On Mar 14, 3:34 pm, Steve Evans <l...@my.sig> wrote:
    >> Hi all,
    >> Despite keeping a lean, mean and clean XP install, the HDD light on my
    >> PC briefly flashes once per second, all of the time.
    >> Being slightly bothered by this activity, I ran process monitor and
    >> traced it down to the registry access shown in the screenshot below.
    >> Process monitor doesn't show any hard drive access that coincides with
    >> the light flashing, so my questions are:
    >> Why is the light flashing for non HDD activity?
    >> What do those registry values do and can I stop the constant access?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >> -
    >> steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    >> -

    >
    >We don't know anything about your system, perhaps you have some
    >malicious software and we can't see your screenshot.


    My apologies - I forgot to paste the screenshot!
    http://www.steveevans.org/photos/registry.jpg

    As for malware, I ran MBAM, SAS and Spybot, all of which indicated a
    malware free system.


    -
    steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    -
     
  5. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Go into Services and stop the Indexing Service and see if that is the cause. Post
    back with result

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Steve Evans" <look@my.sig> wrote in message
    news:ejdqp5pmd890qpr149an95btq03nf5jtmr@4ax.com...
    > Hi all,
    > Despite keeping a lean, mean and clean XP install, the HDD light on my
    > PC briefly flashes once per second, all of the time.
    > Being slightly bothered by this activity, I ran process monitor and
    > traced it down to the registry access shown in the screenshot below.
    > Process monitor doesn't show any hard drive access that coincides with
    > the light flashing, so my questions are:
    > Why is the light flashing for non HDD activity?
    > What do those registry values do and can I stop the constant access?
    >
    > TIA
    >
    >
    > -
    > steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    > -
     
  6. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    LD55ZRA wrote:
    > Windows have the tendency to keep indexing your files on the HDD so
    > this could be the cause. Also, if your disk is very old then it too
    > will show such symptoms due to wear and tear of your HDD. Microsoft
    > monthly patches are the biggest cause of such things because your old
    > files are replaced with the new ones because Steve Ballmer of
    > Microsoft thinks these files with new dates will keep your system
    > secure!. This is balderdash and one should switch off Automatic
    > Updates immediately because these patches are the cause of serious
    > problems to people's computers.


    Steve Balmer is the CEO of one of the largest companies in America. That
    company has more CASH in the mattress than the total public debt of
    California.

    If you post your bona-fides, we can make an intelligent judgment as to whose
    advice to follow.
     
  7. Steve Evans

    Steve Evans Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:35:01 -0400, "Peter Foldes" <okf22@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    >Go into Services and stop the Indexing Service and see if that is the cause. Post
    >back with result


    Indexing service was set to manual a long time ago and isn't running
    at the moment, so it isn't that.

    Here's the services that are running after a reboot.
    http://www.steveevans.org/photos/services.jpg


    -
    steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    -
     
  8. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    HeyBub wrote:

    >LD55ZRA wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Windows have the tendency to keep indexing your files on the HDD so
    >>this could be the cause. Also, if your disk is very old then it too
    >>will show such symptoms due to wear and tear of your HDD. Microsoft
    >>monthly patches are the biggest cause of such things because your old
    >>files are replaced with the new ones because Steve Ballmer of
    >>Microsoft thinks these files with new dates will keep your system
    >>secure!. This is balderdash and one should switch off Automatic
    >>Updates immediately because these patches are the cause of serious
    >>problems to people's computers.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >Steve Balmer is the CEO of one of the largest companies in America. That
    >company has more CASH in the mattress than the total public debt of
    >California.
    >
    >
    >

    Are you sure about it? How did that company make all that money? Or
    what exactly is your point here? Are you suggesting that piracy on a
    grand scale does pay if this article is anything to go by:

    <http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/176223.asp>

    Please clarify!!! Or just forget it if you have no solution to OP's query.

    hth
     
  9. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    HeyBub wrote:

    >LD55ZRA wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Windows have the tendency to keep indexing your files on the HDD so
    >>this could be the cause. Also, if your disk is very old then it too
    >>will show such symptoms due to wear and tear of your HDD. Microsoft
    >>monthly patches are the biggest cause of such things because your old
    >>files are replaced with the new ones because Steve Ballmer of
    >>Microsoft thinks these files with new dates will keep your system
    >>secure!. This is balderdash and one should switch off Automatic
    >>Updates immediately because these patches are the cause of serious
    >>problems to people's computers.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >Steve Balmer is the CEO of one of the largest companies in America. That
    >company has more CASH in the mattress than the total public debt of
    >California.
    >
    >
    >

    Are you sure about it? How did that company make all that money? Or
    what exactly is your point here? Are you suggesting that piracy on a
    grand scale does pay if this article is anything to go by:

    <http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/176223.asp>

    Please clarify!!! Or just forget it if you have no solution to OP's query.

    hth
     
  10. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Set it to Stop not Manual

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Steve Evans" <look@my.sig> wrote in message
    news:fs5rp5htcb6mhfn9vtibrirp4egp45tgd7@4ax.com...
    > On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:35:01 -0400, "Peter Foldes" <okf22@hotmail.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Go into Services and stop the Indexing Service and see if that is the cause. Post
    >>back with result

    >
    > Indexing service was set to manual a long time ago and isn't running
    > at the moment, so it isn't that.
    >
    > Here's the services that are running after a reboot.
    > http://www.steveevans.org/photos/services.jpg
    >
    >
    > -
    > steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    > -
     
  11. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    What a useless and idiotic response....or are you trying to make sure
    the poster does not have updates installed so he can more easily become
    infected? Unpatched systems are the easiest target.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    A+
    http://dts-l.net/

    "LD55ZRA" <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:hnjfmp$6f4$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >
    > Windows have the tendency to keep indexing your files on the HDD so
    > this could be the cause. Also, if your disk is very old then it too
    > will show such symptoms due to wear and tear of your HDD. Microsoft
    > monthly patches are the biggest cause of such things because your old
    > files are replaced with the new ones because Steve Ballmer of
    > Microsoft thinks these files with new dates will keep your system
    > secure!. This is balderdash and one should switch off Automatic
    > Updates immediately because these patches are the cause of serious
    > problems to people's computers.
    >
    > hth
    >
    > "Steve Evans" <look@my.sig> wrote in message
    > news:ejdqp5pmd890qpr149an95btq03nf5jtmr@4ax.com...
    >> Hi all,
    >> Despite keeping a lean, mean and clean XP install, the HDD light on
    >> my
    >> PC briefly flashes once per second, all of the time.
    >> Being slightly bothered by this activity, I ran process monitor and
    >> traced it down to the registry access shown in the screenshot below.
    >> Process monitor doesn't show any hard drive access that coincides
    >> with
    >> the light flashing, so my questions are:
    >> Why is the light flashing for non HDD activity?
    >> What do those registry values do and can I stop the constant access?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >>
    >>
    >> -
    >> steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    >> -

    >
    >
     
  12. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    glee wrote:

    >
    > What a useless and idiotic response....or are you trying to make sure
    > the poster does not have updates installed so he can more easily
    > become infected? Unpatched systems are the easiest target.


    Show me the evidence? I can show you ample evidence to suggest that
    patches are crippling people's systems! this evidence is there for
    everybody to see on Microsoft newsgroups!

    hth
     
  13. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 15 Mar 2010 03:00:28 +0000, LD55ZRA <LD55ZRA@MAIL.COM> wrote:

    > glee wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > What a useless and idiotic response....or are you trying to make sure
    > > the poster does not have updates installed so he can more easily
    > > become infected? Unpatched systems are the easiest target.

    >
    > Show me the evidence? I can show you ample evidence to suggest that
    > patches are crippling people's systems! this evidence is there for
    > everybody to see on Microsoft newsgroups!



    The mark of a troll--continually changing the name and e-mail you post
    under to escape people's kill files.

    But no big deal. I can killfile you again even more quickly than you
    can change how you post.


    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  14. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    "Ken Blake, MVP" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
    news:nuarp5t5bnr2auu324cubqt78grbta72js@4ax.com...

    > But no big deal. I can killfile you again even more quickly than you
    > can change how you post.


    Ah but you failed the test this time! The proof is there for everybody to
    see. I am trying my level best to stop my messages reaching you but for
    some reasons you get them before I can stop them. You are a cleaver little
    pig it seems.

    hth
     
  15. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    "LD55ZRA" <LD55ZRA@MAIL.COM> wrote in message
    news:hnk7se$egi$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > glee wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> What a useless and idiotic response....or are you trying to make sure
    >> the poster does not have updates installed so he can more easily
    >> become infected? Unpatched systems are the easiest target.

    >
    > Show me the evidence? I can show you ample evidence to suggest that
    > patches are crippling people's systems! this evidence is there for
    > everybody to see on Microsoft newsgroups!


    No, you can't.
    So long!
     
  16. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    "glee" <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:-OwQ7pr$wKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

    > No, you can't.
    > So long!


    Did I ask you anything?
     
  17. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    "glee" <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:-OwQ7pr$wKHA.2436@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

    > No, you can't.
    > So long!


    Did I ask you anything?
     
  18. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:hnjfmp$6f4$1@speranza.aioe.org,
    LD55ZRA <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:
    > Windows have the tendency to keep indexing your files on
    > the HDD so this could be the cause. Also, if your disk is
    > very old then it too will show such symptoms due to wear
    > and tear of your HDD. Microsoft monthly patches are the
    > biggest cause of such things because your old files are
    > replaced with the new ones because Steve Ballmer of
    > Microsoft thinks these files with new dates will keep your
    > system secure!. This is balderdash and one should switch
    > off Automatic Updates immediately because these patches are
    > the cause of serious problems to people's computers.


    YOU are the cause of problems with people's computers. I don't recall ever
    having a problem attributable to an update although I'm sure a few have been
    thought to have happened. Your myopic view is hurting you.

    >
    > hth
    >
    > "Steve Evans" <look@my.sig> wrote in message
    > news:ejdqp5pmd890qpr149an95btq03nf5jtmr@4ax.com...
    >> Hi all,
    >> Despite keeping a lean, mean and clean XP install, the HDD
    >> light on my PC briefly flashes once per second, all of the
    >> time. Being slightly bothered by this activity, I ran process
    >> monitor and traced it down to the registry access shown in
    >> the screenshot below. Process monitor doesn't show any
    >> hard drive access that coincides with the light flashing,
    >> so my questions are: Why is the light flashing for non HDD activity?
    >> What do those registry values do and can I stop the
    >> constant access? TIA
    >>
    >>
    >> -
    >> steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    >> -




    --
    --
    Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered
    through personal experience does not become a
    part of the moral tissue.
     
  19. Steve Evans

    Steve Evans Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 22:34:17 -0400, "Peter Foldes" <okf22@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    >Set it to Stop not Manual
    >
    >--
    >Peter
    >
    >Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    >Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    >
    >"Steve Evans" <look@my.sig> wrote in message
    >news:fs5rp5htcb6mhfn9vtibrirp4egp45tgd7@4ax.com...
    >> On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:35:01 -0400, "Peter Foldes" <okf22@hotmail.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>Go into Services and stop the Indexing Service and see if that is the cause. Post
    >>>back with result

    >>
    >> Indexing service was set to manual a long time ago and isn't running
    >> at the moment, so it isn't that.
    >>
    >> Here's the services that are running after a reboot.
    >> http://www.steveevans.org/photos/services.jpg



    Stopped and disabled. The HD light flashing continues......


    -
    steve <AT> steveevans <DOT> org
    -
     
  20. On 3/15/2010 3:21 PM, Steve Evans wrote:
    >>>> Go into Services and stop the Indexing Service and see if that is the cause. Post
    >>>> back with result
    >>>
    >>> Indexing service was set to manual a long time ago and isn't running
    >>> at the moment, so it isn't that.
    >>>
    >>> Here's the services that are running after a reboot.
    >>> http://www.steveevans.org/photos/services.jpg

    >
    >
    > Stopped and disabled. The HD light flashing continues......
    >
    >
    > -
    > steve<AT> steveevans<DOT> org
    > -


    So what does the processes tab in the task manager show?
    You should install Spybot S&D and enable teatimer, it will ask you for
    permission for all registry changes before they are made and then you
    will know what is accessing the registry.
     

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