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#1 Mickeyjoe

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 10:16 AM

Hi, I was defragging my hard disk yesterday and I noticed a very large file that I didn't immediately recognize in my windows folder - fidbox.dat. It was located in C:\WINDOWSSystem32\drivers and nearly 500mb in size. I searched on Google and the only relevant info I can find is that it's used by Kaspersky Antivirus. But I don't have Kaspersky installed and never did. The file seems to be updating itself regularly and is now 504mb. Should I be worried? The security software I am running: AVG Free Edition 7.5.503, AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5.1.43 free, AVG Anti-Rootkit free 1.1.0.42 Spybot Search & Destroy 1.5.1.15 Ad-aware 2007 Free Edition 7.0.2.5 Windows Defender 1.1.1592.0 Spyware Blaster 3.5.1 Thanks in advance for your help. :thumbup: Edit: Forgot to mention ZoneAlarm version:7.0.408.000

Edited by Mickeyjoe, 02 December 2007 - 10:44 AM.

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#2 Jacee

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 02:41 PM

Did you, at one time, download and scan with Kaspersky Antivirus? The file is related to KAV iswift technology.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:31 PM

Thanks for the response. I defnintely did not install the stand alone KAV, or any Kaspersky products for that matter. I don't remember using their on-line scanner either. The file was first created on 22 September and was last updated about 10 minutes ago. Do you think it would cause problems if I just deleted it? :scratch:

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 02:43 PM

Could it be possible that this fidbox.dat file is from another program that is using Kaspersky's scanning engine? I did try System Mechanic 6 for a while and I ran some scans with it's anti-spyware tool Spython, but I uninstalled it completely a few months ago. I can't find any information on what engine Spython uses.

Edited by Mickeyjoe, 03 December 2007 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2007 - 01:09 PM

Hi Mickeyjoe,

Have a look around in your Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs
You may find utilities that you no longer use and can safely uninstall.

You may also benefit from looking in your StartUps listing
Start - Run - (type)MSCONFIG - press - Enter
Click the StartUps(tab) to see what is running active on your machine.
Click the Services(tab) to see what services are enabled.

I'm not recommending any changes via MSCONFIG at this time, but you may gain more information about your machine's current load. Let us know if you find items that relate to your original question, and/or other questions.

You do not mention any system performance problems.
Rather, this seems to be a legitimate curiosity about a file that you've noticed.
Your curiosity and noticing the file is sensible.
However ("just delete it") is a rather risky way to handle something that may not be causing difficulty now.

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#6 Mickeyjoe

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 08:27 AM

You do not mention any system performance problems.
Rather, this seems to be a legitimate curiosity about a file that you've noticed.
Your curiosity and noticing the file is sensible.
However ("just delete it") is a rather risky way to handle something that may not be causing difficulty now.

Best Regards,
Doug


Thanks for your response Doug. :)

No, I have not experienced any performance problems, in fact I'm quite happy with how my system is currently operating (touch wood :unsure: ). It's just the fact that I have this huge file sitting on my C: drive and I'm unsure of its purpose.

Looking at how Kaspersky uses fidbox.dat, I'm reasonably confidant that one of my security programs - at present AVG Anti-spyware seems a likely suspect - is using it in a similar manner.

My only concern is that fidbox.dat keeps growing and fairly rapidly. It's now at 541Mb, will it keep going until it fills my entire drive? And suppose there's no way to clear it, what then? It doesn't look like I'm going to find an easy answer.

Oh well, 8.81Gb free, I still have some time. ;)

Edited by Mickeyjoe, 06 December 2007 - 08:32 AM.


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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:53 AM

This is just a "stab in the dark"

Do you, or did you at one time install AOL as your ISP/Portal?
And did you allow the installation of the AOL security suite to that AOL browser? (if you did have AOL)
At a previous time AOL utilized Kaspersky (re-branded as AOL)
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#8 Mickeyjoe

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 07:51 AM

Hi again,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. On top of everything I caught a dose of laryngitis that put me out of action for a couple days. :thumbdown:

I ran the PCPitstop test asa you requested, here is the link:

http://www.pcpitstop...XV1SW89DKVSKJQV

Oh, and I have never had AOL on this machine.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 04:27 PM

Clear your Temporary Internet files and Temporary files.

If you would like a good automated utility to clear your Temporaries.... consiter ATF-Cleaner
http://www.atribune....tent/view/19/2/

consider "disabling" the following via MSCONFIG:

Sun Java Update Sun Microsystems, Inc. C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
Debugger Microsoft Corporation C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
Copernic Desktop Search Copernic Technologies Inc. C:\Program Files\Copernic Desktop Search 2 ... \DesktopSearchService.exe
PowerDVD Cyberlink Corp. C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
Google Talk Google C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe
SetPoint Event Manager Logitech Inc. C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
Microsoft keyboard Microsoft Corporation C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
Palm HotSync Palm, Inc. C:\Program Files\Palm\HOTSYNC.EXE
Picasa Media Detector Google Inc. C:\Program Files\Picasa2\PicasaMediaDetector.exe
WinAmp C:\Program Files\Winamp\winampa.exe
Yahoo Toolbar Symantec Corporation C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn1\YTBSDK.exe
Matrox Power Desk Matrox Graphics Inc. C:\WINDOWS\system32\PDesk\PDesk.exe
Matrox BiosGuard Matrox Graphics Inc. C:\WINDOWS\system32\mgabg.exe
Taskswitch Powertoy C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskswitch.exe
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. C:\Program Files\Huawei technologies\Vodafone ... \Vodafone 3G Broadband Modem.exe
Samsung Electronics. C:\WINDOWS\Samsung\LaserSMMgr\ssmmgr.exe
Productivity Software Logitech Inc. C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\KhalShared\KHALMNPR.EXE
Disk Defragmenter Executive Software International, Inc. C:\Program Files\Executive Software\Diskeeper\DkService.exe

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Speech Microsoft Corporation C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe

Consider disabling the following item: "Advanced Text Services"
This item ctfmon.exe is disabled via Control Panel - Regional and Language Options
Control Panel - Regional and Language Options - Language(tab) - Details(button) - Advanced(tab)
Place a checkmark/tick in the box in front of: "Turn off advanced text services"
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Consider turning off Indexing Services via Hibernation"
Hibernate enabled Yes <-- present setting
HIBERFIL.SYS present Yes <-- present setting

Right click on your Desktop - Select - Properties
In the Display Properties Panel - Select - ScreenSavers(tab) - Power(button)
In Power Options Properties Panel - Select - Hibernate(tab)
Remove the checkmark/tick in front of "Enable Hibernate"
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After you have completed the above, please run a fresh PCPitstop Full Test and post the fresh TechExpress

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#10 Jacee

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:39 PM

Just to follow up on Doug's recommendations...do you know what this "AutoUpdate" -- > installed in January 2007 is?

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:34 PM

System Mechanic 6 came with Kaspersky AV and Firewall

http://www.iolo.com/...px?id=KBA-01751

This may solve the mystery.

Trev

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Posted 06 June 2008 - 09:19 PM

Hi,

I was defragging my hard disk yesterday and I noticed a very large file that I didn't immediately recognize in my windows folder - fidbox.dat.

It was located in C:\WINDOWSSystem32\drivers and nearly 500mb in size.

I searched on Google and the only relevant info I can find is that it's used by Kaspersky Antivirus.

But I don't have Kaspersky installed and never did.

The file seems to be updating itself regularly and is now 504mb. Should I be worried?

The security software I am running:
AVG Free Edition 7.5.503, AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5.1.43 free, AVG Anti-Rootkit free 1.1.0.42
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.5.1.15
Ad-aware 2007 Free Edition 7.0.2.5
Windows Defender 1.1.1592.0
Spyware Blaster 3.5.1

Thanks in advance for your help. :thumbup:

Edit: Forgot to mention
ZoneAlarm version:7.0.408.000


Hey Mickeyjoe,

Just a point in passing:> Zone Alarm uses Kapersky's Virus Scanner!
So fidbox.dat is used by that virus scanner.
I hope this helps.

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