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Constant hard disk activity when using Sandboxie


I've used Sandboxie 3.01 to run Firefox for a year, problem-free - except:

After a couple of weeks, I noticed the hard disk grinding away almost all the time, doing something, when Sandboxie is active. Exit Sandboxie, kill the Sandboxie Service process, and it stops. Run Firefox without Sandboxie, no problem. Run Firefox with Sandboxie - disk activity, near constant. Exit Firefox but leave Sandboxie up - disk activity, near constant.

Then after a few months it stopped. Nothing had changed about the computer coincident with the cessation - no new programs, updates, etc.

Then after another few months it once more started happening - again, when there were no changes to the computer.

Couldn't find references to this problem by searching the Sandboxie forum or Google.

I see no evidence of a malware infection. And I have a host of security programs - Comodo Firewall, Threatfire, WinPatrol, Spyware Guard, Spyware Blaster, Blacklight, and malware scanners. And I don't visit warez or similar sites. And McAfee Site Advisor. OpenDNS.
Win2000 SP4 on a Dell with 1.8GHz P4, 512MB RAM.

Anybody familiar with this or could suggest where/what I might look for? Much appreciated.


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You are running all that on a P4 with 512 Mb of RAM, it is probably constantly paging to the hard drive because you are using all the RAM. This is only made worst if you set up Sandboxie with a Ramdisk. In short, I think you need more RAM

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Sandboxie will do that as it is constantly searching for data. Try running Speed Disc to clean up the hdd, that may reduce activity or get a quieter hdd perhaps.

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