Windows 10: Disk reads 100% = nothing can open or run
ADHD Senior Member
Turns out I have encountered this problem before with slow system performance when Adobe Acrobat is running in the background. It made my PC freeze when it launched itself for a program & didn't shut down afterward. Caused all kinds of delays. After the 2nd time it did that, I had enough & removed it.
More then likely it launches in the background every time you boot your PC. You can terminate the process through Process explorer (R click on Adobe Acrobat, select kill process) & if you no longer get spikes or problems, that's one problem eliminated.
To keep it from starting at boot up, go to the tutorial (link posted below) to see how to disable it from start up. Unfortunately, you will probably have to do this after every Adobe update because it likes to set itself to startup every time one of those updates happen
Since you say you don't use Acrobat, you can also uninstall it if you wish. Should you have the need for a PDF reader down the road, there are better alternatives available that aren't system resource heavy. Sumatra PDF is a good choice & it's free .
Startup Items - Add, Delete, Enable, Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Also, any other unnecessary start up programs can be disabled.
Flash should be running in your browser & not be using too many resources that it causes delays, although flash can freeze up at times. Make sure you have the latest version to be sure you aren't being hit by any exploits.
|Internet Explorer - ActiveX
|Internet Explorer (embedded - Windows 8.1) - ActiveX
|Edge (embedded - Windows 10) - ActiveX
|Firefox - NPAPI
|Chrome (embedded) - PPAPI
|Opera, Chromium-based browsers - PPAPI
Flash for your browser is your personal choice, not all sites use HTML 5 so if you disable flash, you may not be able to see all sites. Flash can be disabled, if you so choose, in your browser settings.
Last edited by Borg 386; 04 Dec 2016 at 10:12.
I have uninstalled Adobe acrobat =- still have Air
and Flash Player. Do I NEED to have flash player?
On a different note....
One Drive just about consumed my main computer
For some reason, One Drive just kept making copies
of all sorts of files on my computer and filled up my
internal drive and my external drive... had also started
on my cloud drive...
Microsoft "support" logged into my computer to "fix"
the problem and each time, just made it worse
Scared the crap out of me... I didn't realize what was
happening... I kept throwing files away because I had
no place to move them... then, finally found folders
with dozens and dozens of the same files.
I have been looking for information on how to delete
It is a dangerous 'tool'..... don't know why Microsoft
had to reinvent how "dropbox" type storage had to
Back to the 100% disc... it seems to have stabilized.
ADHD Senior Member
As I mentioned, some sites do not support HTML5, so if Flash was needed to view them, then you wouldn't be able to.
When you say MS helped you, did you call them or did you get a pop up or a phone call saying your PC was infected or the license was about to expire?
Be aware that MS will NOT contact you about viruses & your license on Windows never expires. Any call or pop up you may have gotten with a supposed MS tech support number is a scam.
If you were contacted or called a number on a pop up, then it's hard to say what they may have done/put to your PC.
Borg 386 said:
That's been my suspicion all along.
I suspect uninstalling Adobe may have been a "true, true and unrelated" coincidence.
Common things being common, especially in light of the OP's new mention of having had someone perform remote "support", I suspect that the system could be infected.
Rather than shooting in the dark and trying this/that/other things, I suggest seeking out a bit of formal malware removal help, either here or at a reputable computer disinfection forum, where trained experts can guide you through scanning, cleanup and repair, as needed.
We can collect some basic logs here (e.g. from FRST) to give us a general idea of what's happening with the system.
But we would need to defer to someone with more expertise for formal logs analysis and cleanup.
I called Microsoft about the problems with One Drive and
their support people logged into my computer and deleted
and reinstalled One Drive and that's when the "fun" began
I'm aware of those popups and know to never calll...that the
popups are malware...
^^ Well, that's somewhat reassuring. You would not have been the first person to fall victim to the scammers. ^^
Having said that, I'm really not sure we are making much progress.
I had suggested a while back a trial of cleanly uninstalling Kaspersky.
Doing so would either point to KTS as the cause OR it would eliminate KTS from the problem.
My next suggestion would be to collect some basic FRST logs or Mini-ToolBox logs or ProcMon logs something, in order to get some "data". Otherwise, we can really only speculate and guess at possible causes and solutions.
ADHD Senior Member
That's good to hear, that you called them.
You mentioned the disk problems are stabilized, so is the 100% usage been eliminated or at least reduced?
It wouldn't hurt to get some readings off the tools MoxieMomma mentioned.
How to Open and Use Disk Cleanup in Windows 10
You can use Disk Cleanup to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your drives, which can help your PC run faster. It can delete temporary files and system files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove...
Hi, thank you for taking a look at this.
Since I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 (who knows when, within the week of first release) I've had a plethora of issues, and recently I found the source of the problem. My computer spikes to 100%...
Read any good books lately?
Just finished the latest from John Grisham - Gray Mountain,
good read, quick and engaging.
I wonder if Ms reads these forums at all - it surely would be a good idea since on the whole people are fairly knowlegeable and do some quite rigorous testing.
I'm sure Ms would get better feedback from the Forums than going through...