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processes accessing a disk 14 years 10 months ago #2936

Does anyone know of any tools that can let me know which processes are accessing the hard drives on a Windows 2000 server?

Re: processes accessing a disk 14 years 10 months ago #2938

Go get yourself NTFileMon from
shows you all the processes that have a handle to the hard disk. You can filter the output as well

I used that to figure out how MSN messenger displays banner ads.. I watched it and noticed that MSN has a hook to a file called 'links.txt' in your profile directory/local settings/temp
I have a look at that file.. deleted everything in it, and then made the file read only... now MSN doesnt give me banner ads :)

There is also RegMon which shows you all registry accesses..

Both together are very useful to figure out things like where a program stores its license keys etc
Sahir Hidayatullah. Staff - Associate Editor & Security Advisor

Re: processes accessing a disk 14 years 10 months ago #2948

hey sahir ,
a lil while back , in installed win2k server on my machine and played around with it a lil.. i noticed that using the task manager i could see a lot of processes depending upon the services running , however i could not kill few of those processes. I then installed a utility called win 2k administration tools ( digit Magazine) and using one of its features i could actually now kill those processes which i earlier could not ..... any ideas ??

Re: processes accessing a disk 14 years 10 months ago #2949

hi guys...what banner ads?
i dont get any banner ads on messenger...isit at the bottom of the friend list window or?
i am using spy hunter now ...and feel that its much better than spybot:search and detects the parasites even in the registry.....and memory....
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