I recently installed the updated Dell Support Center (DSC) onto my Inspiron 1520 with Win XP(SP3) and ran the included PC Checkup (PCC) powered by PC-Doctor. Everything went smoothly; however, a little later, I started to notice a random .wav sound (a click followed by a "bubbling" sound like someone pouring liquid out of a bottle) occurring in the background even when DSC/PCC was closed.
I initially thought this sound was related to some malware that recently attacked my PC, but I have run every clean-up tool possible, including several AV programs, Malwarebytes, Trojan Remover, ComboFix, and various bootkit detectors, and all show that my PC is CLEAN. It was clean before I installed the DSC update.
I have tried an experiment in which I opened DSC/PCC and just let it sit there while I worked on my PC for several hours. Guess what? The sound did not occur once. Shortly after I closed it again, the sound came back and became more frequent when I noodled around in Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Services. This has led me to believe that the background .wav sound is being caused by PCC's Performance and Configuration History program, which appears to be monitoring my hard drive even when DSC/PCC is closed.
I don't mind that the program is always running in the background, but the sound is very annoying. Is there any way to disable the sound besides leaving DSC/PCC open all the time?
I have already gone into Control Panel\Sounds and Audio Devices\Sounds, selected "Windows Default" as my Sound Scheme, and listened to each of the listed sounds to see if it sounds like the .wav I'm hearing. None of the Windows Default sounds matches it.