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What are these log files for?

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We have a Windows 2008 Server running IIS, one application, and AV. It has c:\hostact.log size=380MB and a c:\hoststat.log with a size of 200MB.
What is generating these log files?
How do we disabled this logging?
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These are not generated by IIS or Microsoft.  Use sysinternals process explorer to determine what application or process is writing to the file - once we know the app we can assist further.

When you open process explorer, use the icon that resembles a pair of Binoculars... or use the hotkey Ctrl+F(find) and type the name of the file... it will show you which process is presently running and has locked the file for use.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx
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Neither filename shows up in Process Explorer and the logs continue getting updated.
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Resource Monitor shows one of the files c:\hostact.log
System, PID=4 (along with most everything else).
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files accessed through a share will be locked by the system process (PID 4).

Try opening compmgmt.msc -> System Tools -> Shared Folders -> Open Files to see if the locked file is listed there
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no open files either. I rebooted the server and the logs continue to update\grow. I used to have a notepad replacement that could open up large files but forgot the name and do not know of any legit programs to try.
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More information. The server is a VM running on VMware and the AV software is Kaspersky anti-virus.
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OK. I used Programmers Notepad and was able to open the files and now see what the log files are for.
thank you.
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