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Title: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: mlsto on December 30, 2017, 12:18:35 AM
I am seeing that avast is taking 900+mb getting close to 1Gb.

Why is this, why this software wants so much space.

Thank you
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: sonyboyj on December 30, 2017, 12:53:24 AM
My folder is also 999mb, but i guess that normal, depends what version and what addons you installed.
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: Rundvleeskroket on December 30, 2017, 12:57:21 AM
My Avast folder is 1.05GB and I only have 3 shields (Web/Mail/File) running. No other components installed.
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: DavidR on December 30, 2017, 02:03:06 AM
You need to be a little more detailed as to which sub-folder it is, two of concern are:

1.  the defs (definitions) sub-folder as VPS updates occur you effectively have a new sub-folder for each, avasts housekeeping should eventually clean old defs sub-folders.  Each one is if the order of 131MB, so it doesn't take long for that to build up before it amounts to a large figure.

2.  the setup sub-folder, this is a pretty big and essential folder, but I'm sure it could do with periodic housekeeping by avast.
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: Pako7 on December 30, 2017, 01:27:13 PM
mine it is 1.92 GB but i realized that when i was viewing it from Control Panel but today i used your steps and went to program files and it was still 1.92 GB i clicked avast then properties and thats what i got ....

any solution??iv been concerned for the past few days...all this happened after i updated to 17.9.2322 then the memory increased
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: Rundvleeskroket on December 30, 2017, 01:44:02 PM
Today the Avast folder, including defs and setup and every other subfolder, is about 940MB. Setup is a compressed folder so size on disk is 800 and something MB. So it varies quite a bit apparently.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: DavidR on December 30, 2017, 02:49:37 PM
I don't believe this has suddenly happened as a result of the 17.9.2322 update.  For instance on this win10 laptop I have yet to allow the update to 17.9.2322.  It is still on 17.8.2318, my AVAST Software folder is 1.13 GB (size on disk), larger than that of my winXP system with 17.9.2322.

Whilst the win10 laptop is 64bit and winXP is 32bit, I don't know if that could account for the difference or not.
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: ken_ginsberg on December 30, 2017, 05:34:46 PM
So on my PC the AVAST folder takes up almost 2GB of space. Is thee any way to "force" Avast to perform this housekeeping that will clean out old files?

Windows 10
12GB RAM
256GB Samsung SSD
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: DavidR on December 30, 2017, 05:42:33 PM
There are no specific settings to run housekeeping.
Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: bob3160 on December 30, 2017, 10:31:25 PM
You could always do a clean install.

https://goo.gl/4Ptzkf
If you need additional help with the Clean Install, watch this:
https://youtu.be/p-h3myRD51A


Title: Re: Why Avast Takes So Much Space
Post by: Pako7 on December 31, 2017, 09:31:26 AM
After doing the clean install would i be required to enter the license key?

or they are backed up?