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Offline davidwh

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Programme Getting Too Big
« on: February 22, 2013, 11:17:28 AM »
I use Avast Internet Security and it is now taking up almost half a GigaByte of space on my PC, is there any way of reducing this? Its far too big

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Re: Programme Getting Too Big
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013, 12:19:36 PM »
I use Avast Internet Security and it is now taking up almost half a GigaByte of space on my PC, is there any way of reducing this? Its far too big
Can you check the log and report folders for the biggest files?
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Re: Programme Getting Too Big
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013, 12:33:19 PM »
Can you be a little more detailed in which areas (sub-folders) is the area of concern ?

Whilst I only have the free version the defs folder is the one that takes the lions share or the installation, this is because it contains the complete virus database, when it is updates (incremental) the new signatures and the previous full database are combined into a new defs sub-folder, so there are times when it will have duplication, the new sub-folder the previous one and on the odd occasion the one before that.

Avast periodically does housekeeping removing these older definitions sub-folders, so there is going to fluctuation of size in this area, which is why I asked for more detailed information. The database is in an uncompressed state to speed scanning.

The space currently taken on my complete installation is 413MB, the defs folder takes 108MB and there is only 1 sub-folder with the full database, if you had two then that would take it up by approximately another 108MB. The setup folder is also another big one 166MB as this has the verification files (.vpx) and these are essentially copies of files so they can replace corrupt files using the avast Repair function.

Is half a gig a big deal on today's monster drives ?
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