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Offline Bellzemos

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What would that mean?
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:51:55 PM »


I have a free version of Avast! (v5.1.889) and Windows XP 32-bit. Today my PC froze twice and I had to restart it. Then I noticed there's an additional folder in the Temp folder (_avast_). So, what is it?

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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 12:11:02 AM »
The folder is always there when avast! is running - used e.g. for temporary files when unpacking archives.

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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011, 01:20:10 AM »
I think that you mean the _avast5_ folder. I've had the _avast5_ folder for a long time and only today got that new one (_avast_).
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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2011, 03:24:52 AM »
I mentioned this in an earlier topic about the avast temp folder having changed from avast4 to avast5 on change of major avast version and asked if this shouldn't be changed to avast6 (or simply _avast_). http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=70556.0

I believe it was Igor that said one of my suggestions would be a bit complex, but the avast temp would be one that might be doable (before avast 6 release), so it looks like it may have happened.
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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2011, 09:48:10 AM »
Yes, the name of the folder has changed recently.

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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011, 03:58:40 PM »
Thanks Igor, one down ;D
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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2011, 06:23:52 PM »
Thank you both. But I have both folders in the Temp folder, _avast_ and _avast5_. Is that OK?
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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2011, 07:14:00 PM »
You're welcome,

I too have both in the 6.0.945 and 5.1.889, one or other for the time being will be redundant. In 6.0.945 the _avast5_ folder isn't in use, in 5.1.889 the _avast_ folder isn't in use.

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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2011, 10:47:14 PM »
Hm, I only have the official non-beta 5.1.889 verison installed but I have both folders. And I think they are both in use since both contain files... Weird huh?
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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2011, 10:50:49 PM »
Actually, you are right, they are both used on avast! 5.1.
I changed it in the core libraries recently - but of course it cannot change the code of avast! 5.1 you have - that's what uses the old folder. But the new code is already present inside of the recent virus definitions - which uses the new folder.
Once you update to avast! 6.0, the old one becomes obsolete.

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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2011, 10:57:45 PM »
Strange I don't see both being in use, this is my primary system and it is using 5.1.899 and only the _avast5_ folder appears to be in use on mine.
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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2011, 10:59:20 PM »
Maybe the new folder is created only at the moment it's really needed (when an archive is being unpacked there).

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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2011, 11:09:59 PM »
Well the _avast_ folder exists as my lower part of the image shows, I just haven't seen it populated with anything.
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Re: What would that mean?
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2011, 11:14:07 PM »
Anyway, it seems to be working fine so thank you for the explanation.
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