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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2004, 01:55:56 AM »
Hi Technical,
Thanks to your screen shot, I got it! It is set for 120seconds.   :)

Bob, I don't have an ini file. It is as I said, I get to DATA and it indicates there is an ini file in it, but there isn't.  :(

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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2004, 03:12:03 AM »
I don't have an ini file. It is as I said, I get to DATA and it indicates there is an ini file in it, but there isn't.  :(

Impossible, you should have: C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\DATA\Avast4.ini

Maybe it's hidden?
In Windows Explorer go to Tools > Folder Options > View (?) the second tab > move the slider down and 'Show all files'  ;)
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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2004, 06:19:20 AM »
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author=Technical Impossible, you should have: C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\DATA\Avast4.ini
Maybe it's hidden?
In Windows Explorer go to Tools > Folder Options > View (?) the second tab > move the slider down and 'Show all files'  ;)
That was a good suggestion,  Technical, but it didn't make the difference that I needed --- it led me to uncheck another box:"Hide extensions to known files" or something like that --- and that brought out the "ini".  :)

Why didn't you-all tell me it was the Configuration file?  ;)
« Last Edit: September 07, 2004, 06:24:55 AM by Sojourner »

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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2004, 05:54:00 PM »
Hi Sojourner,
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Why didn't you-all tell me it was the Configuration file?
That's usually what an ini file is. Unfortunately your settings made you blind to all known file extentions. ;D ;D
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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2004, 07:01:04 PM »
Bob, I had asked someone a long time ago what an ini file is, and I was told it had some connection to the registry, and I have been warned to not get into the registry, so I accepted that  --- now, that answer seems to have been at least misleading, if not completely off base; anyway, this is to explain that I still didn't know what an ini file is.  :)
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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2004, 07:10:46 PM »
ini is short for initialization.

A .ini file is a Initialization/Configuration File

In simple words it is normally a file that contains some settings for a application.

Create a copy of the file before changing anything so you can put it back if needed.
« Last Edit: September 07, 2004, 07:11:17 PM by Eddy »

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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2004, 08:29:47 PM »
ini is short for initialization.

A .ini file is a Initialization/Configuration File

In simple words it is normally a file that contains some settings for a application.

Create a copy of the file before changing anything so you can put it back if needed.

Thank you Eddy,  :)
I am happy to know the correct definition of "ini".
I noticed that the files in the ALWIL folder are currently backed up, as they should be.  All is well with ALWIL !  :D

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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2004, 09:35:56 PM »
I noticed that the files in the ALWIL folder are currently backed up, as they should be.

Do you mean automatically or you have an application to do it?
avast do not make a 'backup' by itself  :-\
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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2004, 09:52:18 PM »
I noticed that the files in the ALWIL folder are currently backed up, as they should be.

Do you mean automatically or you have an application to do it?
avast do not make a 'backup' by itself  :-\

Well, it is just in the DATA folder --- the first thing it says when the mouse hovers is"backup", and every file in the DATA folder has a copy, not just the ini file. I thought these backup files were made when the screen-saver is on, or when otherwise configured?  ???

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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2004, 11:36:53 PM »
Well, it is just in the DATA folder...

My backup folder (under the DATA one) is empty  :-\
What do you have there? Which files and sub-folders under backup folder?  ::)
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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2004, 04:16:54 AM »
Well, it is just in the DATA folder...

My backup folder (under the DATA one) is empty  :-\
What do you have there? Which files and sub-folders under backup folder?  ::)

Technical, the backup folder is empty, at least currently; the fact that it is there must have some significance! It does not have a copy; all the other folders, empty or not, and all the files that are not in folders, have copies --- is a copy not the same as a backup?  ??? Anyway, Eddy said to always make a copy, and I meant to say that copies are already made in this case ( it was just an observation).

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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2004, 04:33:04 AM »
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Eddy said to always make a copy
What he said was:
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Create a copy of the file before changing anything so you can put it back if needed.
Which simply means that prior to making changes in the ini file, back it up so that if something goes wrong, you can always substitute the saved file for the one you messed up.
There isn't any need to make a copy of everything.
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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2004, 04:42:04 AM »
Hi Bob,
Why are those copies of folders and files there? I didn't copy them, but IF I decided to change something, wouldn't the copy of the file that is there, be sufficient? (just wondering)

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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2004, 04:59:11 AM »
Hi Bob,
Why are those copies of folders and files there? I didn't copy them, but IF I decided to change something, wouldn't the copy of the file that is there, be sufficient? (just wondering)
You said it yourself, There isn't anything in there.   What backup files??? the backup folder is empty on my system.
Besides this has nothing to do with making a back up. It's regular procedure to make a copy of the original ini or any other file that's important before changing it.
Better safe than sorry. :)
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Re:Got a question about Avast with Outlook Express
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2004, 05:13:18 AM »
Bob,
I am having a problem keeping the words "copy" and "backup" separate. I do have an empty folder that is labeled "backup", but every folder except that one and every file, including the ini file have copies, all in the DATA folder. I thought these were backups (even though they are not in the backup folder) and if not, why are they there? These are not empty files, they are copies of all the files in the DATA folder.  ???