AVG - Clearing past updates

  blanco 17:51 22 Nov 2003

Can anyone tell me whether it is still possible to clear all the past updates apart from the latest since the newer form of short downloads.

In other words does the latest still contain the full virus database? I've been shy of having a clean up since they started.

  Proxy Worm 17:55 22 Nov 2003

Yes the new one still contain the old ones aswell!

  MAJ 18:26 22 Nov 2003

But leave the .ctf file in place in the Updates folder. It's the file that lets AVG know which definition file you're using when it comes to updating.

  blanco 18:34 22 Nov 2003

Thanks Proxy Worm for the prompt reply and to you Maj for the reminder to anyone who hasn't had a clear out before not to destroy control.

  Jester2K II 19:09 22 Nov 2003

Once you have downloaded an update and it has been incorporated into the AVG installation the downloaded file is no longer needed and can be deleted.

HOWEVER the updates now only contain the latest info and not the old ones as well, hence the size of the update file has now dropped from 1- 3 Mb to a few Kb!!!

When AVG does an update check it looks at what version you have. If you are several updates out you will then need to download a large update containing all the previous updates to the current one. If you are one or two updates out then it'll download a smaller file to bring you up to date.

So to answer the original question once you have run the update you can delete the contents of the UPDATE folder under you AVG installation to clear space on your HDD if you so desire.

Also it doesn't matter if you leave or delete the CTF file - it doesn't affect the AVG Update operation in any way.

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