Avira - Removal of vdf files

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Can the old virus definition update files be deleted with impunity ?  I have
found a large number of files named antivir*.vdf (and zip file versions) and
they are taking a significant amount of space on my old desktop which is
starting to run low on available disk. Can't find any references to clearing
or deleting them.

Chris
(Running Avira Antivir Personal on Win2K)



Re: Avira - Removal of vdf files

On 17/04/12 11:39 PM, Chris wrote:
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I would un-install the software, delete those files if still left
behind, then install the software again.

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My advice is to get rid of the Adware or Nagware program(s) [Avira, AVG &
avast!]. MSSE (with ImmunetProtect on top of it) or PandaCloud AV Beta are
good enough and true freeware. Then add WinPatrol.

Maybe if enough people do this, they will get the drift.

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I wouldn't advise anyone take that seriously and actually follow your
instructions. Running Beta AV software is akin to running BETA OS
software. Don't do it on production machines.. Doh!


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All the beta does is add it's firewall feature which works rather nicely
along side the Windows firewall...a rarety. People can make up their own
minds.

The folks who needs to get the drift are Avira, AVG and avast!

As for beta software...some do, some don't. Not everything is canned.

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Bear, whether an AV is Adware or nagware or freeware is about as important as
whether it
has nice icons or not [which I'm sure you have investigated as well]

The OP was asking how to solve a problem with vdf files, not to get a bleeding
useless
lecture, or have his thread steered way off course.

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bearbottoms1@gmai.com says...
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While they may be free, one could hardly classify any of these as
nagware. I've found Avast! and Avira to be very good. Anything from
Panda I view as suspect. Anytime I've made the mistake of dealing with
Panda I've regretted it. The product is questionable and I always get a
lot of spam from them, called Panda Droppings.

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"Panda Droppings"

I like that  ;-)



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I wonder why I don't get anything at all from them. The other three nag
all the time unless you tweak and twang...why do that when you don't
have to?

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bearbottoms1@gmai.com says...
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I don't get any nag from Avast! The updates announce with a green
dialog, but I don't view that as a negative. As for Panda the
difference may well be the reseller rather than the company. I found
some years ago that I could not opt out of email from Panda. But it
stopped when I complained in this newsgroup.  ;=)

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    I have no antivi*.vdf on my PC at all. All my definitions are
in vbase*.vdf files.
    So yes, you can probably delete them all.
    []'s

    PS Cookie Cleaner has an option to "clean" Avira files. You
will lose all your log files though.
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have
and
clearing

I can't see any option in CCleaner on my system for dealing with Avira
files.
Would be quite happy to lose the log files

C



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I have also no antiv*.vdf files in Windows 7.

In CCleaner -> Cleaner / Applications / Utilities
there you can select AntiVir Desktop

In Avira Free Antivirus
Configuration (F8) / General / Events or Reports
there you can limit the number kept.

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OK.  What kind of space are you really tring to gain ?  Let's say 50MB.

Now look at the hard disk free space and its quantity.

Now lets look at the OS (XP, Vista and 7) and see if if you can gain more
space elsewhere.

For example;
%TEMP%
c:\windows\TEMP
IE TIF

Win2K  %windir%  $KB###### folders.

By clearing TEMP folders, reducting the IE TIF to 50MB and by deleeting old
Windows XP HotFixes can free up hundreds or megabytes to 1 to 2GB.

However, since you indicate you have used CCleaner then it probably covereed
there areas except for settingf the TIF cache size to only 50MB.

Lets say this this is a 40GB IDE drive (since it is Win2K that's
conceivable) you can get a 80GB IDE drive and clone the 40GB drive to the
80GB and have >40GB of free space and I'll bet that if it is a 7200RPM drive
you will also see the system a bit quicker.

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Chris wrote:

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Don't know how you got from Cookie Cleaner to CCleaner.  Cookie Cleaner
is a separate product than CCleaner whose original name was Crap
Cleaner, not Cookie Cleaner.

Since you're asking about CCleaner, go under its Options -> Include
section to add the folder where are the log files that you want CCleaner
to delete.

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    Open CCleaner (version 3.17) ---> Applications ---> Utilities
----> Antivir Desktop.
    Right click and choose analyze before you check the box, just
in case.
    []'s
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Shadow wrote:

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I have CCleaner 3.17.1689 (which Piriform says is the latest version)
yet there is no entry for AntiVir under the Apps tab in the Utilities
section.  Under Utilities, I have only the following 3 entries:

7-Zip
Avast Antivirus 6  (yet Avast is now at 7.0.1426)
WinPatrol

That's why I mentioned using CCleaner's Options -> Include to include
the log folder to delete all files there.

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I have CCleaner version 3.17.1689 (64-bit)
Under Applications / Utilities I can select:
- AntiVir Desktop
- Malwarebytes Anti Malware
- Windows Defender
- WinPatrol
- WinRAR
No 7-Zip
No Avast

Maybe you can select only software installed on your PC?

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Same for me - Malwarebytes is there along with some others but no Avira.
Is it because Avira installs under "All Users" rather than under the User ID
I was logged in as when I installed.?

I think I've resolved the original problem - the update process puts all the
downloaded files into a temporary folder which is removed when the update
completes successfully.
I've had a few incidences recently when my PC crashed during the update (due
to a missing OS update) so the folder and contents did not get deleted. I
was left with several such folders which I've deleted manually and all is
now OK.

C





Re: Avira - Removal of vdf files

On Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:07:37 -0500, VanguardLH wrote:

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    I have loads of entries. All of them installed. Maybe it only
shows what you have installed ? I have 7-zip. But not Avast or Winpatrol.

    []'s

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