EAV 4.0.474 - TEMP & OLD Files - Why kept?

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by Sunshine803, Jan 6, 2010.

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  1. Sunshine803

    Sunshine803 Registered Member

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    I have noticed that suddenly my system disk's free space is reduced by about 40mb and after a day or so it (may) come back to what it was - until it happens again - and so on.

    I managed to pinpoint the reason to two NOD32 files, almost equal in size ~20mb each that keep 'coming and going'...

    These files are:
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\Updfiles\temp\em002_32.dat

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ESET\ESET NOD32 Antivirus\Updfiles\oldfiles\en002_32.dat

    I wonder:
    1. What is the purpose of these files?
    2. Why are they not cleared after each signature update?
    3. Is it safe to delete them manually?

    Please inform/advise.
    Thanks
     
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  3. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

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    Do not delete these files unless you are instructed to do so for troubleshooting purposes.
     
  4. Sunshine803

    Sunshine803 Registered Member

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    Thank you both for your replies.
    I won't delete the files but I am still wondering why NOD32 does not clear them, given the 'temp' and 'old' nature of the two files. They are cleared eventually in a day or two, only to reappear soon afterwards. They take a sizeable chunk of C: (40mb) and would be handy if they were cleared by the system. Unless they serve some specific purpose in which case I wonder what that is?...
     
  5. SmackyTheFrog

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    I think those are old versions of program modules that were updated and it keeps the old copy around for a while in case it needs to roll back or the install fails.
     
  6. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

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    Could we please have an ESET Moderator look at this thread since I or others do not want to advise the OP to do a manual uninstall, as it is likely not needed.
     
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