Question about virus definitions...

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Tooltimetim, Nov 3, 2005.

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  1. Tooltimetim

    Tooltimetim Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I hope I chose the right part of Wilders to post this question of mine. I've recently switched to Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal from NOD32 and I was wondering since Kaspersky releases updates every hour, would these updates eat up my hard drive space after a year or so of updates or are they small enough not to?

    I guess its like that with any antivirus but I would like to ask you all if you could tell me :)

    Thank you!

    Tim
     
  2. hollywoodpc

    hollywoodpc Registered Member

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    Hi Mr . Taylor . lol .
    No problem with defs eating up hard drive space . Whether it be KAV or any other . You are fine
     
  3. WSFuser

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    im not 100% positive but i believe the updates will just be overwritten or updated, so as to not accumulate used space.
     
  4. Tooltimetim

    Tooltimetim Registered Member

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    Okay, thanks guys! :D
     
  5. Firecat

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    In case of KAV, it would take 100 years (approx.) to make the hard disk space used by the virus definitions increase 25% over the previous size :D
     
  6. Tooltimetim

    Tooltimetim Registered Member

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    Hello Firecat :),

    Okay thats great to know :D
     
  7. BlueZannetti

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    Not quite...., but the order of magnitude is about right.

    Right now KAV has a database signature count that is doubling about every 24 months. Assume that signature "size" remain constant, that would imply the database size doubling in the same timeframe. The size of the database is ~ 6.5 MB currently. If you have a 200 GB HDD, a doubling time of 24 months, and a current size of 6.5 MB, the HDD capacity would be exceeded in ~30 years assuming current trends were maintained.

    Either way, it a ways in the future.

    Blue
     
  8. Tooltimetim

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    Okay. Thanks Blue, :)
     
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