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Tell AVG not to scan "Windows.old"

Hi guys,
When I reinstalled windows 7 (custom installation) I got the windows.old folder. Every time I scan my computer with AVG it scans windows.old. This takes forever. Is there anyway I could tell AVG not to scan the folder? If I hid the windows.old folder, would AVG still scan it?
Many thanks,
AKNerd
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    Many anti-virus programs have an 'exclude' / 'by-pass' option where you can tell the program not to scan a certain directory, in your case 'windows.old'

    If you don't have important data on the 'windows.old' saved files, you can delete it and free up significant space!
  2. You'd have to open up AVG and have a look. Or just change to Avast - I don't get that problem.
  3. That's what I want to do. But I'm slightly concerned that if I delete windows.old that my computer may get damaged etc. I certainly do want to free up significant space as the folder is 10GB! What would happen if I deleted windows.old? Would anything happen to my PC (Apart from windows.old being deleted)
  4. Anonymous said:
    That's what I want to do. But I'm slightly concerned that if I delete windows.old that my computer may get damaged etc. I certainly do want to free up significant space as the folder is 10GB! What would happen if I deleted windows.old? Would anything happen to my PC (Apart from windows.old being deleted)


    You would effectively delete the old program files of your pre-upgraded computer, probably nothing that didn't get swung over to the new operating system.

    I've done it multiple times with no problems.

    If you have logs of your taxes through a tax program on that .old, you make want to salvage that data.
  5. It won't harm your computer in any way, but there may be data you wish to recover in it.
  6. deleting .old is safe.
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