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Tell AVG not to scan "Windows.old"

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April 27, 2014 1:13:31 AM

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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April 27, 2014 1:18:07 AM

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!
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April 27, 2014 1:20:27 AM

You'd have to open up AVG and have a look. Or just change to Avast - I don't get that problem.
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April 27, 2014 1:21:56 AM

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)
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April 27, 2014 1:25:46 AM

AKnerd 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.
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April 27, 2014 1:26:58 AM

It won't harm your computer in any way, but there may be data you wish to recover in it.
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April 27, 2014 1:27:00 AM

deleting .old is safe.
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