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Kudos0

Norton gets a lot of space

Hello, I just notice that my Norton Security size almost 5 GB... Wow!  thats a lot of space for an antivirus suite... can anyone tell me is it normal thing or its just my installation?

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Kudos0

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

If you look further into the Norton Security folder, can you tell us which folders use the largest amount of space?

What version of Norton Security are you using? From the main Norton screen, click on Help - About.

Have you run LiveUpdate manually a few times, restarting as necessary, until no updates are available?

Also, Restarting your computer could help do some cleanup of old files. If you use Windows 8/8.1 or 10, there can be an issue with the Fast Start feature.. See more information here.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

I'm currently using the newest version of NS 22.7.1.32 and Windows 10 and the installation is on the SSD.

Well, I checked this out and it looks like folder with definitions take this enormous space which is quite strange for me since Norton Security is desingned to be half cloud product and when I run manually LiveUpdate (few times per week) it always downloads a few megabytes or even kilobytes of definitions except of big patches once for a while that takes more space around ~50 MB. So, it looks like these definitions after being downloaded transforms somehow into a larger files and take a lot of space.  

And what about other users, please share with us how much your Norton weights? 

Kudos0

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

And within the Definitions folder, which one is taking up the most space? There have been some users reporting that older definitions are not getting cleaned up.Just left taking up space.

And did you do the Liveupdate again and restart the computer as I suggested?

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

You may have Zombie SDFDef folders from Evil Zero dot 75 post-Beta aborted release.

Hello Got3n,

The Zombies stopped accumulating with the Zero dot 76 release. In that release the newest Zombies went away after a COLD START Re-BOOT. When dot 76 was patched the Pre-patch-legacy Zombies remain until complete uninstall and fresh re-install. Which loses Settings and  History.

A Quicker and  friendlier Just revised this AM, Protocol  Today's Comment: at:

SDSDefs problem with Norton Security

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/sdsdefs-problem-norton-security#c...

J

I did a fresh install with dot 76, now I have One dot 32, The Zombies bloated about 475mb to almost a gig. The fresh install had different sub-folder structure and is higher-mid 500 MB but no Zombies.

My post August 22, 2016, 2 days previous,  FOUND:

That the newest release One dot 32 rev post-Beta has LU cleaning up after installing updates.

No more zombies!

Kudos0

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

Well, it turns out that I had a lot of old definitions on that folder from May to current August so I found the other topic you mentioned and some user suggest to just remove the old folders. So I went ahead and disabled Norton Tamper Protection and removed all folders with definitions from May, June and July and leave only all folders with August, so now my Norton size ~1 GiB and it seems to be works just fine, I ran few scans and LiveUpdate several times. But the question is why Norton automatically didn't remove old junkie folders?

Kudos2 Stats

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

You should do a little more cleaning and just leave one Def folder in each category except IPSDef which should have 2. After that LU should keep it cleaned up. Also VirusDefs should be empty.

Jim 

Kudos0

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

Done! Thanks Jim for your tips after this my Norton gets around ~500 MB space and I believe now it's the same size as clean installation. 

Thanks a lot for help!

Kudos0

Re: Norton gets a lot of space

Got3N asked, "But the question is why Norton automatically didn't remove old junkie folders?"

  • Evil dot 75 had some bigger problems,
  • dot 76 was a sort of convalescing release that took care of those crash or lock up the computer bugs. Then later:
  • Dot 76 got a patch to delete the zombies that accumulated after the patch was installed. Which worked thus:
  • LU left a manifest of updated folders to delete on boot start-up. LU was blind to the legacy zombie folders from before the patch.
It would not be wi$e to hard-code LU to do that only-once task for a limited number of Randomly selected subscribers.
  • New purchase new install or an upgrade from different predecessor Norton product wouldn't need that feature coded.
  • An un-install / re-install that purges those zombie folders is Shotgun-simple for off-shore technical support to advise a limited number of Randomly selected subscribers.

I hope that an$wer$ that question.

J

The surviving Zombie folder on someone's old while they were in school system or a USB stick back-up will show up for auction on E-Craig-Ali in the future after those buy-out-mergers a long-long time in the future, you know-throw a dart at a wall calendar.

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