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Norton Internet Security is eating up my HDD

I'm running out of disk space.  I've got 2 of 55 GB remaining.  Norton Internet Security 2006 is the culprit.  It has generated 100s of "tmp" files over the 5 years that I've had NIS on this computer. They are in the program files/common files/symantec shared/virus defs directory.  The computer will not let me delete them because they are in use?  I've attached a screen shot of about 20 of the 100s of files like these.  Tmp files from Norton  Tmp files from Norton
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Randy Downs

try this

You can try the following steps to delete contents of LiveUpdate download folder which may free up the space used by LiveUpdate:
1. Click the Start button and then click Control Panel.
2. Double-click Symantec LiveUpdate.
3. Click Update Cache tab in LiveUpdate Configuration window.
4. Click Remove All Files From Cache.
5. Click Ok.


Otherwise, you can completely uninstall Norton 2006 program using the Norton Removal tool, remove the Virus Definition folder and then reinstall Norton 2006 program(if you have the download file or CD).
Randy Downs

If you want tp find extra space this is a nice free utility - http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/
Thomas Zucker-Scharff

My favorite app for finding extra space is WinDirStat.
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I've attached an image of the virus defs that aren't called temporary.  Can they be deleted too or do they build one on another? NIS 2006 virus def files

You can delete all of those - but the last 3 or 4.

You definitely want to keep the last two (current and immediately prior), due to frequent "False Negative" findings from NIS. You will occasionally have to revert to a prior definition set whilst waiting for them to fix the newest.


Started the computer in safe mode and deleted all bit the most recent definition files. This freed up more than half of the HDD.  

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Glad it worked!
Just to verify - you have since re-booted to 'Normal Mode' and all applications/functions are working normally?

Thank you.