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Removing old update files

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Hello, I notice that there are now several Lavasoft Ad-Aware update files from previous Web update sessions stored in my (Windows) C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Update directory.

These files, particularly the ones with names like "CSC39-EN-0-<Engine Version Number>-F.sbr.sgn" are more than 50 megabytes in size EACH.

Because the <Engine Version Number> part of each file name ranges from 5640 to 5736 (and the file dates range from 27 January 2010 to 3 March 2010), I assume that each file is a full, independent, new version of the "Extended engine definition" whose contents get "integrated" into Ad-Aware during the current Web update session so that each fle is no longer needed after the Web update session is completed (or when the next "Extended engine definition" file is downloaded in a later Web update session).

These files are filling up my disk (which had limited space to begin with).

Is there some guidance available about when we can safely delete Ad-Aware created or downloaded files in the ...\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\Update directory, in the other ...\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\... directories, and in any other directories where these Ad-Aware files can be placed?

Thanks

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What I do in such cases is move the older files to a temp folder on my desktop. As long as the program continues to work properly for some time, then I delete them. The definition files core.aawdef is cumulative and gets bigger with each update, but I think the engine is software that gets upgraded and replaces prior engines, so it might be good to save the last working version "just in case."

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