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I recently installed Windows Defender on my computer and uninstalled it a few days later, however after uninstalling (by Add/Remove Programs), it left a folder in this directory:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Scans\History\Results

I was running AVG Free Edition and noticed that it was spending a heck of a lot of time (around 10 hours) scanning this directory for a program I thought I had uninstalled. I checked the size of the above folder and it's over 800 MB in size! I am pretty sure it is larger than that but it was taking Windows a lot of time to calculate the exact size so I cancelled it.

Can someone tell me what is in this folder? Is this normal? Is it safe to delete?

Edited by plucker, 13 November 2008 - 02:35 PM.

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I don't run Defender, but my guess is that it kept the history of everything it had scanned. If you no longer have the program, I can't see that deleting this would cause a problem. You could also exclude it from AVG's scans.
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Even if you where using Windows Defender you could safely delete that folder.
It keeps a history of scan results and deleted files.
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I'm deleting it now but it won't delete! It says it's deleting it, but the progress bar to the recycle bin doesn't show any progress! Any ideas?
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I'm trying to re-install Windows Defender in order to try to uninstall it again but the installation program freezes too. I can't believe how ironic this is...this program is acting like malware on my computer!
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