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Question on virus definition files

Created: 22 Feb 2013 • Updated: 22 Feb 2013 | 5 comments

The C drive on my server is getting critically low on space.  I see multiple virus definition files for my symantec endpoint small business editon 12.0.  My question is, is each definiton file cumulative ( in which case I can delete some older dated files), or does each file represent only new definition updates?

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Brɨan's picture

Each folder will be cumulative. You should be able to clear out the older definitions.

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Sumit G's picture

Yes, you can clear the old defination files.


Sumit G.

Rafeeq's picture

Follow this document

How to clear out corrupted definitions for a Symantec Protection Center and Symantec Endpoint Protection Client manually

rs_cert's picture

Check this

Low Disk Space issues encountered on systems running either the Symantec Endpoint Protection client or the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
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Ashish-Sharma's picture


In Small Business Edition have limited options, you can not modify settings to reduce number of revisions to keep like Enterprise Edition.

Please check following article:

How to reduce the number of content revisions stored in Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\Inetpub\content folder in SEP SBE 

To reduce the database size (sem5.db) can use this tool.

Thanks In Advance

Ashish Sharma