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Are these files safe to delete?


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#1 crzyallday0514

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:52 PM

I deleted McAfee using McAfee's removal tool but when I did Google Desktop search to make sure all the files were removed I found the following files. They are in Program Files\Common Files: avsdk_support_chart.xml; avsdk_9x_support_chart.xml; assdk_support_chart.xml; fwsdk_support_chart.xml. Can I be sure they are connected with McAfee and is it safe to delete them or should I go to the McAfee site?

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 09:45 AM

Antivirus Software Development Kit (AVSDK)

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The Authentium Global RISC Antivirus Software Development Kit (AVSDK) enables software developers to easily integrate best-of-breed virus detection and disinfection into their products.
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 02:22 PM

AOL\Active Security Monitor
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:32 AM

Thanks garmanma, glad I didn't get happy with the delete button. Can I go on the McAfee site to find out if any of those files are McAfee's or would it be a waste of time. Guess I could look at the size of them and if they're small just leave 'em. To Quietman7, was that AOL/Active Security Monitor for me? I went into it and it was all Greek to me.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:40 AM

To Quietman7, was that AOL/Active Security Monitor for me?

Yes.

I found the following files. They are in Program Files\Common Files:
avsdk_support_chart.xml; avsdk_9x_support_chart.xml; assdk_support_chart.xml; fwsdk_support_chart.xml.

Look at these entries in that link I provided:
18. %ProgramFiles%\AOL\Active Security Monitor\ASSDK_Support_Chart.xml
19. %ProgramFiles%\AOL\Active Security Monitor\AVSDK_Support_Chart.xml
22. %ProgramFiles%\AOL\Active Security Monitor\FWSDK_Support_Chart.xm

They are all related to AOL Active Security Monitor.

AOL Active Security Monitor is a separate free diagnostic tool that continuously monitors your system and helps determine the vulnerability of your computer to viruses, spyware, etc. ASM provides an overall security score, with individual security scores for your firewall, antivirus, antispyware, Windows and browsers, wireless, P2P, and utilities applications. The tool is available as a separate download and AOL membership is not required to use it. For screenshots, see CNET slide show: Inside AOL Active Security Monitor.

AOL partnered with McAfee and uses McAfee VirusScan Plus -- Special edition from AOL as part of their Basic security package. I don't know if AOL ASM is part of that membership package or if McAfee is involved in any of the technology behind it.

According to this news release, Active Security Monitor was developed in partnership with Sereniti, Inc.
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Posted 25 February 2009 - 01:53 PM

:thumbsup: Thanks much...will check it out. Thanks for saying you don't need an AOL membership because when I first saw it thought "don't have AOL".

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 02:17 PM

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