Is Bitdefender Eating My Hard Drive?
I should preface this thread with the fact that I'm uncertain if BitDefender is the culprit, only I highly suspect it. I'll explain the situation:
My hard drive has been running out of space recently since I installed 'Bitdefender Total Security 2012' last month. This is an odd problem, as I would've guessed I had about 10 GBs free and I have not installed any other programs or even added any large files for perhaps the last 10 months... so this confused me, but I managed to get rid of some stuff to accommodate the problem, and move some home movies to an external drive to create 22GB of free space, and then just a few days later, I turn on my computer this morning and I find that I get another low disk space warning... I have literally installed nothing new.
I checked around on websites, and the bleeding is generally connected to antivirus software (regardless of the brand) and appears to be a common problem. The antivirus software appears to create thousands of small temp files, usually in the program folder... so I checked BitDefender but there was nothing in there. I ran BitDefender's cleaner to see what it could pick up, and it didn't snag anything. Then I ran something else to find out where the huge files were stored on my computer. It was my Windows Temp folder, and huzzah! looks like there is 40GB of stuff in there, at least. I'm using ccleaner to get rid of it all (it also identified them and is removing them) but is BitDefender the cause? These files only date back to when I installed BitDefender. Also, this appears to be a problem related to Antivirus software.
Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening again? Is this a known issue?
Thanks for your help!