Ccleaner not clearing firefox history (Namoroka)
Posted 28 August 2009 - 02:05 AM
I'm currently using the Nightly zipped builds of firefox 3.6a2pre (Namoroka) with Ccleaner 2.23.993. Ccleaner identifies firefox and the option to clear history is ticked. It seems to clear the cache, cookies etc. successfully, just not history.
Thank you for any help.
Posted 04 September 2009 - 07:31 AM
Posted 04 September 2009 - 04:12 PM
If it helps, my profile is not in the default location and I don't use the installer builds; but as I said, Ccleaner is working correctly for other data.
Posted 04 September 2009 - 06:43 PM
Yours isn't the only one appearing not to be cleaned.
This has to be due to the Firefox History and Bookmarks both being in one file now, "places.sqlite".
I don't have an answer for you, except to say I always clear my browsing history when I close Firefox, which appears to be a good idea at the moment with FF 3.5.2.
EDIT: After enabling all browser history in Firefox, although that particular item isn't displayed, as in the screenshot, it is still cleared.
As I say, I don't use Firefox much, and this is the first time I've had a close look at what happens if browsing history isn't set to be cleared within Firefox, but it is definitely cleared, although not displayed in the "Analyze/Run CCleaner" window.
Posted 04 September 2009 - 10:09 PM
Since yesterday, I have run Ccleaner several times but I still have three days of history available in the browser. I have purposely let the history grow so that I may observer Ccleaner's behaviour.
I'll do some further tests in a VM, using standard firefox builds, both the installable and zip variety. I'll also use the installer and zip builds of Ccleaner as I prefer the zip build.
Posted 05 September 2009 - 12:27 AM
I hope that helps.
Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:02 AM
CCleaner won't go looking for it, as it's wired to default locations and that's it.
After checking it out again, you can delete the "places.sqlite" file to clear history manually by using CCleaners "Include" feature. Firefox immediately creates a new "places.sqlite" file with your bookmarks replaced intact from "Bookmarkbackups", although you lose your favicons.
I would simply rename or move the "places.sqlite" file to test this with your newer version of Firefox first to be sure it's the same as 3.5.2.
The non display in the CCleaner window I can't explain I'm afraid.
Posted 05 September 2009 - 09:00 PM
After checking that out, it's the fact that your profile isn't in the default install location causing the problem.
Unfortunately, that's incorrect. To ensure my previous assumptions regarding the problem being firefox version specific, I just created a new profile using a zipped build of firefox 3.5.2, in the same directory structure as my firefox 3.6 and 3.7 profiles. After launching the browser and creating a history, I used CCleaner and it worked correctly. I then tried the process on a new firefox 3.6 profile and it didn't. Please don't forget, CCleaner has no problem finding the profile for 3.6 as it quite happily cleans everything but the history.
Posted 06 September 2009 - 06:49 AM
Hi DennisD. Thanks for the reply.
Unfortunately, that's incorrect.
No worries. It ain't the first time I've been wrong, and probably not the last.
Posted 06 September 2009 - 07:46 AM
Please don't misconstrue my previous comment, it was not made as a criticism. I'm just trying to get to the heart of the problem and I very much appreciate your help.
Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:27 PM