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  1. In IE8 under the options->complete there is an autocomplete settings button. Once clicked there are various check boxes for autocomplete. However, ccleaner has only the checkbox for autocomplete forms and none of the others under address bar including the usernames & passwords, The same for firefox there is no option to clear the address bar history which would be set as favorites, address bar or nothing. These fall under options->privacy-> location bar. I can't find the equivalent under chrome although it saves address bar info and is displayed to to the user under the drop down arrow. Thus, ccleaner latest version needs a fix to remove all this history that is stored in the address bar of the varous browsers. The same probably is true for in privacy filtering too.....
  2. for speccy v1.24.632 the timezone language title shows "Arabic (U.A.E)". This title "language" is misleading since the control panel for regional and language options calls this "Language for non-unicode programs". If one just see language and one knows they have everything set for English, then one would think there is a bug in speccy since they'd expect to see English. Moreover, I have every language setting for windows XP Home enabled, that includes all keyboards, and code pages with the option checked to make the language settings available as the "default for all user accounts" (speccy doesn't show this check box nor the code pages and keyboards i have activated). Also speccy doesn't show the last time a usb flash device was installed into the computer although it may not be plugged in currently. Speccy detects that I have internet explorer and the version # installed, but it doesn't detect alternate browsers such as firefox and chrome and their versions. Speccy doesn't detect what search engines, flashplayers and shockwave players versions I have installed (pluggins and activeX). Display all browser pluggins and their versions, and dates installed and last used.
  3. When one repairs their network connection, it clears the NetBT, DNS cache and ARP. Make it an option to clean these using ccleaner on shutdown. Recently it was posted on other websites that elcomsoft(?) has a tool now that can recover the encryption keys from Truecyrpt by scanning the Virtural drive caches that Windows saves to disk since the encryption keys are stored in memory and are swapped to disk occasionally, and when one goes into hibernate or shtudown, memory is dumped to this windows virtual drive caches and the keys can be recovered from it. Thus, need ccleaner to clean all the virtual disk caches on hibernate or shutdown to destory the contents of this file using multiple pass overwrites to eliminate this problem.
  4. Other alternatives is the old Everest which is now AIDA64. See http://www.aida64.com/product/aida64-extreme-edition/screen-shots CPU. - bus speed and rated bus speed is shown changing with graphing. However, the cpu core frequency and internal voltage changes with graphing aren't shown. Although the stock core/bus speed are shown. See cpuid since once can see the voltages and cpu freqs changing with loading. Fan speed - as the computer is being loaded the fan comes on/off and changes speed. The program "speedfan" can show on some systems the fan rpm speeds and as they change. Have Speccy show the fans speed changing along with a graphing. This would be useful to compare CPU temp against fan speed so one can know the relationship of when the fans turn on/off or change speed. Graphics. - show temperature of graphics chips with graphing. Network - I'm connected with a wi-fi on a compaq presario v5306us with broadcomm minipci. However, speccy tells me under the heading "wi-fi info" states it isn't enabled although the wifi is turned on and down loading. If I turn the wifi button off to stop transmitting, it still says it is not enabled. - need to show bytes received transmitted with graphing. Speccy currently does kbps, but one can't tell anything from this. The kbps isn't even in kbps received or transmitted as separate numbers and graphics. Can't detect and show devices in express port. I.e. sd micro flash chips and their size in bytes. Cant dectect devices such as usb adaptors inserted into express port. Unless this is under peripherals disk drive without the size value.
  5. It also doesn't show the battery full time - whatever this means. This could be the estimated time to full recharge. If this is so then a better name should be used i.e. "ETA to full charge". Likewise, the other filed could be "ETA to full discharge". One can estimate this based on timestamping the 100% and when it reaches 99% charge get the system clock and timestamp that value. Using simple math one can compute the rate of discharge and estimate time remaining. Since the rate of discharge can be variable based on cpu and hardware loading one will have to recompute the estimated time remaining. see www.passmark.com batterymon program. It gives the data that speccy should, along with a graph showing discharge or charging of the battery. Speccy can do the graphing if this option was added. Moreover, the battery has an internal count of the number of recharge cycles. Usually when it reaches 300 recharges, (or about two years), the batteries need to be replaced. Thus one should be able to read the battery pack via the smbus and read this count along with other prestored date in the internal battery pack flash chip that would be of interest to the user of Speccy. Moreover, the program "speedfan", shows a "temp1" value. Their usage of this by them is that it means the ACPI temperature. That is this is the temperature of the battery pack or any of the power electronics (if it has temp probes).
  6. Well, the other interpretation of this value is hexadecimal with the 'h' on the end to denote it as such. Hence, this could have been a mistake in displaying the data when one meant to display it as ASCII. Therefore, "1d1" could've been the hexadecimal value and the 'h' on the end marking it has hexadecimal.
  7. System is Windows XP home with a western digital pata laptop drive. Here are the latest problem with v2.8.373. The temperature in the health tab is reported in Celsius under the "Real value" column although I selected the temp to be reported in Fahrenheit which is displayed in the temperature position to the left of this table. Thus, correct the unit-of-measure to be Fahrenheit in the "Real value" column if one selects Fahrenheit. Both temp values should match unit-of-measure wise. The other problem is the power on hours. Why does it show 1d1h and not in decimal here for 'h' hours. Unless 1d1h means "1 day" and "1 hour"??
  8. The current version of ccleaner allows one to enable/disable and delete startup programs. a). Ccleaner doesn't allow one to edit a startup program to correct a directory path that changed. .Ccleaner doesn't allow one to add a startup program with directory path and program specified by the user. c). CCleaner doesn't show startup programs where the key and the program name are blank or null. I had to use other programs that showed me this so that I could delete these bogus startup programs that I didn't know were there. See this tool which does what I need, but where this functionality should be part of ccleaners startup tool. http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
  9. The problem of where to put the page file either at the beginning, the middle or the end of the drive partition would be ok if it was a fixed size. however, here are the issues to resolve, a). The Windows Operating system allows one to change the page file size manually. Moreover, the page file size on disk is chosen typically to be 2x the maximum amount of memory currently installed in the PC, but is limited by the amount of disk storage available. Thus i.e if memory is 8 gigs, but the HDD is 4 gigs then the page file size has to be chosen such that it fits on the HDD. This isn't so much an issue for PCs today. b ). the other problem is when the HDD has sector failures. It could be the few bad sectors are in the beginning, middle or end of the drive. The HDD would remap a good sector in and thus the drive head would have to jump to the good sector and then back to where the other ones are to continue it's paging operations. I'd like the MFT and page file to reside together too, but one must consider the other factors mentioned above too.
  10. I have Windows XP Home and Defraggler v2.07.346. Here are the problems with drive health status and the type of drive information being posted. A). Allow one to click on the drive temperature so that it displays in Fahrenheit. If one clicks the temperature again it changes to Celisus. Thus for every click on the temperature, it switches back and forth between Fahrenheit/Celisus. I presume if the temperature starts going up, that at a medium temperature the color changes to "yellow" and when it goes above the safe manufacturers spec, it changes to "red". . I have a Western Digital USB My Passport Essential SE which is is USB 2.0 only. The info on the labels of the case show the following PN#, and SN#. Western Digitals latest smartware s/w v1.5.1.6 shows the following SN# and Firmware # which was upgraded today using Western Digitals Firmware Updater v3.1.0.11. It will download from the internet the latest firmware which upgraded mine from v2.011 to v2.019 (the firmware version downloaded depends on the label on the back of the case or the PN# ending in "-00" vs. "-01". I also have another USB2.0/3.0 which end in "-01" so the firmware version upgraded from v1.003 to v1.007). Here is my drive labels for the USB2.0 only drive: PN#: WDBABM0010BBK-00, SN#: WX31A70S4014T, revision/release # R/N: B9B Here is what the WD Smartware software says it is: SN# WX31A70S4014 (it drops the 'T' although when one registers the drive using this s/w, the return email from WD shows the missing 'T') This is a bug in the smartware s/w v1.5.1.6 Firmware #: 2.019 Here is what defraggler reports in the current version under health: SN#:WD-WX31A70S4014 (defraggler drops the 'T' also, Thus increase the character length from 12 to 13 for the info being displayed.) PN#: WDC WD10TMVV-11BG7S0 (where is Defraggler getting this PN? It doesn't match the one on my drive label) Firmware #: 01.01A01 (This is wrong. Where is Defraggler getting this firmware #?) C). A similiar problem on my new My Passport Essential SE USB2.0/3.0 occurs between the Drives label, the smartware version vs what Defraggler reports. D). I also have a compaq internal 80Gig Western Digital IDE drive on a V5306US laptop model. I know the drive is nearing its end-of-life due to the number of sector reallocates. However, Western Digitals tool called "Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows" states that it is a "fail" for this drive because of the Smart drive health info being reported. If I look at the info being reported here is what it shows, for current/worst and threshold. The value is 140 for all of these. Their tools highlights the Current value in red; however, defraggler shows the drive is good. Moreover, the latest version of WD's smartware tool shows the drive as passing when one runs their quick diag test. So is the drive out of sectors to rellocate or not? I presume the reason why the various s/w programs give different results is because it is on the border (but has not crossed it) due the values equaling the threshold value. E). Since defraggler shows poweron count and hours as data for informational purposes, can you also extract and show the sector reallocates values as a threshold in various colors of green/yellow/red to designate to the user that the drive may be approaching its end-of-life before catastrophe occurs? I presume you also color code the displayed SMART data to show the user what data may cause the drive to fail. F) It would be nice to have defraggler run in the background defragging based on low processor loads similar to what www.iobit.com s/w called smartdefrag v2.2.x can do? Moreover, they can analyze and defrag multiple drives simultaneously vs. just one at a time. Defraggler should have this capability too!
  11. To bad, the current version doesn't support windows 2000. I too have this OS and was trying to update it from the one around June 2010. I just downloaded the last one supported for w2k as v1.21.209. I also have all of these OS', W2K, XP, Vista, Win7 and MACOS. Moreover, non-of my computers are connected to the internet so security issues aren't a big issue. They are used for old and new application development and interoperability testing for apps that need to work together in a multi-MSoft OS environment. Now, for Unix and Linux... that is a different issue and piriform doesn't support the Unix's. Be aware that piriforms'other software products still support to this day windows 2000. I.E. Recuva, and CCleaner thank god!! Just not, Defraggler. Hmmm.....!
  12. Hmmm, I guess what you are doing is mounting a disk(s) onto directories on another disk to make only one drive look like a bigger drive. I wonder if defraggers in general are smart enough to handle this. This raises another question on defragging Software and Hardware RAID disks which also allow one to combine multiple drives to look like one hard drive to the user and OS. I.E. Logical Volumes vs. physical Volumes. Can defraggers handle this scenario too?
  13. Maybe it's something simple and its in the recycle bin? http://www.officerecovery.com/freeundelete/ http://undelete-plus.com/ http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk http://www.runtime.org/ called getbackdata first 5 files recovered are free. Be careful not to install this software on the disk drive you are trying to undelete files from. since it may use the data blocks on the disk thinking they are free to use, but it may be the locations of the datablocks of the file you are trying to recover.
  14. Assuming the safeboot file was moved somewhere on the disk and the MBR doesn't know where it is you may want to consider the following. There are disk editors out there (i.e. Acronis Disk Director) or free ones which allow one to do a raw edit of the disk track by track and sector by sector. The data could be displayed in raw mode or hex mode. Thus, one starts at location zero where the MBR is at to find out where it thinks the disk drive sector location is for the safeboot file. Then reading the directory structures, one locates the safeboot file and reads the starting disk location of where it currently is at. Now that one knows the current location, one can modify the MBR data entry with this new location so that when you save and exit it will now know were to go. A Problem with the above method. Because the drive is encrypted, the raw data that you see in the editor will also will be scrambled/encrypted and perhaps the data too for the MBR. Hence the above method will not work for encrypted drives, but only for those that don't have it which then makes the safeboot file problem not a problem since one wouldn't have it installed if the disk wasn't encrypted. Maybe another way is to, a). bootup a second disk that has it's operating system encrypted with the same set of keys. b ). since both the new bootable OS and the non-Bootable disk use the same set of keys, one could (maybe) mount the non-bootable drive onto the good OS that was booted. c). Since the same keys are used and maybe encrypted the same way, one could see all the files that are important (i.e. company, personal files) and copy them off the mounted drive onto the good drive. After this is done one could just unmount it since one has all the important data. d). after doing this, one could just reformat the other bad drive or continue with the new one. The above are some possible thoughts that may work, or the only recourse is the vendor to help out. Note: Before doing any of the above, I would suggest imaging the bad drives data and saving it on another drive. Do the playing around of the bad OS, and should it not work or you do something wrong, you'd still have the copy of the original bad disk drive as a disk image which could be restored back to the drive to keep playing around forever.
  15. The latest version of defraggler doesn't display the names for removable drives given to them. What it displays for each drive that is removable is the word "removable disk" with the corresponding drive letter. Thus the word " 31/2 Floppy Drive", or "Zip Drive" or any name given to flash drives aren't shown in defraggler. One thing that really works in defraggler vs. other defragmentation software is that it shows all removable disk drives i.e. floppies, zip, flash in the list and when no disk is inserted, it shows zero bytes with the filesystem "unknown". If one tries to force a defrag on this drive, a popup is displayed telling one it can't do it. Othe defraggers just ignore removable drives or just crash. So defraggler does this properly...
  16. Ok, tested 618 CCleaner on windows 2k pro sp4 and the list of MSoft hotfixes do showup, however, the security , updates and service packs don't. For .NET and msmxl hotfixes and service packs, they show up. My guess is CCleaner isn't pointing to the correct registry entries for either MSoft XP or 2K OS' that contain a list of all the hotfixes , updates, security and service pack entries along with their locations on the drive. Can somebody verify this with Vista since I don't have that OS. I'll try to check with a friend to see if this works who has it.
  17. Hey! it took me 16 hrs 20 min and 10 secs.... to do a 750 gig drive and 40 gig drive in total.
  18. The latest version of CCleaner doesn't list updates, servicepacks, hotfixes etc for any MSoft product such as the OS, Office etc. Thus, I can't remove any of them and must use MSofts add/remove program to do so. This may apply to other programs to from MSoft. Moreover, it doesn't show "hidden" program files so that I may remove them too. Total uninstaller will show these, but not CCleaner. System is win xp pro sp3. I'll try win 2k pro sp4 this weekend. Vista sp1 ???? correction: .NET service packs and hotfixes along with msxml ones do show, just no others such as OS or Office patches show up.
  19. I've installed the latest-n-greatest defraggler on my win xp pro sp3 system. Here are some comments. 1). The slowness of defragging is most likely due to defraggler trying to do a "defrag and optimize" whereby it tries to compact files as tight as they will go so that there is very little empty space between the files. Whereas when I defrag the files from the "file list" it is very fast since it is only defragging a known list of fragmented files and doesn't try to optimize the disk space usage. Moreover, optimizing the files may look good, but it doesn't take very long to start fragmenting the file system again since for the few data block that are available/scattered within the defragged filesystem, any file stored will put chunks of the file all over the disk and amongst the available data blocks. Suggestions: a). Give me a radio checkbox option for "defrag files" and another for "defrag and optimize". This will will allow me to defrag my files for maximum speed and then I can select the "defrag and optimize" occasionally when I have more time. b ). Give me an option to defrag multiple drives at the same time on a single or multiple core CPU. This will speed up my defragging. along with defragging FAT16/FAT32 filesystems besides NTFS ones on the Win95 thru Vista. c). Give me an option to select which drives to defrag and at what time. This will use the windows scheduler without me having to do it outside of defraggler. d). Give me an option to run defraggler out of systray that utilizes a user setting as to when to stop defragging based on cpu loading. This setting is a cpu load percentage so that when it excedes it, it will pause defragging and start again when below this setting. Thus the disk will be defragged in the background when the cpu is idle so the user doesn't have to manually initiate it. An alternative is to defrag the disk whereby the program is a service and a client interacts with the service to tell it what to do. See dirms from dirms.com as an example. See IOBIT.com for the iobit defragger as an example of cpu loading and systray defragging. e). Give me an option to exclude files and certain files that excede a user specified file size by using a sliding bar setting. f). Give me an option to defrag on bootup vs. when I'm logged in and manually start defragging. Note: The auto defrag based on cpu loading would be available too. g). Give me an option to defrag removable drives such as USB and Zip drives and recognize that the disk or flash disk is inserted or not. h). Give me a user option to defrag and group files together based on their last access time vs. current time. Note: Since most OS/program files are updated infrequently, they will have very old access dates and once defragged they will be grouped together on the disk thus require very little moving around on the disk. The same can be said for file types such as dll, exe, com, inf, and other file types which change very little vs. others such as .doc, xls, txt, tmp etc. ;thus, defrag based on file type grouping. i). Give me the ability to defrag huge files (That is multi-gigabyte files of 20Gigs plus since they are disk images) when the amount of free space on the disk drive they reside on is very small i.e. less than five gigs. The defragging of the file can be done over time (multiple defrag runs) so that over time the file is defragged. Perhaps defrag the file in-place. Currently I have this problem whereby all defragging software quits saying there is not enough free space. My drive is 40 gigs with a 25gig file and another of 10 gigs leaving 5 gigs free. Some defraggers work with at least 1 percent of the disk drive available, but they don't specify the maximum filesize that can be defragged under these circumstances. An option to do this is to use RAM Disk to read in part of the file being defragged, defrag this portion and rewrite the defragged copy to disk and then read the next data block in and repeat til the file is fully defragged.
  20. Im using windows 2k pro sp4 and I have xp sp3 too. I know about ccleaners startup window to enable/disable programs. I could use msconfig too, but CCleaner is more convenient since it's a one-stop tool. Now that startup has been added to CCleaner, I'd like the capability to control services. Yes I know about services.msc, but then I'd like only one tool to get to them to enable/disable them. Moreover, MSoft windows and the services.msc don't give the capability to delete services. I need to do this easily for those leftover services from various s/w products that don't remove their own stuff when I uninstall the s/w. I must always research the command line program that lists the services and the command to delete them which always takes time. Moreover, HiJackThis allows one to delete a service on the next reboot, but one should be able to delete a service knowing that it will not restart itself like a virus service would. It'd be nice to have CCleaner also do deletes on reboot too!!!! Moreover, HiJackThis doesn't provide a window that lists services, so I must go into Windows and get the service name and then switch back to HiJackThis to delete it. It'd be nice for CCleaner to get the list and display the service names to be so I can check the ones I want to delete or delete on reboot.
  21. Hi, Can you add the ability to clean out unwanted "services" from Microsoft windows 2k,xp,vista etc using CCleaner? Alot of times if one uninstalls software programs, they don't uninstall the service they started. A good example of this is Nero (for CD/DVD's) since the windows services they install aren't removed. I'm not talking about Services that MSoft installs but only those applications that have their own. One might even want to just enable/disable them without installing similar to the windows startup programs that CCleaner can now manage. Thanks.
  22. I've installed the latest version of recuva on a win xp pro sp2 with patches and it doesn't have the problem when one clicks on the plus sign to expand the "My Computer" or C drive option when you select the recuva option called under "other location." However, this laptop doesn't have a removable zip drive. It also has a link to a network drive that I'm not connected at present so this eliminates this as a possible cause. Also this laptop has a CD/DVD drive which doesn't have a disk in it right now, so this cause is eliminated. So the possibilities are, a). Recuva tries to scan an internal zip drive wthat has no zip disk inserted thus causing the problem. I'll remove the cable to this drive to see if this goes away on my Win 2K Pro Sp4 machine. b ). The tower system with the win 2k pro sp4 plus patches is a dual boot system. The first primary partition is a 2 gig MSDOS system, with the remaining logical drives being NTFS and the first logical partition contains the Win 2K PRO SP4 OS. Can recuva handle dual boot systems or in other words a disk that has partitions that are a combination of FAT16 (MSDOS), FAT32 (Windows 95/98...), and NTFS? What if the disk partition has been encrypted whereby the filesystem resides upon this encrypted layer? If it can, can it recover deleted files on a disk that uses MSoft's file/disk encryption or third party software like TrueCrypt or Encryption Plus from PCGuardian? Note: My Windows 2K PRO SP4 is not encrypted presently, but will be in the future.
  23. The capability to recover deleted/damage disk partitions that are physical, logical, and dynamic partitions and raid arrays.
  24. Version 1.12.291 of recuva generates exceptions whereby the title of the window is "no disk". It is installed on Win 2K Pro SP4 and an IBM intel P4 processor system. When I specify that I want to select "other location" by browsing a list of drives, it pops up a windows that shows a directory tree structure that shows "desktop", "My Documents", "MY Computer" .... like Windows Explorer does. The problem occurs when I select the '+' graphic symbol under "My Computer" to expand the list of drives to select from. It is at this point that it generates popup windows with the window title of "no disk". Sometimes it is a few exception popups and sometimes alot more. After hitting "canceL" for each one, it displays the expanded list of drives. A possible reason for the above popups with exceptions for "My Computer" is because my computer has an IDE Zip 250Meg drive installed, but there is no removable disk installed in it. Of course the floppy and CD/DVD drives don't have a disk in them either. I also have a network drive entry assigned that will reconnect upon login, but when the error occurred, I wasn't at work which has this network drive. All exception information is written to the event logs. Note: Will "recuva" eventually get the funtionality to recover accidentally deleted partitions both logical anad physical with dynamic/raid disks in the future? Note: deleted partitions wasn't the cause of the problem.
  25. Things to add that are missing. a). The capability to view firewall exceptions for cleanup in a layout similar to add/remove progs. Mark all firewall exceptions that are enabled/disabled with an indicator telling me that the application associated with an exception can't be found. Reason: I removed Nero 7 Sipps using Nero clean. It left the firewall exception called "phone" enabled in the firewall although the Nero Sipps software had been removed. Thus, the security audit event logs for the OS software keeps recording the firewall exception in the logs althouh the application has been deleted. category: Place this functionality in CCleaner under the add/remove and startup screens as Firewall Exception cleanup. b ). The capability to view startup files that are enabled/disabled by marking startup entries whereby the application doesn't exist since it was deleted. Reason: I removed Nero all together using Nero cleanup, but it didn't remove some startup entries although the application doesn't exist anymore. category: Place this functionality in CCleaner under the current startup display button. c). The capability to view and remove leftover services that haven't been removed from the startup list although the application has been removed. reason: I removed Nero using nero cleanup, however, the Nero indexing service wasn't removed although the application was removed. Another variation is that the service was removed, but the application wasn't. Category: Place this functionality in the CCleaner under the add/remove and startup display area as another button called Services. d). the capability to view and remove leftover BHO objects for the browser although the files associated with the browser have been removed. Reason: Various BHO's i.e. googletoolbar have leftover BHO's although the files were deleted. HiJackthis will show such missing info which it can remove, but I'd prefer all such cleanup of leftovers in one tool. Category: Place this functionality in CCleaner under the add/remove, start display screen area as a button called BHO's. Note: Active X objects may fall under this area too.
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