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  1. Is there a lite version of CCleaner that just scans and removes and does not do real-time monitoring?

    I have several monitoring things installed already (Windows Defender, Avast Antivirus, WinPatrol) but like how CCleaner works. Having CCleaner installed too makes my Windows 10 very slow.


  2. Request for help with CCleaner and Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird custom profile locations:

     

    Here are the default install locations for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.

    (On my PC, that's where they are.)

     

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird

     

    Here are the default locations for their profile.ini files. (Windows 2000/XP)

    (On my PC, that's where they are, and they are probably also here even if the programs were installed in custom locations.)

     

    C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\profiles.ini

    C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Thunderbird\profiles.ini

     

    Here are the default locations for their profiles. (Windows 2000/XP)

     

    C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[profilename]

    C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\[profilename]

     

    But my profiles are stored in custom locations on another hard drive. These custom locations are indicated in the profiles.ini files.

     

    L:\AdminFX\[profilename]

    L:\AdminTB\[profilename]

     

    Here are my customized profile.ini files.

     

    IsRelative=0 means that the profiles are not stored in the default location

    IsRelative=1 means that the profiles are stored in the default location

    Default=1 indicates the last profile opened or used

     

    My profiles.ini for Firefox

    [General]

    StartWithLastProfile=0

     

    [Profile0]

    Name=Ocean

    IsRelative=0

    Path=L:\AdminFX\Ocean

    Default=1

     

    [Profile1]

    Name=Test1

    IsRelative=0

    Path=L:\AdminFX\Test1

    My profiles.ini for Thunderbird

    [General]

    StartWithLastProfile=0

     

    [Profile0]

    Name=Mail

    IsRelative=0

    Path=L:\AdminTB\Mail

    Default=1

     

    [Profile1]

    Name=News

    IsRelative=0

    Path=L:\AdminTB\News

     

    Can something be written for me so that CCleaner can clean the normal Firefox/Thunderbird entries which are in winapp.ini and those in winapp2.ini?

     

    There may be people who have installed Firefox/Thunderbird to custom locations. That would be another issue. Here are some examples.

     

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla\Firefox

     

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla\Mozilla Thunderbird

    C:\Program Files\Mozilla\Thunderbird

     

    Note: I briefly mentioned something about this in the Suggestions thread, but this post is much more detailed.


  3. 1. Empty folders are needed for some apps to function correctly, and some files should not be cleaned.

     

    NOD32 is one app that will not work properly if you let CCleaner "clean" it. Scan histories cannot be saved. CCleaner removes a folder and .dat files that NOD32 needs, and the only way to fix this seems to be a complete uninstall and reinstall of NOD32. Simply re-creating the folder doesn't help once the .dat files are gone. Registry Mechanic is another app that doesn't work properly after CCleaner "cleans" it.

     

    2. A warning should definitely be added to hotfix uninstallers.

     

    3. Do not allow CCleaner to format drives, unless it's only for floppy disks.

     

    4. If your Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird profiles are stored in another location than the default (on another hard drive, for instance), CCleaner may not be able to find them to clean them unless CCleaner can read the profiles.ini files for both apps. Can this be done? (A new thread was created to deal specifically with that issue.) Similarly, if you installed Firefox/Thunderbird to a different directory than the default, CCleaner may not be able to find the right files and directories to clean them.

     

    5. The auto-update feature would be great, similar to how X-Cleaner (or X-Cleaner Deluxe) updates itself.

     

    6. Thanks for adding the progress bar to the main scanning area and the issues scanning area.

     

    This thread began in 2004. It is now 2006, and some of the suggestions herein have already been added to CCleaner. It would be nice if a mod or admin could go through this thread and mark which ideas have been implemented so far, are planned for future versions, or will not be implemented. Or maybe a cover page or summary page can be added as the first post in this thread. Then the mods/admins could simply keep updating that first post as new features are added/planned. It is just a thought.


  4. ATTENTION ADMINISTRATORS: Please remove NOD32 from CCleaner and Winapp2.ini.

     

    When NOD32 is checked in CCleaner, CCleaner removes critical .dat files that cause NOD32 to function improperly. Once those .dat files are gone, NOD32 can no longer save scans, threats, and events to logs, and this causes several problems...especially if you're in cleaning mode and you don't have 'copy to quarantine' selected. A short explanation is here. There are numerous other problems I didn't mention, but this is enough to support my point.

     

    http://forum.ccleaner.com/index.php?showtopic=3876

     

    Now it may not just be the .dat files. Certain registry entries may also contribute to the problem. Don't ask me which ones. All I know is that the only way to fix my NOD32 to get log files working again after CCleaner 'cleaned' it was to uninstall and reinstall NOD32.


  5. I think that CCleaner is the reason for my problem. Ever since I installed the latest beta I've been having this issue. I have added NOD's setting registry keys to my exclusion list on my cleaner , so I know it is not the problem.

     

     

    I agree.

     

    NOD32 SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ADDED TO CCLEANER OR WINAPP2.INI!!!

    It should be removed from both!!!

     

    DO NOT let CCleaner 'clean' NOD32!!!

     

    If you have other cleaning software, please do not let it clean anything from NOD32. You won't be able to view scan logs or save future scans to log. If the .dat files get deleted, nothing will show up when you go to Logs > Threat Logs, Logs > Event Logs, or Logs > NOD32 Scanner Logs. Make sure there is at least one scan in those NOD32's .dat files at all times.

     

    The only known fix once the .dat files are gone is to uninstall and reinstall NOD32 to get the logs working again. Simply unchecking NOD32 from CCleaner will not fix the problem, but you must still uncheck it so that the problem does not happen again. Do this before you uninstall NOD32. Then uninstall NOD32 and reboot. Manually delete the C:\Program Files\Eset folder if it remains. Reboot again. Then reinstall NOD32. The logs should be working again.

     

    Do not let anything clean NOD32's .dat files!


  6. hey i just felt like giving nod32 a try and everything seems great except the annoying splash screen at the startup i have not looked at any settings yet but is there a way to disable this?

     

     

    Yes.

     

    NOD32 v2.5

    1. NOD32 System Tools -> NOD32 System Setup -> General.

    2. Check 'Do not display splash screen at startup'.


  7. FreshDownload

     

    http://www.freshdownload.com

    http://www.freshdevices.com

     

    I think this is the best free download manager. Some places claim it has adware or spyware, but it does not (perhaps earlier versions did, but current versions are clean).

     

    It integrates with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It works with Windows XP SP2. You can choose which columns to display, customize colors and fonts, even add a background picture. Many settings & options are available.


  8. Try these two fixes first, one at a time.

     

    Restore Taskbar and Desktop to Default Functionality (Line 164)

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

     

    Restore Taskbar to default settings (Line 99)

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

     

    If neither solves the problem, try this.

     

    Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

     

    Be very careful using this tool. Set a System Restore point first.

     

    This tool is not for beginners. There are many advanced options. You may need administrative rights. There is no installer. Just copy the program to a folder (such as C:\TOOLS) and run it from there. Use it only to solve your problem, and then delete it.


  9. CCleaner Unofficial Tutorial

     

    How to Clear the Tray Notifications Cache in Windows XP :)

     

     

    PART 1 - Frequently Asked Questions

     

    What are Tray Notifications, and what is the Tray Notifications Cache?

    Tray notifications are user-defined behaviors that you can set for each item that appears in the System Tray. Keep reading to learn how you can change those settings. The Tray Notifications Cache is where Windows stores this information. Tray items are only added to the cache. They are auto-detected by Windows and are never removed unless the user clears the cache manually. After a time, the cache will contain many obsolete software entries.

     

    Where are the Tray Notifications settings located in Windows XP, and how can I change or customize them?

    1. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and select Properties.

    2. Go to the Taskbar tab and click the Customize button.

    - You will see a very long list of programs, including some that are no longer installed.

    3. For each item in the list, you can select one of three behaviors. "Hide when inactive" is the default setting, but you can choose to "Always show" an item in the system tray or "Always hide" it.

    4. To change the behavior of an item, click on the dropdown list in the Behavior column for that item to select your choice.

    5 Then click OK to save your custom settings, click Apply on the Taskbar Properties, and then click OK to close Taskbar Properties.

     

    Where is the Tray Notifications Cache setting located in CCleaner?

    You can find it on the Windows tab in the Advanced category.

     

    What does the CCleaner Online Help say about clearing the Tray Notifications Cache?

    The "official" CCleaner Online Help for this feature can be found here and here. The section for Tray Notifications Cache appears below.

     

    Tray Notifications Cache

    In Windows XP the System Tray (the set of icons next to the clock in the bottom-right corner) orders and hides items automatically for you. Whilst this is useful, it records a list of every program that has been run from the tray. This option clears the list of previous programs and removes any custom display/hide options. (Warning: This won't have any affect until you manually restart the explorer process from the Task Manager.)

    What is CCleaner's warning message about clearing the Tray Notifications Cache?

    The message states "System tray cache will be reset, you need to restart the explorer.exe process."

     

    The Online Help and the warning message mention restarting explorer.exe. What does that mean?

    It means that you will need to perform additional steps with the Windows Task Manager after using CCleaner, or the tray cache will not be cleared. Those steps will be outlined later in Part 2 of this tutorial. See the next question to learn what clearing the tray cache will do to your system.

     

    What will clearing the Tray Notifications Cache do to my system?

    * It removes ALL current and past items that have ever appeared in your system tray, including references to programs that are no longer installed.

    * It removes ALL your custom notifications for each item ("Always show," "Always hide," or "Hide when inactive")

    * It gives you a fresh clean list of current items.

     

    You will have to manually set the notifications again the way that you want them for each item in the list. Since the list is very short now, this should not take very long. If you follow the proper procedures to clear the cache, there should be no ill effects in Windows or any of your programs. :)

     

     

    PART 2 - Clearing the Cache: Step-by-Step Instructions

     

    1. Close as many open programs as you can, including those on the Windows taskbar and the System Tray.

    - You can leave your firewall enabled if you like, but temporarily disable your antivirus and security programs. (If, however, you have a firewall suite that includes antivirus, you may wish to disable it for this procedure.) This can prevent some error messages and will give you fewer running programs to worry about when you get to the Task Manager steps.

    2. Open CCleaner and go to the Windows tab.

    3. Go to the Advanced catagory, and place a check mark in the box for Tray Notifications Cache.

    - If you have warnings enabled, then the warning message will display at this point.

    4. Select any other cleaning options you would like to perform on the Windows tab and the Applications tab.

    5. Click the Analyze button, if desired, to review the list of items that will be cleaned.

    6. Click the Run Cleaner button to clean your system, and then click OK. If desired, click Run Cleaner again and click OK.

    - Sometimes it is good to clean twice for good measure. :)

    7. Close CCleaner.

    8. Open the Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del.

    9. Scroll down the list of running programs and select explorer.exe.

    - There should only be one instance of explorer.exe, but if there are two, you must disable them both. See Step 10.

    10. Click the End Process button. You will get a warning message. Say Yes to acknowledge it.

    - The taskbar, start menu, and all desktop icons will disappear. :( (Do not panic. This is normal. ) :)

    11. On the File menu of the Windows Task Manager, select New Task.

    12. Type explorer.exe or C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe in the box. Then click OK.

    - The taskbar, start menu, and desktop icons will reappear. :)

    13. Close Windows Task Manager.

    14. Right-click anywhere on the desktop, and select Refresh.

    15. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar, and select Properties.

    16. On the Taskbar tab, click the Customize button. You will see a very short list of system tray items. Your system tray has been reset.

    17. IMPORTANT: Immediately reboot your computer. When Windows restarts, make sure your firewall and all security programs are enabled. Turn on any that are still disabled, so that you can once again be protected. :)

    18. Go into Taskbar Properties (see FAQ above) and enter your custom tray notification settings the way that you want them for each item in the list.

     

    That's it! :)

     

     

    PART 3 - Reference

     

    Windows XP Professional Product Documentation

    - What's new in Windows XP --> What's new topics --> What's new on your desktop --> Taskbar notification area overview

    Microsoft TechNet: Usability Improvements in Windows XP for Knowledge Workers

    - Taskbar Grouping and Notification Area Enhancements

    Microsoft Knowledge Base

    - Windows System Tray Icons (KB310578)

    - How to Clear Past Items from the Notification Area (KB283084)

     

    Disclaimer: Mr. G is the developer of CCleaner and holds the copyrights to the program. This tutorial was written by seamaiden. Seamaiden is not affiliated with CCleaner in any way, other than being a user who loves the program. :)


  10. [Downloaded Installations]

    LangSecRef=3025

    DetectFile=%windir%\Downloaded Installations

    Default=True

    FileKey1=%windir%\Downloaded Installations|*.*|RECURSE

    Above is an entry from winapp2.ini for Downloaded Installations. In Windows XP, there are two folders within the C:\WINDOWS directory that have similar names.

     

    C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Installations

    - Installed .msi files (Windows Installer Packages) downloaded from the Internet as Updates for installed programs

    - The .msi files are arranged in folders by CLSID (Class Identifier) number.

    - What effect would deleting this file's contents have? Will these programs fail to update properly in the future if you delete these .msi files?

    Downloaded .msi Files

     

    {0F5BF410-4D79-4DBE-AF54-C3271D47D4BD} (Microsoft Antispyware)

    {15C81BF0-2378-457F-84D4-77387692FF47} (Microsoft Antispyware)

    {26DFC456-AA4C-4DA8-A806-2B9490312CD8} (B.I.S.S. Hosts Manager) [bluetack Hosts Manager]

    {30D8B6AE-57E3-4F3D-85B6-59BEB24DAD42} (PKZIP for Windows 8.0)? [not installed]

    {78CB0701-6520-4FAE-99CE-20DE50BEF25C} (Microsoft Antispyware)

    {868A58CD-3761-4EEF-802C-DF7104574CE7} (Highmat Extension to Microsoft Windows XP CD Writing Wizard)

    {3587B1CB-CCD3-43BF-91CD-DB42A70494B8} (Microsoft Antispyware)

    {A3D02521-EF72-4B99-8BDF-38D198018159} (B.I.S.S. Hosts Manager) [bluetack Hosts Manager]

    {DF2E8A41-7E98-427D-9582-7D2EAF44F827} (Microsoft Antispyware)

    - I am extremely hesitant to erase anything in Downloaded Installations, because I do not know what effect it will have on my installed programs -- both now and when I try to update them in the future.

    - PKZIP has never been installed on my computer, so I do not know why it shows up here. Perhaps that one can be deleted, but I'm not sure of the others.

    - On the other hand, if all can be safely deleted without detrimental effect to my installed programs (Microsoft Antispyware, B.I.S.S. Hosts Manager, CD Writing Wizard), then I can recover 40MB of disk space.

     

    C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files

    - Installed ActiveX controls downloaded from the Internet

    Installed ActiveX Controls

     

    PCPitstop-Tracks-Checker (PCPitstop Tracks Checker)

    {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility)

    {166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000} (Shockwave ActiveX Control)

    {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} (Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool)

    {32305793-C19A-48E7-AD2F-D87FF7B264A4} (TenebrilSpywareScanner Control)

    {4B48D5DF-9021-45F7-A240-60304302A215} (Malicious Software Removal Tool)

    {5D86DDB5-BDF9-441B-9E9E-D4730F4EE499} (BDSCANONLINE Control)

    {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class)

    {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class)

    {8AD9C840-044E-11D1-B3E9-00805F499D93} (Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0)

    {9732FB42-C321-11D1-836F-00A0C993F125} (mhLabel Class)

    {9F1C11AA-197B-4942-BA54-47A8489BB47F} (? ? ? ? ? ?? )? [Windows Update]

    {A8658086-E6AC-4957-BC8E-8D54A7E8A790} (GDIChk Object)

    {B38870E4-7ECB-40DA-8C6A-595F0A5519FF} (MsnMessengerSetupDownloadControl Class)

    {BB21F850-63F4-4EC9-BF9D-565BD30C9AE9} (ASquaredScanForm Element)

    {CAFEEFAC-0015-0000-0002-ABCDEFFEDCBA} (Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0)

    {EFAEF0E4-F044-4D57-9900-1C3FF18524C9} (AV Class)

    - Deleting this file's contents in Downloaded Program Files could be potentially disastrous because it would wipe out all your ActiveX controls!


  11. I did a search for index.dat on my computer as you suggested. There is no index.dat file in PCHealth, and I do not have a C:\I386 folder. The only index.dat files on C:\ (including system folders, hidden files and folders, and subfolders) are:

     

    C:\Windows\Cookies

    C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\UserData\index.dat

    C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet

    Files\index.dat

    C:\Documents and Settings\Local Service\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat

    C:\Documents and Settings\Local Service\Local Settings\Temp\Cookies\index.dat

    C:\Documents and Settings\Local Service\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat

    C:\Program Files\jv16 Power Tools 20005\Backups\xxxxxx\index.dat

    C:\Program Files\RegSupreme Pro\Backups\xxxxxx\index.dat

     

    If there are supposed to be index.dat system files in other places, then I do not have them. Running XP Pro SP2.


  12. In CCleaner 1.23.160, each Windows XP user can choose their own cleaning options. Here is a partial example.

     

    User A

    Y - Temporary Internet Files

    Y - Cookies

    Y - History

    Y - Recently Typed urls

    Y - Delete Index.dat files

    Y - Last Download Location

    Y - Autocomplete Form History

    Y - Search Assistant Autocomplete

    Y - Empty Recycle Bin

    Y - User Assist History

    Y - Custom Folders (C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Recent)

     

    User B

    Y - Temporary Internet Files

    Y - Cookies

    Y - History

    Y - Recently Typed urls

    Y - Delete Index.dat files

    N - Last Download Location

    N - Autocomplete Form History

    Y - Search Assistant Autocomplete

    N - Empty Recycle Bin

    Y - User Assist History

    N - Custom Folders

     

    Considerations:

     

    - Limited users do not have access rights to remove some entries.

    - Administrators have full access.


  13. My old laptop has Windows 95a. It is Pentium I with 90MHz and 24MB RAM. Is there any version of CCleaner that will work on it? It has Windows Updates including the following.

     

    - comctl32.dll

    - DCOM 1.3

    - DUN 1.4

    - DX 8.0a

    - HTML Help Update (.chm) 1.4

    - Internet Explorer 5.00

    - Internet Explorer High Encryption Pack

    - msvcrt.dll

    - VB6 runtimes

    - Windows Installer 2.0

    - Winsock2 and Y2K update


  14. I also wish that CCleaner had an EXCLUSIONS feature. That way you could keep Temporary Files checked, and it would remove everything in that folder EXCEPT the things you want to keep.

     

    Example 1:

     

    Delete all Temporary Files EXCEPT for...

     

    %userprofile%/Local Settings/Temp/[foldername]

    %userprofile%/Local Settings/Temp/Desktop.ini

     

    Example 2:

     

    Delete all Recent Files EXCEPT for...

     

    %userprofile%/Recent/Desktop.ini

     

    A similar EXCLUSIONS feature for the registry would also be nice. It would clean everything in a particular key EXCEPT for certain values.

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