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  1. Changes in v5.45 and your feedback

    - I don't mind that CC wants to collect information on what I have done with the CC program and am actually willing to share quite a lot of information as long as it's done anonymously. - Things like the files and folders that have been selected and perhaps cleaned, content of "Task Scheduler', startup options, installed programs, operating system specifics, content of CC related files (to name a few things). - Of course, when the user has enabled the "Monitoring" feature then it's much easier for CC to collect this kind of data/info. - The reason I don't like the "Monitoring" feature is that I find it (a bit) too "sneaky". I am sure CC won't do anything "bad", has no bad or even criminal intentions. But I fear that then I will put the program to work too soon and without too much thought. Then I fear that the program simply cleans too much and things I don't want to be cleaned (yet). The thought of someone/something "snooping around" simply scares me a bit too much. I simply want to have a certain amount of control over the program and the monitoring feature surely undermines the notion of having that amount of control.
  2. - Right. I saw those 2 registry entries/that behaviour as well. Well, the good folks at Piriform do have "something to work on". - I have used a registry editor many times before, so I know what the dangers are, what can go wrong. I learned that the hard way ;-) - I installed Tweaking's Registry Backup. It makes a copy of the registry (files) upon startup of Windows. I already had a few times when I have gotten into trouble (e.g when fiddling with the registry) and then restoring the regsitry to a previous state (with this program) resolved the problems. (Yes, this was an advertisement but it really has helped me). In those cases there was no need to use the more cumbersome Windows' System Restore feature. So, don't worry, I have a plan B.
  3. Build 5.45.6611

    - Suggestion: Add an option to allow to user to switch off that data collection to be sned.
  4. - Right. I found that registry entry as well. (with the help of ...... CCleaner). - I disabled that entry (with CC) and the CC monitoring feature was running again when I restarted my system today. Seems that CC refreshes/re-enabled that registry entry when one is fiddling with CC.
  5. - Run Antibody's WIZTREE. It will show the size of the "System Volume Information" (SRP) folder in which the data for the SRPs are stored. How does the size of that folder develop over time ? - Even when one deletes all System Restore Points with CCleaner then that one folder won't be fully empty and still can contain GBs of data. - I wouldn't worry too much. When Windows finds out that the amount of free space has become to low it will automatically delete one or more SRPs.
  6. Build 5.45.6611

    - Perhaps this sending of statistics to Piriform is the reason why CC (v5.45) keeps runnng after the user has closed the program ? - I don't mind that CC sends some data/statistics to Piriform to help the developers improve the program. But then CC should ONLY do that when the user shuts down the program. I do hope that this happens INDEPENDENT of the CC monitoring feature (This feature should be fixed). - I know that Defraggler also stores some statistics in a file called "Statistics.bin". Is this file send to Piriform as well ?
  7. - When I started to use my system this morning then the CC tray icon re-emerged, in spite of having disabled the "Monitoring" option the day before. But CC has re-enabled this "Monitoring" option/function.
  8. - Same story here. I just downloaded and installed the latest version minutes ago. Then I disabled the Monitoring option but the CC system tray icon still remains active. Even when I restart the program. - Task Manager on my Win 7 system tells me that CCleaner remains active even when I close CC with monitoring switched off. So, that's where CC seems to go "off the rails". - I also noticed that CC opens/can open a second "CCleaner64.exe" process when I click on the system tray icon for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ......... time. A 3rd thing I noticed is that CPU of the CC process cango up through the roof when I use the tray icon to open CC. Seems that the CC monitoring function is then restarted.
  9. Defraggler Health Status: Warning

    - Your HD had a few "bad spots" and was somehow able to repair those "bad spots" because the value(s) of (at least) 2 SMART attributes are now higher. (#5 & 196). I assume that the HD was somehow able to "repair" those bad sectors and Windows also was able to "repair" itself. - SMART attributes #197 & 198 (2 notorious ones) are still at zero meaning that the HD was able to "repair" itself otherwise those 2 values would have been higher than zero. - I would recommend to make sure that you regularly back up your system especially after this "Warning". And keep looking at your HD with a healthy amount of caution.
  10. Defraggler Health Status: Warning

    - Post another screen shot. I am curious whether something has changed.
  11. Defraggler Health Status: Warning

    - My personal opinion is that one should be very careful with doing a full defrag. It will increase the wear and tear on your HD. On top of that Windows is also set to defrag every once and a while. - I only regularly defrag fragmented files in a few selected folders and have disabled the Windows Defrag. - Some of the SMART values of your HD are no longer at zero. E.g. #5 (Reallocation count) is no longer at zero. And "Spin-Up" time is also (too ?) high. Check this out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T
  12. System restore points are missing

    @LMacri: - When there's too little free diskspace then Windows will delete - AFAIK - all SRPs. - Please do run Antibody's WIZTREE as well (tree view) and make a screenshot of the treeview. - I have 6 SRPs on my Win 7 system but I see no relationship between the 6 SRPs and the amount of subfolders in "System Volume Information". See picture attached. - As said before sometimes when I delete all SRPs then that one folder can still contain GBs of data.
  13. System restore points are missing

    - Run Antibody's Wiztree. The program can pull up the size of the folder called "System Volume Information" in which the data/info for the System Restore Points (SRP) are stored. Even if the user deletes all SRPs (with e.g. CCleaner) then this folder still can contain GBs worth of data. I have come across one example where this folder still contained over 60 GB of data. - One also has to take into account that when the amount of of free disk space is too low for making a new SRP, then Windows will delete one or more or even all SRPs.
  14. - Currently, Microsoft follows the socalled "Monthly Rollup Update" policy for Windows 7 and Windows 8. This policy was introduced in the 2nd half of 2016. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2016/10/07/more-on-windows-7-and-windows-8-1-servicing-changes/ - But now Microsoft is moving to a similar policy for Windows Server 2008 SP 2 as well. See the web-article below, dated june 12, 2018. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/06/12/windows-server-2008-sp2-servicing-changes/ (Is MS going to follow a similar policy for the Server version of Windows 8 ?? What's the name of that version ? Win Server 2012 ??) - My personal opinion is and remains that MS should issue a new Service Pack for Win 7, Win 8 and Win Server 2008. (MS DID issue a second Service Pack for Windows Server 2008 (SP2).) After that MS then can start issueing "Cumulative (Security) Updates" each month. It would make the Windows update procedure/make life for MS and the users of Windows much much easier.
  15. - Question: Doesn't a SSD and a HD have some information stored somewhere in e.g. the firmware that tells the Piriform's software if the storage device is a SSD or a HD ? - I had some problems with a Hitachi Travelstar drive in the past. The documentation for that HD I pulled up from the interent told me that it contained a 512 byte information string. That documentation also told me what the meaning was of each byte & bit that was stored in that information string. https://1drv.ms/b/s!AluvxwylJSzygS-MO-XBZoGZnA40 - I have an external USB 500 GB SSD and Defraggler does correctly recognize it's a SSD.