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  1. So you're saying there is no way for CCleaner to be able to what I've suggested even though it can erase restore points?
  2. Firstly I'll have to admit that it is a very long time since I've had to use a restore point to fix a problem on my PC but, in the past, they have been an absolutely vital safety net when nothing else has worked. CCleaner has always had a built in tool allowing users to delete specific restore points but what I have always wanted was the ability to actually back them up ie. do something it is actually quite difficult to do yourself. Even if you know how to find and access the, by default hidden, System Volume Information (SVI) folder where the restore point information is located you can not, easily, back them up. You may have full admin rights and permissions shown but the seemingly simple act of backing up a restore point is not allowed. It is also not always easy to work out which of the files within the SVI folder are the restore points as they are not identified by the name given when you or the PC create them. There is just a long ID and date shown, a pretty poor clue as to which of that important system folder's contents are the restore points let alone specific ones. The only way I have found to do it is a crude solution: backup the whole SVI folder using a cloning/backup tool like Easeus Todo Backup. I've never had the guts even to test whether that backup even works for fear it might crash the PC. But it has always occurred to me if CCleaner can identify restore points and has permission to delete them why can't it made even more useful and allow you additional restore point management functions, primarily to back them up instead of just deletion? AFAIK know no other tool can do this. There might good reason for that but I just thought if it is possible this would add extra useful functionality to CCleaner.
  3. The reason I found a need for another browser is that my preferred Firefox ESR version, which actually allows all my add-ons/plugins to work as they should, appears now to have become or been made incompatible with a UK catch-up TV channel I use occasionally. I didn't want to update Firefox and I just couldn't get on with swapping to Opera or some of the other browsers I've tried even for that one specific purpose. So I looked around for an alternative which was like Firefox but not Firefox. That's actually what I used for the search terms :). Waterfox was consistently recommended and ticked all the boxes. It is easy to forget which one you're using as it is essentially Firefox as it used to be. All the good old things and, so far, none of the unwanted hassles that came in with Quantum. Most importantly for me it is compatible with that catch up TV channel.
  4. Excellent. Thanks for the confirmation and the information about the correct form for CustomLocation1 in the path.
  5. Recently I downloaded the portable version of Waterfox , a Firefox based browser for those who don't know , and am trying to get CCleaner to do the same good job with it which it does cleaning unwanted stuff from my installed Firefox browser. The problem is that most of the information here and on other forums seems to relate to Waterfox being installed too rather than portable. I understand you have to add a custom path to the CCleaner.ini but, here's the problem: the portable version of Waterfox, unsurpisingly does not use the same locations as an installed one. However, confusingly it does still create the same Users/xxx/ AppData/Local and Roaming > Waterfox folder described in the guides here for adding a custom CCleaner path to the Waterfox "Profiles" data. The trouble is that these folders do not contain any "Profiles" data, they remain empty even after a session using Waterfox when I've installed new Add-Ons, changed preferences, edit the about:config and it has picked up plenty of, mostly unwanted, cookies etc. It seems they're not being used, so what they're there for I have no idea. Looking in the actual WaterfoxPortable folder, which is currently located on a separate C:\drive folder: Portable Programs, there are no "Profiles" folders there either. But in the Data folder there is a "profile" folder which appears to be the meat of the browser ie. it contains all the equivalent C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox program folders/files. The question is: do I set this "Custom Location 1=FIREFOX|C:\Portable Programs\WaterfoxPortable\Data\profile" as the CCleaner custom path or do I need to be more specific? If so what folders/files path or paths should I set? What I do not what to happen is for CCleaner to wipe the entire "profile" folder and destroy WaterfoxPortable in the process but I do, obviously, want it to recognise the things like the cookies, session, cache, dowload history etc and secure delete them as it does for Firefox. Advice appreciated.
  6. Understood, thanks but that surely makes the reason for the unwanted CCleaner update I and apparently others have experienced even more mysterious.
  7. Re: the emergency updater. I do not know for sure about this but is this a CCleaner startup scheduled item? I have to ask because a long time ago I pared my startup tasks down to the minimum (ironically using CCleaner to do that initially) it may have been one of those items I disabled and later deleted. In my installed version Settings, as described, I have everything related to updating, monitoring, telemetry gathering etc turned off but, again, obviously when I first ran the extracted EXE portable version the default settings would have been used. Presumably that would have included the "emergency" updater too. Maybe that is the explanation for the unwanted update, at least in my case.
  8. Thanks very much for the reply, helpful if not exactly comforting. I definitely hadn't changed any of my settings prior to this although one thing I did do recently is extract my installed preferred CCleaner version 64 bit's EXE to create a portable version. Something I've been meaning to do for a long time after realising how easy it was after reading a post here:- Is it possible that in running the portable version using my installed version copied EXE, which, of course, would have temporarily had the default settings selected, including checking for updates, that would have caused the update to the installed version? Without any warning though, that still seems odd. I do have AVAST but its program updater option is turned off/uninstalled like most of its other bloat. Automatic updaters of any sort I avoid like the plague. I'm very disciplined in my software updating habits, I want full control over such matters.That's why I get annoyed when those options are removed or ignored. About the only thing I do allow to automatically update is AVAST definitions.
  9. Yesterday I noticed that even though I had Firefox open when I used CCleaner it had "Skipped" all Firefox cleaning without prompting me to close the browser. Unusual and even though I had not changed the settings I checked anyway and the option for hiding warning messages was still unchecked and all my other settings similarly unchanged. But it was still doing it so I used a portable copy of the same version and that behaved 100% as it normally does with the prompt to shutdown Firefox if open. BTW along with the Registry pre-cleaning backup prompt It is one of the few prompts with I actually find useful and not annoying. So what was causing this change? Well I was using an older version of CCleaner 5.35.6210, for good reasons, and despite the fact it was still showing as that yesterday when I booted it this morning what do I find? I'll tell you what: it had been updated, against my express wishes in the settings to the latest version: 5.46.whatever. Obviously that was the problem. Point is it wouldn't have been a problem if the bloody thing was working properly, it probably would have slipped under my radar. Apart from the fact it has ignored my setting in regards to updates, there shouldn't have been any check let alone a high-handed install without any warning. There is also this problem with Firefox indicating the unticked option to hide warning messages is not working for that and who knows what else? In trying to fix this I've had to do a full, deep uninstall of this unwanted CCleaner version completely and do a fresh install to get it back to what it was and all working perfectly. But this has resulted in the deletion of all my saved cookies for the second time in 24hrs (couldn't take the risk one of the Piriform or AVAST cookies would prompt another update). That means I have about 50 websites I'm signed into (inc. this one) and at least a dozen used regularly I'm going to have to go through the signing in process all over again. More unwanted, unnecessary hassle. Will this happen again? Will CCleaner now start ignoring user settings, update without permission and basically do what just what it likes to our systems no matter how unwanted and inconveniencing?
  10. Thanks for the info. Since when did updating CCleaner become an "emergency" security matter? I've been using it, safely, for over 7 years without it requiring such a feature. An emergency fix is probably only ever going to be used if a previous update has been found vulnerable or faulty in some way. That does not improve security for the user does it? It is a tool to fix a problem after the event or the danger has been discovered with all that implies. If an automatic/emergency update for some other reason had been in place during the earlier previously undetected hack it could have spread the problem not curtailed it. That is one of the types of reasons I don't like auto-updates. TBH I wait and check online before any install if there is a reported problem with all program updates from those unlucky saps who use auto-updates before I go ahead and do it myself. That has saved me from problems with Windows, AVs, browsers and a handful of other programs over the years too.
  11. Latest version of CCleaner v5.36 6278 includes this in the changelog:- Does this mean it is now going to update automatically regardless of our option settings? If I remove the CCleaner.exe can I avoid this or will I just get more nags because I haven't updated?
  12. Still getting this nag 18.10.17. My Settings are clear, not to check for updates. I can and do check for myself and don't want messages popping up on screen prompting me to check. Thank you.
  13. Yes, I've just had that same nag dialogue box appear despite still, clearly, having my CCleaner settings: not to check for updates. I don't understand why it is ignoring our settings yet again even in the light of the recent security matters. There would have been a good chance that with the infected release we would have been similarly prompted to update. Maybe those with the check for updates ticked at the time (or who had the Pro version with update in the background option ticked) were persuaded to update because of the prompt and unfortunately infected their system in the process. As it is all of us who did update during that period, whether prompted or not did have the infected EXE on their PC it was just not active if you were lucky enough to be using a 64bit system. Despite being one of those people I've still spent some time this last week using every anti-nasties tool I have to run several full system scans concerned as I was about having had it on my machine. I found I still had an archived copy of that version download and the portable version which I could have but didn't use via flash drive on the 32bit system I also use. That was mainly because I'd forgotten to update the flash drive and in doing so dodged the bullet.
  14. It shouldn't pop-up if you ticked the setting not to check for updates, as we all here have done. That's the problem, the updater is ignoring that setting making it redundant. We just want that choice respected as it feels to me like that it is deliberately being overridden.
  15. Yes, same here. 5.30.6065 was the "emergency patch" release for the previous time this happened. I was going to update CCleaner today and immediately noticed the nag screen was back. If every new release is going need a quick patch to fix the same problem then it hasn't been fixed at all. You have to update to fix the nag to update - it is not really a satisfactory solution is it?
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