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  1. It sounds as if you have a scheduled task left over from the uninstall. Probably the Update Task.

    Run the Windows Task Scheduler, on the left select the 'Task Scheduler Library', and see what CCleaner related tasks are there.

    Highlight the task and on the right select 'Delete'.


    Then take a look in your 'tasks' directory and see if you have the following, (or anything else relating to CCleaner), and if so then delete it -

    C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\CCleaner Update

  2. You should note that that ghacks article is from December 2015.
    It's 4 years old and the Windows OS has changed a lot since then.

    Note where, even back then, it says:


    Some of these files are required during updates or removals and should not be deleted

    A warning that is also repeated on the software site itself.

    Windows 10 handles updates and update/installation files differently to previous Windows versions and deleteing those files prematurely can 'break' Windows 10.

    That was the reason that cleaning of 'Windows.old' was removed from CCleaner in 2018.

  3. I'd  also add that the higlighted file in your screenshot is a "Windows.old" file.

    Because you have Windows 10 you should not try and delete "Windows.old" files using CC or anything else other than Windows itself.

    That function has been removed from CC  because Microsoft changed the way it handles those files and removing them prematurely can 'break' Win 10.

    Use the built in Disk Cleanup or Storage Sense to remove them.

  4. My thought would be that the Malwarebytes Endpoint Security (not something I'm particularly familiar with) may be preventing the 'Standard' CCleaner installer from running correctly, because of the bundled offer it contains.

    I would check the Malwarebytes Endpoint detection log to see if that is what is happening.

    Or you could try using the 'Slim' CCleaner installer which does not include any bundled offer.
    It is available on the 'Builds' page.

  5. 12 hours ago, trium said:

    with the pics from adwcleaner and malwarebytes seems malwarebytes find pups and so on to...

    Indeed it will.

    But as I said above MB3 and Adw use different datebases and search parameters, so Adw will find things that MB3 doesn't.

    Another good reason for it being seperate is that Adw does not need to be installed, you can run it from a USB to check a family/friends/customers computer, whereas MB3 does need to be installed.

    The long term plan was/is to merge Adw's capabilities into MB, but that's not been done yet and doesn't look like happening anytime soon.

  6. The CCleaner Browser is only being offered to a limited number of users when Updating CCleaner itself.

    Most browsers will change your file associations when you first install them.

    If/when this happens then it's easy enough to change them back.
    For the example of PDF files:

    • Right click on any PDF file and select 'Open With      > ' and then 'Choose another app'.
    • Choose the application that you want to open PDFs with, then tick "Always use this App to open PDF files'.
    • Click 'OK'.
    • The file will open in the App that you have chosen, you can close it if you dont want to work on it just then.
    • Job done, and your PDF icons should change back to how they were. (If they don't change straight away then restart your computer).

    A change has been promised to the Browser to make file associations a more obvious seting during the Browser install.

    The Browser is now available for others who don't get the offer during a CCleaner update/install.


  7. 8 hours ago, mta said:

    I thought ADWC was incorporated into MBAM when they acquired it.

    in other words, if you run MBAM first, then ADWC should find nothing new.

    That was the plan when they first acquired it.

    But they do have different search criteria and capabilities. Adw will find adware and PUPs that MB3 doesn't so is still useful as a seperate application.
    (eg. MB3 will not find those pre-installed apps that Adw now will with the new version).

    I think that it's still the future plan to eventually  combine Adw into MB, but for now as this new release shows Adw is still being supported seperately.

  8. 30 minutes ago, hazelnut said:

    Preloading Pages, cannot be turned off

    That would be a no-no for me.

    Due to being in a rural location I often need to tether using my phone through a metered connection, (doing it now), I always turn off preloading to save my metered data allowance.

  9. First thing to note - It's not a CCleaner rival, it does a totally different job - finding and removing adware, PUP's, and other unwanted software.

    AdwCleaner v7.4 has now been released to the public.

    As well as adware and PUP's (Potentially Unwanted Programmes) v7.4 can now find/remove 'bloatware' pre-installed by the PC manufacturer.

    (The beta version removed 9 apps pre-installed by my laptops' manufacturer that had never used, didn't even know they were there).

    The usual warning- Use with care.
    You can restore software that Adw has quarantined, but to be totally safe make a mirror/backup your system before using it.



  10. How big is your hard drive?
    Large drives (multiple terrabites) can take a long time for a full defrag, especially if there are a lot of smaller files to move about.

    Instead of a full drive reorgansiation many of us just defragment the specific files that are fragmented - try this:

    Ananlyze - View Files (or open the file tab) - then check (or highlight) the specific files you want to defrag - and select 'Defrag Checked' (or Defrag Highlighted).

    That defragments only the specific fragmented files rather than reorganising the whole disk, so it's much quicker to do.

  11. Are you using the Easy Clean or the Custom Clean?

    Easy Clean uses it's own set of cleaning rules and does not use what you have checked/unchecked for Custom Clean.

    To ensure that your checks/unchecks are respected then you have to use Custom Clean.

    (If you are using Easy Clean then after an analyze you can 'Review trackers' to see what it has found for each browser and untick any that you don't want cleaned.
    But a WARNING, this setting in Easy Clean is a one-time thing, it is not remembered and has to be done again each time you use EC).

  12. You have installed the new CCleaner Browser and associated PDF file types with it. (So that they open in the browser rather than Acrobat Reader or whatever you had them associated before).

    If you don't want that then you simply have to change the file association back to Reader, or whatever you were using to view them before.

    See this about associating a file to open with a particular app:


  13. The only reason that I can think of why a file date would change is if CCleaner deleted a temporary file and Windows (or whatever created the temp file) recreated a new one.

    What kind of files were they that got changed on the Mac with that other cleaner? Photos, documents, system files, other?