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  1. CCleaner can find duplicated files for you, - but you have to select which, if any, you want to remove yourself.

    CCleaner cannot make that decision for you, only you know which you want to keep and which you want to remove.
    You would not be happy if CCleaner removed the wrong duplicate.

    Only ever remove duplicates of your own files, photos/videos/documents/music files/etc. that you have saved.
    Don't remove any duplicated system files, copies of system files are often needed in more than one location and deleting them may (will) stop your computer working properly.

  2. 3 hours ago, Rapevo said:

    Is there any way to restore the cookies, removed by Health check?

    Not really other than revisiting the website so that it gives you the cookie again.
    The same would also apply for anything removed by Custom Clean as well, once they are gone they are gone.

    Unless you have made a 'mirror image' backup of of your system that you can restore?
    PS. A normal backup wouldn't do, it would need to be a 'mirror image'.

    (You might be able to do something with Recuva, - if you have not done anything on your computer since wiping them, and of course you would also need to know the filename in which the removed cookie(s) were stored in order to know which file(s) to restore. TBH I suspect that it would be a fruitless attempt and I doubt that I'd even try it myself).

  3. Easy Clean (which is being renamed to Health Check) uses its own set of cleaning rules for what it will clean, rules that you have no control over at all.
    It's targeted at non-technical users who just want a quick clean and don't want to go more advanced.

    Because Easy Clean/Health Check has set cleaning rules you can't control then that can sometimes be a problem.
    For example if using Easy Clean then while it will leave your browsers 'saved passwords' alone it will clear any cookies/forms that hold passwords and information for a website, not something you always want to do. We have had a couple of questions recently where EC has cleared online banking security codes that are held in cookies.

    Custom Clean allows you to set more rules than Easy, and ignore things that Easy wouldn't ignore. (so you can set an ignore for those banking cookies).
    Custom can also have 'Includes' and 'Excludes' added for almost anything that you want, Easy would ignore any of those that you have set up.
    Custom shows more information on just what CCleaner is finding to clean.
    Getting more advanced you can use an .ini file to add even more rules to Custom Clean. See winapp2.ini: https://forum.piriform.com/topic/32310-winapp2ini-additions/

    The Scheduling and Smart Cleaning, both Pro features, use Custom Clean.

  4. 15 hours ago, nukecad said:

    It may make a bit of sense to download Feature Updates and pre-load them in the background - then switch it on later so that they don't seem to take as long on slower internet connections?

    Thinking more about that it may explain why they came up with the extra storage requirements for Win 10 updates earlier this year.

    They need the extra disk storage to pre-load/pre-install the version update without affecting the current version?

  5. I was puzzled by your post for a moment.

    I believe that you are talking about the automatic browser cleaning?
    If that's correct then you are looking in the wrong place.

    It is not in the Start Up section - It's in Smart Cleaning.


    That's a screenshot fromthe Free version, - but in the Pro verion you are able to click on the down arrows and set what action you want to be taken for each browser that you have.
    You can seperately set each one to do nothing, monitor and notify you if there is something to be cleaned, or clean on closing with or without a notification..
    Or you could disable it for all browsers if that's what you prefer. Simply untick 'Enable automatic browser cleaning'.

  6. Dunno?

    It may make a bit of sense to download Feature Updates and pre-load them in the background - then switch it on later so that they don't seem to take as long on slower internet connections?
    But I don't see it making much sense long term to just download them with cumulative updates, so it may be just a one off for this one?
    (They are doing a few one-offs like the 1803 to 1903, skipping 1809, thing).

    I've not had much time to look around to see what's new yet - but the 'Just type to search' on the start menu is working for me again (Stopped working a few Patch Tuesdays ago) it's a bit different but at least its working again..

  7. 2 minutes ago, KRJ said:

    Also, many files I need to download and work on are in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint.   How can I get back to these opening correctly?

    Thank you for your help!

    The same as the post 4 above (from Sep 26) but instead of .pdf just right click on any doc/docx file for word - xls/xlsx for excel - ppt/pptx for Powerpoint - and so on.
    (You will need to do it for both types (*** & ***x) if you use both types).

    You get the idea, just right click on one of the files and use 'Always use this app to open ...' to reassociate that type of file to open with the application that you want to open it with.

  8. Just going for 1909 now.

    I went to Settings>Update & Security and used "Check for Updates".

    I got 3 listed, a Defender Definition update (standard, more than once everyday), a Malicious Software Removal Tool update (standard, for Patch Tuesday), and a 1903 Cumulative update (KB4524570).

    After those and a restart I went back to "Check for updates" and 1909 is offered as an "Optional" update.

    From what I have read this is the way 1909 is  being released  - It's being done that way so that it gives you even more choice whether you want to download/install it yet or not.
    (Rather than just pausing updates - which you may not be used to if you didn't previously have 1903).
    If you want 1909 then click on 'Download and install now', otherwise just leave the option alone until you are ready.




    Now this I find interesting.
    After visiting another couple of websites I went and clicked to "Download and install" the Optional update to 1909.
    Nothing further downloaded, (I was watching Task Manager) and after about 30 seconds of 'Installing' Windows then asked for another Restart - which took about 2 minutes to install 1909
    I guessing that KB4524570 Cumulative Update to 1903 downloaded all the necessary files for 1909?

    EDIT 2.
    That's (sort of) confirmed here:



    As a result, the new features in Windows 10, version 1909 were included in the recent monthly quality update for Windows 10, version 1903 (released October 8, 2019), but are currently in a dormant state. These new features will remain dormant until they are turned on using an enablement package, which is a small, quick-to-install “master switch” that simply activates the Windows 10, version 1909 features.



  9. 1803 had an automatic updating problem and they stopped updating it for "the few" who had already got it.

    So now they have 'forced' an update from 1803 to 1903, which is what you seem to have got.

    1909 is new out tonight.

    So if you've just 1903 I'd leave the computer on to let it do all its install things - then tomorrow I'd do a "Check for Updatdes" to see if it offers 1909.


  10. You are not the only person getting these incorrect messages, there have been other queries/complaints in the last few days.

    It's an error with the licence server and they are working on fixing it by installing a new server and scrapping the old one, ignore the message.

    See this from a staff member posted earlier today:


  11. There are 2 issues that you raise there.

    First off please ignore any renewal messages at the moment - it's a server bug and they are working to fix it, hopefully quickly.

    The tracker thing I agree with, they are not realy trackers so should not be called such.

    Use Custom Clean to see what is actually being found.

    If you are on a PC or Laptop see the link in my signature below for my explanation.

    If you can't see the link post back.

  12. Yes that is the correct behaviour for the Custom Clean.

    What Easy Clean / Health Check call 'Trackers' are actually a type of cookie, (mainly your Browser 'Sessions'), and the Custom Clean correctly calls them them what they are.
    Custom Clean is meant for more technically minded users.

    It was a bit contentious when Quick Clean (now called Easy Clean/Health Check) first started calling them 'Trackers'.
    They are not what a technical user would regard as a Tracker. (That's a type of Malware which can 'track and record' what you are doing or where you are located).

    Technically they are 'tracking cookies', which record which sites you have visited when using your browser, and so Piriform are just stretching the definition a bit for non-technical users which is who Easy Clean is meant for.

    To show what I'm saying:

    This is from a run with Easy Clean (which I stopped after the analyze):

    Then I immediately ran Custom Clean which found the same 3 files under 'Firefox Sessions'



    Hope that explains it better for you.


  13. 'Hibernate' just means go to sleep for a while.

    How long that 'while' is will depend on each app, and what you have set that app to do in it's own settings.

    CCleaner can tell them to hibernate but it can't tell them when to wake up again.

    It may be next time you open the app, or the next time you  swipe the screen on, or the next time you.... , or it may be simply after so many minutes.
    You would have to set that in each app, if the app allows you to do that.

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