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  1. No warning needed just force the entering of a Captcha. The Captcha alone will make everyone flee in fear.
  2. Even portable versions of browsers like the Chrome/Chromium based variety will create some registry data, but it's not a whole set of settings like an installed version would create throughout the registry. Occasionally depending upon how a portable version was closed, or crashed it can leave behind AppData and ProgramData, usually if it's the PortableApps.com version those remnants will usually get removed the next time it's successfully closed, i.e.; no crashing. Different browser but worth mentioning: I've seen with Firefox Portable that some things can linger in ProgramData for instance when Firefox Portable automatically checks for an update when using "About Firefox", even though it can't actually update that way. ------ Note: On Win10 there's already a Google\Chrome entry in the registry by default for Windows Security that's locked to possibly prevent deletion and tampering. I don't know if Win10 or Windows Security will auto re-create it or not if you found a way to delete it. These are the default values if you wish to restore them: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\NativeMessagingHosts] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\NativeMessagingHosts\com.microsoft.browsercore] @="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Security\\BrowserCore\\manifest.json"
  3. It cleans .log files located in this path: %CommonAppData%\Microsoft\Search|*.log|RECURSE Which is the same path as (on Win10): C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search
  4. Now, today, when posting a reply it looks like it never posts it since it just sits in the edit window where we submit reply. However opening the topic in another tab shows that it was successful. Might result into some double-posting.
  5. I only use an offline account too. When I used SMalik's revised [Activity History *] cleaner I had to stop both of these services for it to work (full names as seen in Services): * Connected Devices Platform Service * Connected Devices Platform User Service_48409 I wonder if it's safe to just disable those two services, or not? Edit: I'll answer my own question. It cannot be left disabled because it screws with things like Win10's Night Light, and who knows what else that's tied into it, so I won't even bother cleaning Activity History again.
  6. If you haven't rebooted in a while give that a try first. You could go into Disk Management (it's built into Windows) and make sure that drive has a drive letter associated with it - maybe it's as simple as giving it a drive letter. But be forewarned if you delete the partition or format in Disk Management it will likely make recovering anything on the drive impossible. Instructions here are for Windows 10 but might also be similar for previous versions of Windows: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-assign-a-drive-letter-in-windows-10/
  7. Thumbnails in many cleaning tools are usually deleted, or can be selected to be deleted (even Windows built-in Disk Cleanup can delete them if selected), and with you being a photographer that creates a problem. Personally I'd have a separate partition or secondary disk drive just for the storing of photos that can survive even a format of the OS drive letter such as during reinstalling Windows, etc. Although it's vital to have relatively recent external backups on a portable HDD or SSD that can have a compressed disk image (like a weekly backup), and/or mirrored copies (daily backups) of your important work files.
  8. Yes! Personally I'd install the upgrade to Trend Micro which for some has fixed the issue with it blocking CCleaner - then in that scenario there'd be no need to have an exception/white list for it.
  9. Instructions: 1. Open Recuva. 2. In the main interface click: Options > Actions (tab) > Enable/Tick: Restore folder structure
  10. It's possibly due to the cookie for the website being deleted. If you log into websites such as Pinterest your settings "may get restored" assuming they keep such user settings on their end to reload them.
  11. I thought the reasoning was because of increasing screen size/resolution.
  12. You can always wait a few days since that gives antivirus vendors time to update their detection (usually 48-72 hours) - and it also affords you a time-gap if a new version has other issues such as being buggy.
  13. Some sites are just really slow, should be expected though. Disconnection in online games is nothing new, happens regular enough during normal circumstances however playing the games when most people are asleep in your country/time-zone is a good solution to avoid disconnection.
  14. siliconman01's revised cleaning routine is working for me!
  15. Edited: After upgrading remember you don't have to install the "newest greatest build" you can just wait until it forces you to upgrade, that way you aren't being used a test subject beta testing their new OS version. Often the newest builds are buggy like the Cortana/Search issue had been for awhile until the fixed it.
  16. Can we just link to the pre-made topic by admin Stephen, people have already previously complained about manually having to input values and they shouldn't be expected to manually edit the Windows registry due to possibly messing around in it damaging something not related. Here's a pre-made topic about CCleaner not properly cleaning Microsoft Edge, it has instructions and an easy to use pre-made .reg file that's available as a download, and you don't have to manually edit the Windows registry: https://community.ccleaner.com/topic/56335-solution-ccleaner-cannot-fully-clean-microsoft-edge-due-to-pre-loading/
  17. Some SSD manufacturers such as Crucial/Micron, Samsung, etc., have free SSD toolbox software that can be used (not all SSD manufacturers have them though - looking at you Sk hynix). In their SSD toolbox it can erase their branded SSDs (and theirs only) - that's how you actually properly securely erase an SSD. As for wiping a drive to remove incriminating data which this topic almost implies due to the FBI reference isn't really something we should ever be discussing on this forum - so I'll close this topic.
  18. The latest "big" Windows 10 Update was supposed to have fixed Cortana/Search not working correctly - so it's worth making sure Windows 10 is up-to-date with all the most current patches. Sometimes simply rebooting the PC/laptop can fix some issues with Windows Cortana/Search. However other times you have to do some manual intervention to rebuilt the index. To manually rebuild the search index on Windows 10: 1. Go into Settings, and copy+paste in: Indexing Options 2. Click the Indexing Options text. 3. When Indexing Options opens in a program window click: Advanced > Rebuild, and allow it to rebuild when it displays a "long time" warning dialog.
  19. That's probably why my area lost Internet access this morning, thought it was the online game I was playing since it regularly has server issues (but not early in the morning) but nope it wasn't the game and I was obviously one of the first to report it because the ISP tech support knew nothing. If connections become unreliable some ISP's should really consider overall stability and reducing speed by capping them to prevent over-usage blackouts - I'd rather have reduced speed with reliability and the ability to use the Internet versus it just being broken.
  20. I did when making a post, it took ages, although the forum has had such issues for 14-15 years on a regular enough basis.
  21. I'll give your re-worked cleaning routine a try when Windows decides to make more of those empty folders. Learnt something new, I didn't know anything about an "empty.check".
  22. That topic states those folders are "eventually deleted by Windows", although I had tons of them dating back to 2018 when I had originally bought my laptop. Windows Defender auto-updated while I was away from the laptop for ten minutes and I had almost one hundred more of those empty folders. That CCleaner cleaning routine I made is actually deleting them as intended, although CCleaner shows nothing to confirm it has successfully got rid of them.
  23. Note: This is not a submission for inclusion into Winapp2.ini it needs to be tested by others so I'm asking others to help test this to see if it's safe to delete, or not. Neither BleachBit, CCleaner, or Disk Cleanup deal with these by default. I've noticed every few days hundreds of empty zero-bytes folders created by Windows 10 in "C:\WINDOWS\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local", the highest amount I had on first discovery was 900+ total with many of them being months/years old going back to 2018 and 2019 including newer ones from this year. This morning a few hundred more appeared. I think I got CCleaner to delete them with the test cleaning routine I made listed below but I can't be 100% sure since CCleaner didn't list anything (perhaps because they were zero-bytes), and I don't have anymore of those "tw*.tmp" folders at the moment for re-testing. For Testers Only: [System Profile Tmp Folders *] DetectOS=10.0| LangSecRef=3025 Detect=HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows Default=False FileKey1=%windir%\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local|tw*.tmp|REMOVESELF
  24. It isn't just one setting as detailed above, it's actually two registry settings to effectively stop CCleaner complaining about it. See here: https://community.ccleaner.com/topic/56335-solution-ccleaner-cannot-fully-clean-microsoft-edge-due-to-pre-loading/
  25. Does your system perhaps have new hardware that's ages newer than Speccy? About the only thing I can think of since some people have reported issues with newer AMD Ryzen CPUs, etc.
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