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  1. Here comes the black sheep of the forum moderators, and I'll share my opinion even though it might not make some all that happy. This goes deeper than just blocking outbound connections! Something had to lead up to so many of us blocking the phone-home aspect of CCleaner which has been known for years when a rare post here or there about someone monitoring their network connections and CCleaner using an outbound connection - which in all fairness was only officially disclosed on this forum after Avast acquired Piriform. It's however likely taken more serious now by end-users since Avast is the owner, and Avast has a past untrustworthy behavior that's archived on the Internet. The delay is why I'm using the free portable version 5.63. I have no intentions to remove the Windows HOST file blocks (with tons of URLs), Windows Firewall blocks (of the main EXE's), and hardware Firewall blocks (good luck coding it to get past the hardware firewall) - all that to use a cleaning utility. I also have no intentions whatsoever to ever upgrade past that free portable version 5.63 anymore. I'm using v5.40 on my old desktop PC using an old dangerous outdated version of Windows that everyone moans is vulnerable (haven't been infected... ...yet) that old OS could careless what old version of CCleaner I run and I won't ever update that anymore either. When Windows 10 blacklists that version 5.63 and won't allow it to be used anymore (and it will at some point) I'll just remove CCleaner altogether from the Win10 system and be done with it on Win10. This course of action is mainly because I don't like any of the extra features they've added into it since Avast acquired Piriform in 2017, and I wouldn't doubt more "goodies" will be added into CCleaner. While I'm a moderator on here I don't blindly trust the software due to who has owned it since 2017 which is Avast, and reports of their Avast Antivirus being called adware/spyware in the past but more recently there was this discovered just eight months ago in December 2019 to me equals a continued behavior that I can't blindly trust for obvious reasons, and since I don't know the code in CCleaner I'm not going to. From what people have posted in the past on this very forum such as CCleaner just auto-magically updating to the newest version (even really old freeware versions that don't have the Emergency Updater included) without any user consent or involvement, and with countless forum reports of Avast Free Antivirus all of a sudden getting installed alongside CCleaner without explicit user consent is one reason I'm blocking a huge list of URLs in the HOSTS file that I've figured out that it uses, that way in my mind I can safely use CCleaner without what I'd deem a drawback. This is mainly because in the past Avast Free Antivirus on multiple occasions over several years when installed has made my old desktop PC completely unbootable into Windows, so logically I'm going to block Avast URLs and want nothing to do with it (not even on my newer Win10 laptop). It's also why I'm blocking any Piriform software having any outbound connection in the firewall. Although I must say CCleaner really should just gracefully and quickly ignore the ability to phone home if it can't, it could be coded to give up faster instead of there being 10 seconds or more delay.
  2. Registry cleaners always run the risk of breaking the operating system, always have and always will. Then there's also the issue with other things being updated so much that can break the operating system as well and it's not just limited to updates from Microsoft, other software makers can release buggy software or drivers that will wreck the operating system - been there and done that especially with Win98 and WinXP, but the issues still exists with Win10. One thing for certain make regular disk image backups of the drives necessary for Windows to an external/portable disk drive that you unplug after making the backup. Try to have at the absolute minimum three known good backups, it will eventually save you allot of grief at some point. There's many good freeware tools that can disk image your system and have it up and running in minutes (especially if on an SSD) should a restore be required, and it will be as if nothing changed on the system based on the disk image date/time. Of course don't forget to periodically backup internal secondary disks/partitions too.
  3. Opening the lid on my Win10 laptop and resuming from sleep sometimes requires a system reboot just for the Internet to work if/when connected directly with a wired LAN Ethernet cable, not so much of a repeatable issue if using WiFi. I would think it would be the opposite, but that's Windows.
  4. From what I've seen any antivirus that has a Cloud-based protection feature (any real-time protection AV should by now) it's going to have telemetry/phone home built right in for that to even work, so no way around it. As for Avast removing HOSTS file blocks for their own URLs while it's installed would be something obvious to do, since malware could try to input antivirus blocks to prevent someone from downloading an antivirus software.
  5. You can get old freeware versions on FileHippo here: https://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/history/ A pre-Avast era influence version might be v5.28 if I'm remembering correctly. Do note that if you use Windows 10 the operating system won't let you use that version since it's now too old - but even if you do find an old version that works it will likely just update itself rather you want it to or not.
  6. Probably using their WiFi from a safe distance, until they catch him and make him do the dishes again.
  7. Andavari

    TERRY HOSE

    It's well known enough by now for years that Defraggler is a bit slow, however something else to also consider is if the hard disk uses SMR technology (which has gotten hard disk manufacturers into legal trouble). I'd imagine an SMR hard disk could cause a full defrag/full optimization to take a long time.
  8. Some other more up-to-date tools will list what family an Intel processor is in, and it can reference something older than what's actually installed in the computer.
  9. Which CCleaner are you referring about, CCleaner cleaning program, or CCleaner Browser? Edit: If you're referring to CCleaner Browser, see this post about disabling hardware acceleration.
  10. With it being a beta I wouldn't get any hopes of them doing anything with it, the user base of a non-stable beta would be lower compared to a stable release that will auto-update via the browser itself. Even with stable builds there's a delay and things don't get an immediate fix, and by the time they release a new version something else can change in browsers hence they're always playing catch up.
  11. It's a beta though, and I personally wouldn't have any cleaning tool (not just CCleaner) cleaning a beta version of a web browser. Piriform have enough on their plate to keep up with Stable builds of web browsers. With beta/nightly builds of browsers they logically can't chase those and keep up because they'd likely have to release a new CCleaner version daily or weekly.
  12. An admin has notified Piriform about those zombie processes. Just letting you know that your posts aren't being ignored!
  13. You probably couldn't find a recovery program because recovering zero-byte files would be a unique use case. Many probably never considered it. Also since they're zero-bytes in size it wouldn't take any significant disk space to make a backup copy by zipping them into a single ZIP archive, and save that backup onto a portable hard disk or USB flash drive.
  14. Microsoft doesn't support the use of registry cleaners: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/2563254/microsoft-support-policy-for-the-use-of-registry-cleaning-utilities It's been said before that CCleaner either needs to hide the registry cleaner deeper inside the program, or better yet just remove it altogether. On a Windows 10 PC registry cleaning is likely to cause issues due to Windows 10 being updated so often.
  15. You could try a hosts file like MVPS.org HOSTS File and see if that helps. Various times throughout the day YouTube is just slow which is understandable with so many people still staying safe at home due to human malware.
  16. They keep changing and breaking many things. I was only going by what the last two major Win10 updates stated in Disk Cleanup in that Windows itself would automatically remove them on its own accord and both times it did. Didn't think once about an upgrade from a previous version of Windows such as Win7 or Win8.1 (not necessarily an earlier Win10) which would make perfect sense for it to be more relaxed with a 30 day period.
  17. Not to contradict or confuse what has been stated, however: I thought with the Win7 OS that the Slim build was required due to possible installation failure that would happen with the normal installer(s). That's if I'm remembering correctly, there's way too much to remember and keep up with due to all the multiple failed install reasons happening (and they're not all for the same reasons). So perhaps the possible "safe" approach would be to use the Slim build to install. If that's the case (and I don't know if it actually is), it would have to be done every time a new version is released for an older OS like Win7. The Slim build installer is located at: https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/builds You'd likely still need to exit any running in the background CCleaner processes using Task Manager and then install it. After install open CCleaner, you may or will need to input your license info to convert the free version into the Pro version if it doesn't automatically do it on its own.
  18. On Windows 10 after ten days it will automatically remove files in the Windows.old folder.
  19. Since you have the cookies to keep configured in CCleaner how about checking your web browser settings. In your web browser make sure it's not configured to clean when you close it since that's another way things you'd prefer to keep could inadvertently get removed.
  20. Probably a long shot however something else to check is make sure Internet Explorer isn't set to Work Offline mode - even though Win10 doesn't necessarily use it. Although with Win10 I haven't the foggiest clue if that will cause a failed installation like it definitely would back in the WinXP days when an installer needed to phone home or even download data from the web.
  21. Change log is always on this forum in Annoucements area: https://community.ccleaner.com/forum/5-announcements/
  22. Wish that still existed officially instead of being only available on download sites that remain to archive it, luckily it still works on Win10 for now which I'm surprised hasn't broken compatibility with it yet.
  23. Especially with modern versions of Windows (no so much on old versions like WinXP). For instance modern versions of Windows like Win10 will write to an drive even if it were on an external drive of any type (USB Flash Drive, SD Memory Card, Portable Hard Drive or SSD) modern versions of Windows create a System Volume Information folder that consumes a few small bytes. Now imagine if that overwrites a very small portion of a file you wish to restore.
  24. I had the same issue yesterday with 720p and 1080p, and I'm not using CCleaner Browser, although it resolved itself in a few minutes. Could be that YouTube is being over-used at the time, then again some ISP's throttle YouTube. One creator on YouTube stated his ISP throttles him on there at 5mbps.
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