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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 15 hours ago, nukecad said:

    Not quite, they keep changing it.

    It was 30 days, then 7 days, then back to 30 days, then .........



    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.

  9. 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:

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. On 08/05/2020 at 07:48, nikki605 said:

    I use HostsXpert


    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.

  12. 18 hours ago, nukecad said:

    1) I would guess that's because the scanned drive may be later modified by having new files written to it, which would make any saved scan invalid.



    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.

  13. On 18/06/2020 at 12:38, Franz333 said:

    When I play a video, it keeps stopping as if the video was not loading properly. 



    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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