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  1. I wonder if all that testing and re-testing is just going to put excessive wear onto your hard drive-  just to prove the point! It isn't like Drive Wiper/Wipe Free Space (and whatever else it's called in other programs) is something that should be ran too frequently. Like I stated at the very end of my post here, some people in the past have reported it doesn't work, however the results I suppose will vary system by system.

  2. That usually only happens if for instance you use the portable version and move it to a different location, or if you go from using an installed version to a portable version or vice-versa.

    Easy Fix:
    1. Open CCleaner.
    2. Go into: Options > Settings
    3. Untick/disable the following two boxes:
    * Add "Run CCleaner" option to Recycle Bin context menu
    * Add "Open CCleaner..." option to Recycle Bin context menu
    4. Tick/enable them to restore the functionality.

    If you don't use that feature you can also leave them unticked/disabled which completely removes them from the Recycle Bin context menu.

  3. 1 hour ago, mpw101 said:

    Warning Event ID 3036 in the Event Viewer. (Crawl could not be completed on content source <iehistory://{S-1-5-21-811697208-3521500205-3758811873-1001}/>. Context:  Application,             System Index Catalog Details: An internal error occurred in the Microsoft Windows HTTP Services (HRESULT: 0x80072ee4) (0x80072ee4)



    I have a handful of that same error. I didn't associate it with CCleaner and didn't know where it came from, and since I don't use Internet Explorer I never gave it a second thought.

    Event Viewer shows errors daily for some things that seem as if they're failing, yet for whatever reason they seem to work.

  4. If you didn't format the drive it's possible to convert the RAW back to NTFS without losing any data. You can do it via a Command Prompt, or you'd need a third-party partitioning tool to do it though, although with the freeware version of such tools I don't know if they'll allow you to do that. There's an article on it here from EaseUs, although they're also adverting/pushing their partitioning software in that article.

    Here's a search:

  5. If you're referring to:
    Options > Settings > Secure Deletion > Secure file deletion (Slower)

    It's been speculated for years in perhaps only a handful of posts that it isn't doing anything on for example 3 passes, 7 passes, etc., because it finishes far too soon for the amount of data it would have to overwrite.

    Using different secure delete/shred programs and configuring them to do the exact same amount of overwrites as a direct comparison you can see the difference in the amount of time it actually takes which is much longer.

    Perhaps it's limited to only securely wiping the Recycle Bin, I don't know for sure, but from what I saw many years ago how fast it finished I stopped having it secure delete and instead used another freeware tool via the right-click context menu.

    I can however confirm that Wipe Free Space (aka Drive Wiper) in it's long drawn out process does actually work as I've used it many times and had Recuva scan the drive afterwards for confirmation it worked. Note that some people have stated it too didn't work.

  6. One way to get the estimates out-of-whack is if something is configured to be cleaned twice. Such as something CCleaner cleans it by default, and then someone essentially duplicates the same thing in either Custom Files and Folders or winapp2.ini.

  7. 5 hours ago, HGVord said:

    If you're really that concerned about privacy, why Win10? Never in my life I will install Win10 on any of my computers or laptops


    I had that attitude about it when I'd only have to use it in very small spurts. The time came when my old system (2003) which has to use old web browsers wasn't allowed on some websites. Some sites would take forever to load due to the overall slowness of the old Pentium 4 CPU, so even old slow hardware can hold you back just browsing a website.

    Win10 won't ever really be fully understood looking at it from an outside perspective. You can remove allot such as removing all of those flashy animated Start Menu titles and replace all of it with shortcuts to actual programs you use to actually make it useful. You can still lock it down privacy-wise to a degree via HOSTS file blocks or using 3rd party freeware software from O&O Software and Spybot-S&D, and by disabling some of its privacy concerns in the Privacy settings.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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