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  1. Make sure it's correctly detecting your SSD as an SSD because for some people the detection is incorrect. If correctly detected as an SSD all it would do is run a Trim command if I'm not mistaken. If however it detects it incorrectly as an HDD don't run it, since it will do a traditional defrag.
  2. Many defrag tools aren't of much use at all without at least 20% free space. If you don't have enough free space many will just give up. The only defrag tool that I've ever seen that will defrag very full disks was the now discontinued/unsupported and old JkDefrag (free) which is still available as a PortableApps.com version. Edit - Note: If the disk you're having the issue with is a non-OS disk that doesn't have Windows installed onto it I wouldn't bother with trying to defragment that one pesky file because the disk will quickly get fragmented again, and non-OS hard disks don't usually suffer from performance penalties with some fragmented files especially large sized files that only have a few fragments. If it's for instance an internal, external/portable backup hard drive buying another one with larger capacity (they're not really expensive to get 2tb or more space) to hold your files would be a good solution, and then that drive that doesn't have enough capacity could be repurposed and used for something else. Even if it's an internal drive you could still repurpose it by putting it in an external/portable USB 3.0 hard disk enclosure.
  3. Also make sure you're not using any incognito mode for Chromium/Chrome based browsers, since the Chrome Web Store won't work for installing in that mode.
  4. Yes, and since I don't/won't use Health Check I always forget about it ignoring any user settings. There's a good write up on Health Check and Custom Clean by Nukecad located here: https://community.ccleaner.com/topic/57945-question-about-ccleaner-smart-clean-and-run-ccleaner/?do=findComment&comment=318341
  5. You need to configure the Cookies to Keep list if you haven't done so yet, see here: https://www.ccleaner.com/docs/ccleaner/ccleaner-settings/choosing-which-cookies-to-keep
  6. You have to go into Recuva's settings and enable a setting to have it "Restore folder structure." That probably details starting over from scratch and doing the restore again.
  7. The Google Chrome offer is still ticked by default, and so will still end up with unwanted installs if people click through without carefully looking at what the installer shows. I don't know if they'd get paid for in-house offers like Avast Antivirus and AVG Antivirus since they're all owned and/or merged with Avast, however the Google offer they would obviously monetize. Suppose it's the "price to pay" for using freeware, and one does have to really slow down when installing software to make sure "offers" aren't inadvertently installed. The ultimate solution is to of course always use zipped portable versions of any software if/when it's offered. CCleaner is offered as Portable (zipped) and Slim (setup) which don't try to install anything 3rd party from the get go (although you'll still get in-program pop-up adverts to upgrade, etc.).
  8. Since they're network aware the OEM's should just send out a killbit to disable them when a system will no longer get any updates; BIOS, Drivers, OEM Utilities, etc. Although with that stated Dell seems very good at feeding their older systems updates, I notice my mother's 2014 Dell Inspiron business laptop gets regular enough updates to not even warrant manually looking for any of them.
  9. And if importing/restoring the .REG file backup fails (and it seems to fail sometimes) you may have to resort to restoring from a recent System Restore Point - that is if you have one since Windows 10 disables System Protection/System Restore by default unless the user manually enables it themselves.
  10. Live Tiles as mentioned is what had my head spinning when I first starting using Windows 10 and noticed things coming back rapidly such as Cache and Cookies that I didn't want. If you like such Live Tiles features being left active and installed in Windows 10 there's likely not too much that can be done since cleaning their contents will only have Windows 10 re-download them in quick fashion. I've uninstalled all of the apps that exist as Live Tiles (it's possible to do via Power Shell) and don't have that issue, although in doing so I also don't have nice things like the Weather app, etc., which can be useful sometimes.
  11. Some of the OEM bloatware runs from Task Scheduler, so worth looking in there too.
  12. I have all of my email provider ad spam go directly into Trash, it's easy to do if all the junkmail comes from a particular unique email address that they'll always use.
  13. Protection in the name may not be good either because some people already confuse CCleaner as being some sort of anti-malware/anti-virus software which it isn't.
  14. I have my webcam disabled in Device Manager (have no use for it, and wish I had bought a laptop without one included), although periodically after Windows Updates it's wise to make sure Windows hasn't re-enabled it.
  15. I've seen that a number of times using other tools that state "Good" perhaps giving a false since of nothing being wrong which could be disastrous, whereas CrystalDiskInfo states "Caution" which is preferred as a warning. I have that on some very old hard disks that Windows ChkDsk marked the bad sectors and took out of use, although those drives have worked for well over a decade with the Caution status and without any issues which is probably just pure luck.
  16. That's why with Win10 some people just do the required first run "setup", and then just reinstall Win10 from scratch to get rid of OEM installed tools that aren't necessarily required if the OEM allows downloading and installing them manually, and at the same time it gets rid of the OEM installed bloatware trial versions of software and the crappy trial versions of antivirus they include. When I got my Acer laptop some people were egging me on the do a fresh Win10 install (read about it enough online over the years so I didn't need that egging on), although with tools like Geek Uninstaller Free and Revo Uninstaller Free, and even the antivirus companies removal tools and my ability to manually edit the registry without making a mess it wasn't necessary at all. Plus I liked the ability to first use the installed Acer OEM tool to make an OEM USB Flash Drive to reset the system to factory default just in case I ever decide to sell the laptop - after which I nuked all the crapware.
  17. Edge Legacy ("old Edge") is not removed/uninstalled and isn't meant to be, it's just hidden from view although it can be accessed. So in other words if things in the system utilize it they can continue doing so, and cleaning tools such as CCleaner will still be able to clean the cache, cookies, etc. See here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployedge/microsoft-edge-sysupdate-access-old-edge
  18. To continue upon what Hazelnut has mentioned: The position of the accept and decline buttons are very deceptively placed, and I'd reckon they're fully aware of it.
  19. Seems like all those OEM tools at some point are prone to it. When they stop feeding the system updates they aren't really worth having installed anymore anyway, and some seem more like spyware anyways.
  20. No warning needed just force the entering of a Captcha. The Captcha alone will make everyone flee in fear.
  21. 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"
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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