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  1. 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.
  2. Some of the OEM bloatware runs from Task Scheduler, so worth looking in there too.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. No warning needed just force the entering of a Captcha. The Captcha alone will make everyone flee in fear.
  12. 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"
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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/
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Instructions: 1. Open Recuva. 2. In the main interface click: Options > Actions (tab) > Enable/Tick: Restore folder structure
  20. 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.
  21. I thought the reasoning was because of increasing screen size/resolution.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. siliconman01's revised cleaning routine is working for me!
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