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  1. No, Ccleaner does not install any malware. Ccleaner does optionally install Google Chrome and Google Toolbar, but only if you leave these optional items checked during installation. For anyone who "thinks" that Ccleaner installed malware on their computer, then I can guarantee that this is due to one and/or the other of the following two things: 1. You installed Ccleaner from an unreliable web site. In other words, you installed a hacked version of Ccleaner in which hackers added malware to the installer. 2. Your computer is already infected with malware, and the malware intercepted your attempt to download Ccleaner from either Piriform, FileHippo, or CNET and instead downloaded a hacked version of Ccleaner from another Internet location.
  2. Good points are mentioned by Nergal and Andavari. More importantly, some FF plugins may not properly release their hold on FF bookmarks when FF is closed. Task Manager may show that FF is not running. The issue is that the FF bookmarks files may not have been properly updated and closed when exiting FF. If you manually back up your improperly closed FF bookmarks (via file copy using Windows Explorer), and then later restore them, your restored bookmarks may be corrupt such that you can't add new bookmarks. Ccleaner does check for this issue when it runs, and Ccleaner fixes this issue. The moral of the story is, before backing up your FF bookmarks and user profile, always run Ccleaner first so that Ccleaner can fix these issues, before backing up your FF bookmarks or your entire FF user profile. A few years ago I learned this the hard way. Thank goodness that Ccleaner recognizes and fixes this issue. So whenever I decide to back up my entire FF user profile (which includes bookmarks, settings, installed plugins, et cetera), I do the following: 1. Close FF. 2. Run Ccleaner. 3. Make a backup copy of my FF user profile to another folder on my computer. The one thing I don't do is to let Ccleaner compact FF's databases since I have not thoroughly tested this feature and since I really don't see that this is really necessary. I have thousands of FF bookmarks, all neatly organized into hundreds of bookmark folders, plus around two dozen installed FF themes, plugins and extensions. Yet my entire FF profile (which also includes all installed themes, plugins and extensions) is only 73 MB.
  3. Hi Nergal, If you have installed a 3rd party download manager into your web browser, try disabling it and then downloading Ccleaner.
  4. So it definitely is plugins which have been installed into your web browsers without your consent? This definitely sounds like you have a malware infection on your computer.
  5. It would take a ton of time to compile the thermal design data for CPUs into Speccy. Fortunately, you can easily look up the design specs for any specific CPU at: http://www.cpu-world.com/index.html They have done a splendid job of compiling information from the manufacturer's data sheets for each CPU model. For example, the following cpu-world page shows the specs for the Intel Core I5-5670K CPUs which is in one of my computers. You will see that this CPU's maximum operating temperature is 72.72 Celsius: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_i5/Intel-Core%20i5-4670K.html As a general rule of thumb, I always set CPU temperature alarms in BIOS to 60 Celsius. If the BIOS allows me to set fan speeds for the CPU, then I set the fan speed to 100% once the CPU temperature hits 50 Celsius. If I can't run my CPUs at 100% workload and keep the CPU temperature to 60 Celsius or below, then I know that I need to install a better CPU heatsink/fan and/or add additional case fans. As far as GPUs go, it is always best to check the manufacturer's web site for the specific data sheet.
  6. Hehe. One of my computers has a Gigabyte motherboard with an AMD FX-4300 cpu. BIOS reports the correct cpu temperature, but Speccy reports that the cpu's temperature is only 10 Celsius which of course is much lower than room temperature!
  7. This may not be Speccy's fault at all. See: http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/what-is-wmiprvse-exe-and-why-is-it-causing-high-cpu-usage/ If restarting the “Windows management Instrumentation” Service doesn't fix the problem, then as noted in the above link, you probably have malware on the affected computer.
  8. Hello Kokopelli, Your old Seagate 200 GB hard drive definitely is failing.The hard drive's powered on time is over 7 years. The drive has 86 reallocated sectors, but the real value of reallocated sectors is 594 reallocated sectors. Currently the drive has 4 pending sectors to be reallocated, but they can't be reallocated since the hard drive has run out of spare sectors for sector reallocation. Thus these 4 sectors also show up as 4 sectors which are uncorrectable and which can't be reallocated. Back up your data on this hard drive and replace it as soon as possible. Quite frankly, I am amazed that you got over 7 years of use out of this old hard drive since most cheap consumer hard drives start to fail around year 5.
  9. Well, I tried uninstalling and then reinstalling this latest build of CCleaner, but doing so did not fix the crashing issue. It has either got to be in the code itself or (extremely unlikely) a leftover registry key from the previous build.
  10. Re my previous post where I thought that cleaning up my Firefox bookmarks seemed to resolve CCleaner's crashing on first launch after a reboot, that didn't solve the problem after all. So I will try everyone's suggestion of completely uninstalling CCleaner and then doing a fresh install on all of my computers. Thanks Eolo for your reply and your notes about how a fresh install seems to have fixed the issue on your family and friend's computers.
  11. I too have an Acer Travelmate with a Core I5 and Win7 Pro, but I have never experienced this issue with CCleaner. Note that I rarely use my laptop's built-in touchpad (keep it disabled nearly all the time) and instead use a USB mouse. So I am guessing that either your laptop's touchpad driver or video driver may need to be updated? Do you see anything in the Event Viewer which might indicate the cause of CCleaner's crashes? Anyway, I never get device drivers for video, networking, or touchpads from Microsoft's Windows Update. Instead I always get these device drivers either directly from the computer vendor's web site or from the OEM manufacturer's web site since there may be non Microsoft certified device drivers available which fix specific issues such as this.
  12. I too was having this issue with CCleaner build is v5.10.5373. Note that I am using the free version and do not have any of CCleaner's monitoring features enabled. CCleaner was crashing only the first time I launched CCleaner after rebooting my Windows XP computer, and I assumed that the issue was with this CCleaner build. CCleaner didn't crash when I subsequently launched CCleaner. I also noticed that I was having problems adding new bookmarks to a particular bookmark folder in Firefox. The problem was that the last bookmark in the folder was being overwritten with the data for the new bookmark which I was trying to add to this bookmark folder in Firefox. Since I have a ton of bookmarks in tons of folders in Firefox, I figured that it was time for me to clean up some of those large bookmark folders by removing some bookmark entries and moving other bookmark entries to new subfolders. I got this idea from reading online that Firefox does have limits for the number of entries in bookmark folders, and for the maximum size of all bookmarks. So, to make a long story short, after I removed some Firefox bookmarks and reorganized them such that no bookmark folder or subfolder contains too many bookmark entries, I discovered that CCleaner no longer crashes the first time it is launched after rebooting my computer, or whenever I subsequently launch CCleaner.
  13. I have removed my post since it aparrently has nothing to do with the topic.
  14. I recall having this issue around 4 or 5 years ago on a friend's computer. In that case, it turned out that NAV itself was compromised by malware which specifically targeted NAV and had nothing to do with CCleaner. All CCleaner did at the time was reveal the issue such that, after running CCleaner, NAV wouldn't start on the next reboot. Just a thought for what its worth.
  15. Hi Ellen, I will try to answer all of your questions! "if I analyze (System) Temporary Files, it shows one file, when there are dozens of the same type same origin, same date" -- by default, CCleaner only removes temporary files which are older than 24 hours. Or you can reboot and then run CCleaner again to remove these files. If those files mysteriously show up again after running CCleaner and you have no other apps or web browsers running, then you might want to download and install and run the free versionsMalwarebytes Anti-Malware as a second check for whatever antivirus program you are using and in order to be sure that no malware is lurking on your computer which your antivirus program missed. Another possibility is that your present XP SP3 installation is actually an upgrade from an older Windows 98 installation? If this is the case, then some folders and temp files from the older Win98 installation will exist which CCleaner deliberately does not clean since they are related to the Win98 state before you upgraded your computer to Windows XP. Simply ignore these folders since they take up very little space on your hard drive. You could manually clean them, but I don't recommend it since you could make a mistake and since deleting some of the files will require booting in Safe Mode and going to a command prompt to delete some of the files. Again, it is best to simply ignore these files. "It shows nothing in prefetch data, but I know from going there that is not the case." -- CCleaner only searches for old or stale prefetch data, and doesn't remove any of the current and "good" prefetch data. This is why, even though CCleaner reports "0 bytes to be removed" for prefetch data, your windows prefetch folder still contains numerous prefetch files. Why? Those files in the Prefetch folder are both current and "good", and they accellerate the startup of Windows as well as accellerating the startup of your frequently used programs. Microsoft states that users should never delete the contents of the prefetch folder. While no actual harm is done by deleting everything in the prefetch folder, after doing so it can take up to three reboots of your computer plus running your most used programs before both Windows bootup and program launching speed returns to normal. Before then, bootup and program launching will be noticeably slower. "I have the same problem with cookies in Firefox. It seems to remove cookies that are on the remove list, but does not add new ones to the list that are clearly listed by Firefox. It does keep the ones I want, but I have to go through manually to remove the others." -- I am a little confused, but your best option is to manually select in CCleaner the additional Firefox cookies which you want to keep. If you are referring to any cookies associated with online banking, you do NOT want those cookies to ever be saved! Why? Cross-site cookie vulnerabilities in all web browsers could allow a malicious web page to steal your bank login information from cookies which are associated with banking web sites. Thus it is Firefox itself which wipes out those banking cookies when Firefox is closed -- assuming that the banking web site instructs Firefox to do so. If any banking web site is saving cookies after Firefox (or any other web browser has been closed), then that banking web site has security issues and the bank is not following current "best security practices". "The same goes for any folder that I try to add under the include option. Only part of the contents is shown or removed." -- CCleaner isn't meant to be a "wipe all" for specific folders. Hehe. Imagine specifying "C:\" or "C:\Windows" as folders to be cleaned. Wouldn't that be a really quick way to render a user's computer inoperative! CCleaner is primarily a registry cleaning tool along with enhancements for cleaning up the junk and unnecessary files created by numerous programs. If you want to periodically delete the contents of specific folders, then there are several other freeware utilities which are tailored for this specific purpose. Best regards, --GTP
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