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  1. I just noticed that the Profile 2 directory in my Chrome appdata directory contains several localstorage files that contain URLs to websites I visited 2 days ago and remain after ccleaner has run. The dates on these files are 2 days old as well. The URLs are not anything unusual - some http_<url>_0.localstorage and some are https_<url>0.localstorage. a couple of examples: http_forum.piriform.com_0\.localstorage https_singularlabs.com_0.localstorage These are in c:\users\blah\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 2 and of course there are also URLs in the folder that I really want wiped. I believe these may be generated by Chrome extensions. The only extensions installed for this profile are: Adblock Plus 1.8.12 default settings with no whitelisted domains or local filters added Google Docs 0.9 Google Play Music 1.259.0 Google Sheets 1.1 Google Slides 0.9 Google Voice Search Hotword (Beta) disabled Music Plus for Google Play Music 0.4.11 Norton Identity Safe 1.0.5 disabled I have ccleaner pro v5.03.5128 I also have CCEnhancer-4.2 using rules last updatd 23 March 2015 I did not trim winapp2.ini With the addional entries provided by ccenhancer, (too many to list here), I have them all ticked except for the following: Extensions Databases Extensions State Favicons Installer Once I enabled the 2 extensions entries above, the worrisome localstorage files were deleted. This means that unless CCEnhancer is installed and the user selects these additional values, there's no certainty that your internet history will be wiped. I can't really see that it;s any specific extension that created those files, either - the list of extensions I have installed. Apart from Google extensions that wouldn't have kicked in for the URLs in question, there's only Adblock Plus. And it didn't have any whitelisted domains in it so I don't see why it should be the culprit. Any idea why these fiiles weren't deleted by the standard CCleaner?
  2. I've searched the help files for ccleaner and this forum but couldn't readily find anything that explains what the design philosophy is for ccleaner. To whit, does Piriform market ccleaner as a security tool of any type, and if so, why is the default setting of ccleaner to NOT wipe data? I originally sought out an app that would remove/delete/erase/wipe/eliminate stuff from my PC, and found ccleaner and started using it. Several weeks later I discovered that all the things ccleaner finds to wipe (temp files, cache, etc.) aren't actually being wiped, they're simply insecurely deleted. Any recovery or forensics tool would instantly find all the things that ccleaner claims to have removed. Of course, I found the setting to tell it to securely wipe stuff instead of just delete it, and changed it to 1-pass secure wipe. But I was really surprised to find that this is not the default. I understand that this increases the time required substantially, but it seems counter-intuitive to sell a product that purports to remove/eliminate things but, by default, does only the most superficial removal. I'm sure that a large portion of ccleaner's users do not realise that they are not in fact securely removing the things they think are being removed. I would have thought that users would be given the open during setup, or a very large blaring pop-up that explains the options available and the consequences: "WARNING: By default, items removed by ccleaner can be easily recovered or found by undelete or forensics tools, unless 'Secure Wipe" is enabled. Do you want to enable this (which will increase the time required but will result in a far more secure elimination" Or something like that. So I guess I'm wondering what the design philosophy of this product is, and why the default is so contrary to the implied intent of the product?
  3. We've started using Windows 8 and noticed a behaviour that seems new. If I browse to a directory in File Explorer and select a large number of files, then try to start a drop and drag operation, my hard drive access light gets very busy for quite a long time, things hang for a moment, and a small box pops up indicating the # of files I'm trying to drop/drag. My laptop is old and low-end so this activity can go on for 30 seconds or more.The cursor essentially hangs while the hard drive is going nuts and I can't actually complete the drop/drag until its finally ready. That's all well and good. But I strongly suspect that File Explorer is building a list of file names while this is going on, and its this list of filenames (and possibly other metadata and thumbnails) that I'm concerned about. Can someone tell me: - Where is this being cached to specifically - Does ccleaner know about this explicitly and does it wipe it or have the option to ensure this is included in the wipe? I'm not looking for a generic "ccleaner gets rid of everything, don't worry about it". I'm looking for clear understanding from someone as to what the W8 File Explorer is doing at this point, where the filenames are being cached to, and that ccleaner specifically knows about this and wipes it. The W8 File Explorer is apparently a nearly ground-up rewrite of the older "Explorer", and the old Explorer on W7 definitely does not do this extended activity (I don't get the hard drive light flashing, it doesn't take 30+ seconds, and it doesn't hang when I'm trying to do the drop-drag; thus, W8 is definitely doing something different than W7, and thus I need to know that ccleaner explicitly deals with this.) The bottom line for me is that I do NOT want any trace of the filenames, folder names, directory names, parent folders, metadata, thumbnails, MRU, etc etc. of any folders that may be connected or available while Win8 is running once I've run ccleaner. I know that ccleaner deals with most of this in general, but its this new Win8 activity that has me concerned. I use winapp2.ini and have quite a few things checked, but since I don't know what the Win8 filename/metadata cache is, I can't be sure its being wiped. And since Win8 is clearly different than Win7 I need to know that ccleaner understands this and deals with it. Sorry for my pedantism, but waaaaay too often I find that people in forums who know only a little, or believe they know a lot, or want to come across as knowledgeable, will make statements that aren't in fact true. So its important that someone can acknowledge an understanding of how Win8's File Explorer is different in this regard (since it clearly is doing something different than Win7), and can identify where the filenames are being cached to. From there I can then identify if ccleaner deals with this. Best regards
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