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  1. Thanks I'll look into this some more. I've download the CCleaner version mentioned above - in fact the version number quoted there is wrong it should be:- v5.39.6399 (16 Jan 2018) This is straight from Piriform's CCleaner Changelog so it must be correct. I'll try using that and see whether that makes a difference to the FF Clear History operation and then try to work out, if possible, what was changed. Oh......I just noticed this in the Changelog whilst I was there:- v5.36.6278 (24 Oct 2017) Browser Cleaning - Firefox: updated Session cleaning rule to support changes in Firefox 56.0* - Chrome (& Chromium): updated Internet History cleaning rule to clean user activity data - Opera: updated Internet History cleaning rule to clean user activity data Default Cleaning Rules - Windows Explorer: Most Recently Used documents and other MRU files no longer cleaned by default - Windows Defender: Scan history no longer cleaned by default - Microsoft Office: MRUs no longer cleaned by default - Edge, Chrome/Chromium, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Thunderbird: Current session data no longer cleaned by default * So there was a change in Firefox when Quantum was introduced which meant existing CCleaner versions would not work as well or in the same ways as they had with older FF. Interesting. If anyone knows what those changes to the session cleaning rule were it would be a great help.
  2. I think I'm having this problem too. I bit the bullet on the new PC I built and started using last year. I decided to use new Firefox and keep it up to date and dear god has it been a pain. But what I did not realise until recently was that I can't get it to do what was simple with pre-Quantum Firefox and that is to delete all FF history without deleting existing active login cookies too. What I've found is that whichever Clear History option I use either everything gets deleted forcing me to re-login on every forum and web site whether I've ticked Remember Me or not. But if I exclude Active Logins it also seems to keep tabs and session information for any of those Active Logins too. So when I restart FF the history shows those from the last session. It is damned stupid. This is where CCleaner comes in. In older versions of FF even if all its own Delete History Options are ticked and used when CCleaner has stored the Active Login ones they're, presumably, replaced during the cleaning process. However it works what this means is that FF is properly cleaned of all session history but the Active Login cookies you want to keep are still there each time FF restarts until they expire. It seems like new FF is now ignoring CCleaner's saved FF cookies. Is this the "bug" that was fixed or was it actually just a change in the way or location new FF stores that cookie information? I ask because I use a CCleaner configuration .ini to include Waterfox (Classic) , which incidentally is up to date and still works like old FF in regard to this matter. Was the 'fix' for this FF problem just an additional location which could be added to any CCleaner version? If so, what?
  3. Some information has not been added here which should have been, particularly since the links to the portable versions have mysteriously disappeared over the last few years. The fact it is you can create a portable version of, AFAIK, any of these Piriform programs: Defraggler, Speccy, CCleaner, Recuva simply by adding a .dat text file to the program's EXE. METHOD Download the installer and extract .exe or 64.exe (for 64-bit OS), and optionally Lang directory to a new folder, name of your choice. Create a blank text file using Notepad in the same folder and paste the following:- #PORTABLE# and save* it as portable.dat and just put that in the same folder Launch the .exe or 64.exe directly or create desktop shortcuts. *If you do not know how to do that:- Simply use the normal "Save" option but change the Save Type to "All Files". Then simply type in portable.dat as the name of the file and save. The only downside to this is method is that you have extract the program's EXE. That means installing it in the normal way first. But since most here will likely already have done that getting hold of the .exe and/or 64.exe is not a problem. However a simple alternative if you do not want the hassle of installing/uninstalling it is actually use 7Zip or other compression archive tool like WinRAR or PeaZip. Just use 7Zip's right mouse context menu option: "Open Archive" and it will display the installer's contents including the two EXE file. Highlight one or both and use the Copy To option and they'll extract and copy to wherever you want.
  4. Apologies for resurrecting this thread but there is clearly something more than just the CCleaner version involved here. I mentioned it in another thread about Speccy and I've just discovered the same thing occurs with CCleaner too. The primary PC I have running Win7 64bit displays and identifies the SSD and two HDDs it has correctly using v5.35.6201. However I have a second Win7 64bit PC using matching SSD and HDDs and the same CCleaner version and there the two HDDs are misidentified as SSDs. Same thing occurs with Speccy and Defraggler. I had a theory that the different might be caused by having progressively updated CCleaner to v5.35.0.6201 on the first machine over the last 4 years. The other machine, with a newly install OS, had that same version virgin installed back in October. I did not notice it had the problem until much later. I've just been playing around with that theory using portable versions on the second PC and discovered the misidentifying problem does not start until v5.30.0.6065. The previous version I have is v5.28.0.6005 but I think there must have been a v5.29.0. something I don't have so all I can say for sure that is that 5.28.0.6005 one does not have the problem. Anyway I installed that version after cleaning out the existing installed version with Revo Uninstaller (Advanced) to get rid of everything. That indeed identified the SSD and two HDDs (two flash drives as well) so I then went ahead and updated it to v5.30.0.6065 - problem reappeared. I then cleaned it out again and tried an even longer string of updating from v4.19 something, rebooting the PC after each install but when I arrived at v5.30.6065 the problem reappeared again. What it suggests is that are some specific systems differences on even closely matched PC which are causing this HDD/SSD ID misreporting issue across Piriform products. But what could it be? I've reverted the version used on the second PC back before v5.30.0.6065 because how can you trust CCleaner for anything when it is misidentifying HDDs as SSDs? Additionally I found I had to deal with yet again the CCleaner settings, both at install and in the Settings menus totally ignoring not to 'Check For Updates'. Despite deleting the scheduled updating task and system monitoring options too. In the end I had to edit the .ini to stop it and that led me to discover that on the primary PC, although I'd similarly deleted the update check scheduled task, it had not needed any .ini editing and was and is behaving itself. But that is another inexplicable difference between the two PCs.
  5. The way you can do this is to create a new task in Task Scheduler and get it to launch Speccy at start up with highest privileges by using an elevated shortcut. I won't lie, I've not done this myself and I do not know how Win10's Task Scheduler works but I'd assume they had not messed around with it so much that the same or similar method could not be used for all Windows OS. There's plenty of information out there explaining the methods in fairly simple terms and tools which can make the whole thing easier, allegedly. https://www.thewindowsclub.com/create-elevated-shortcut-run-programs-bypass-uac No endorsement intended for anything there, that is just an example of the sort of information easily found with a bit of research. Getting it to open minimised may be more complicated but I think that when you have created the elevated shortcut and installed it in start up look under its Properties > Shortcut tab > Run conditions. The default is "Normal Window" but if you open the options you should be able to select "Minimized" or "Maximized". It might be as simple as that but no guarantees.
  6. Tell me about it. Yesterday I had to login to a particular site using an ID code, a pin and a password, then when I transferred to another part of the same site I had to go through another set of security hoops. With things like forums and even utility main web sites the cookies should be fairly easy to identify in the CCleaner Cookies listing either under the actual forum or company name or www. name, often there can be more than one. A thing you can do it wipe your cookies entirely then go to each web site you want to be logged in automatically, login then exit to CCleaner and save the related cookies. It is still A PITA and you'll see just how much ***** you pick up just by launching a browser. But once done you can be pretty sure deleting cookies using CCleaner won't cause as many re-login cases. Most sites have expiry dates to cookies so eventually you will have to re-login to them several times over the course of a year and save the updated cookies again.
  7. My advice is that mpw101 tries significantly reducing the amount of space allocated to RPs and see if that helps. 10% of a 237GB HDD should be way more than enough but whether that will stop the problem alone I'm not convinced. This weekend I suddenly remembered this problem is not new to me and there was a not so old thread I posted in here about such matters. Just found it. Have you checked your actual Restore Points and are not just relying on CCleaner's RP tool? If they're really all still there see this thread I think it might be relevant. Guess who was a major contributor and help then? Andavari The suggestion was that there is a corrupt RP somewhere and that is the problem. Trouble is you can not know which it is so you actually have to do the very thing that appears to be happening but probably is not: delete everything. This is most simply done by turning OFF Windows RP, rebooting then turning it ON again.
  8. So Windows updates sometimes do that now? That is bad, particularly as Windows itself should, automatically, put in a Restore Point before updating. If it is rendered useless by the update why would they do that and delete all the Restore Points including the one they have just created? That explanation does not seem to really fit the facts unless this is unintended Windows 10 behaviour ie. bug of some sort. Whenever Restore Points and AVAST are linked in some way, like this through CCleaner, I always get a bit suspicious. They have a history of interfering with Restore Point use, something I've regularly objected too over the years. No evidence has been provided it is anything like that but something deleted all the OP's Restore Points and they said the same thing is happening on a Win7 PC as well. What type of software might they have on both machines that is being updated on a daily basis and has high enough permissions to be able to do this accidentally or deliberately?
  9. Restore points are deleted by Windows regularly when the allocated space is full. However Windows certainly should not be deleting the current one unless you've changed the default pagefile setting to off. I would check that. There is a default amount of restore point space but you can manually set it to use whatever you want. More space means more restore points are kept for longer rather than Windows deleting them to make space for new ones. On modern systems each 'key' restore point can easily be 1GB but they range from about 600MB upwards. For Win 7:- Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced system setting >System Properties > System Protection tab > Available Drives > Configure button. The allocated restore point volume may have free space but I can not believe that accidentally enabling that CCleaner Advanced setting could have happened let alone do what as described. If you enabled it there should be a warning message about the extra time the cleaning will take and that the recommendation is not to use it. Similarly the CCleaner System Restore management tool can not be used accidentally to delete all restore points. The only thing that I've come across that will unintendedly remove all restore points is on dual boot system, specifically, WinXP and Win7. When WinXP is launched it will see the Win7 restore points as being corrupt and takes it upon itself to delete them all. Despite several methods described in various articles online supposedly stopping that happening the only solution that works is to have the two OS on separate drives and disable the other drive either physically or via the BIOS/UEFI SATA port controls. Utter pain and one reason I gave up on the dual boot and installed XPMode on a VM instead. Used that way it does not delete any restore points. Backing up restore points is possible, in theory. They're stored in the System Volume Information folder which is a system folder usually hidden by default. A backup imaging program like EAsUS Todo can copy system files but whilst I've done that I've never had the need or guts to test restore a restore point using the backup. It would probably require all sorts of permission changes to do it. I'd be looking for a culprit somewhere other than CCleaner. Anti-virus software would be high up on my alternative suspects list.............hmmmmmmm.
  10. I had not checked Defraggler on my most recent PC build until today as it is so recent I still have very little on either of the two HDDs; primary drive is a SSD. But doing some new year maintenance and I thought I might as well use it. Same problem as reported by others here, both the HDDs reported as SSDs. Version 2.22.33.995 is indeed the culprit. So much for the 'vital' importance of keeping your software up to date; I installed all up to date software when I finished the build and it is not the only program I've had to remove/roll back because of similar issues. I know the version of Defraggler on one of my other PCs does not have this problem so I'm going to uninstall the v2.22.33.995 and reinstall Defraggler using one of the old installers I've archived for problems like this. If anyone else here has had the same HDD/SSD misreporting and wishes to revert to an older version too it is likely you can find an old Defraggler installer at FileHippo but make sure it is that older version selected because sometimes the old version links at those archive sites download the latest one instead. EDIT 1 Interesting. When I actually checked my Defraggler version on the other PC which is practically the same: identical SSD primary drive and two similarly matched storage HDDs ie. same make and size as those on the first PC. Those are the HDDs which Defraggler v2.22.33.995 are reporting as SSDs on that PC but are reporting correctly as HDDs on this one with.............................what turns out to be exactly the same Defraggler version! I had to think about this and I'm going to test this theory later and report back the result. The only difference I can think of is that on the first PC v2.22.33.995 was a completely fresh install on a virgin PC build. On the other machine that version was installed as an update to the previous version, likely v2.21.0.993, and that similarly installed as an update and so on back to when the PC was first used in 2016. So my theory is that something is wrong with v2.22.33.993 but when the previous version was updated there was something already there that was not updated because it does not normally need to be. I'm going to try thoroughly uninstalling v2.22.33.995 on the first PC, re-installing Defraggler from the older version installer I have, v2.21.0.993, and then updating that to v2.22.33.995. EDIT 2 Tried that but no joy. I did every combination of old and v2.22.33.995 install I could think of on the newer PC using both v2.21.0.993 and an even earlier v2.20. I tried updating by fresh downloads of v2.22.33.995 from 'Piriform' and third party sites and the older versions all freshly downloaded too. I used the same older installers to incrementally update the installation too ie. from v2.20 > v2.21>v2.22 rebooting the whole PC between installs. Same problem recurred when v2.22 was installed. I also created a portable version of v2.22.33.995 and ran that but it produced the same HDDs misreported as SSDs issue as does the installed version. So what the hell is causing that and why can my other PC (see attachment) use v2.22.33.995 without any similar trouble? Speccy too misreports the same two HDDs as SSDs on this PC but on the other absolutely correct. As said earlier they're very similar set ups, Win 7 Pro 64bit OS, both Gigabyte MBs, 3rd gen Intel CPU on this PC, 4th gen Intel CPU on the other. The actual SDDs and two HDDs in each are identical makes and sizes the only difference is the partitioning of one of the HDDs. I can not think why there would be this difference in reporting. If anything you'd think it would be the other way round as it is the one with the 3rd generation CPU and slightly older MB that is misreporting the HDDs as SSDs. Mysterious - I hope somebody can come up with an explanation. However as it is apparently the only solution for anyone having this problem is, as others have said here, to install Defraggler v2.21.0.993 instead. Remember to go into the settings and untick the Settings > Options: update check too. BTW if you're playing around with either older or newer Defraggler or other Piriform installers be very careful. Some come with a Chrome browser install pre-checked and the latest one similarly 'offers' the latest version of CCleaner in a pop-up. Also with the v2.22.33.995 installer only use the "Custom" install option or you will likely get it replacing Windows defragmenter too.
  11. Don't we all? A new serious security flaw has been found in Win10 only this week. Updating your OS to Win10 for better security and performance is very important (irony intended if that was not clear). WinXP and Win7 FTW.
  12. I'd uninstall it using Revo (Advanced option scan to get all left-overs). Then reinstall a fresh copy from the download links at the top here. It should not take a long time to open or display in the normal way. With Windows 7 64bit you get the familiar UAC admin consent dialogue box when you launch Recuva which I believe Windows 10 should also do too. I would have suggested you try the portable version of Recuva instead but unfortunately Piriform have surreptitiously ceased providing that version - the links from the build page lead to a page with a portable download link but the actual file downloaded is their standard installer .exe. You can still create a portable installation from either of the installed 32/64bit recuva .exe files fairly easily but doing that rather defeats the point of testing a system with portable version of the same program in this particular case.
  13. Possible your anti-virus is the culprit? Look for it in your AV's quarantined folder or sandbox. If you have it set to quarantine or even delete suspicious files or it does that by itself without asking then that may be an explanation. Suspicious file can just be ones with suspicious behaviour and a recovered deleted file reappearing again might be enough to trigger a paranoid AV. I'd try recovering another a test file and see if that happens again.
  14. You have to click on the SCAN button to get it to search for deleted files in the location specified. By default that is just C:\ ie. your primary drive but all other locations are available from the drop down menu. In the file search options box the default is every file type but you can change that to narrow down the search to a particular custom folder path or for more general Picture, Music, Documents, Video, Compressed or Email files using its drop down menu.
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