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  1. Sorry to go missing for a bit (disability is playing up, no great problem). I still suspect it's an Edge/Windows problem, especially if you have put 1803 on. Microsoft change things and leave everyone to try and work out what they have done and catch up.
  2. That sounds as if running Edges own cleaning routine is closing down whatever it was that caused CC to say it was still running. So that's a result even if we still don't know exactly what it was. As an extra I would run a scan with Malwarebytes, ADWcleaner, or a similar adware/tracking detection program, just to make sure that it's not an unwanted tracker that was left running. Either of those will find any potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and remove them if you choose to.
  3. Welcome to the fun of trying to find out what the **** is going on inside your computer. (It sounds like you are on your way to learning more about it). Sometimes you can find it, sometimes you just have to work around it. (Computer Logic is not always logical once humans get their hands on it). Unless it is stopping you from working it's best to treat it like a puzzle game. If you like puzzles you will spend time trying to track it down, if you don't like then you will just get frustrated. Who needs to buy an overpriced game when you have this stuff to tax your mind?
  4. That would be the easiest if you can't be too bothered tracking down what else may be opening Edge in the background. As I said above you could uncheck all Edge items, and right click each unticked item to do a manual analyise/clean once in a while, or if you have used Edge. (And if there are files found on a manual analyze/clean that could point to what is using it).
  5. TBH I'm not sure at all, I'm only suggesting what I would try in your shoes. If anyone else has suggestions please feel free to jump in with them. You could try the testing below, or if you can't be bothered with the testing then it may be time to consider rolling back CCleaner a version to see if that works. You can download previous versions from filehippo, look on the right of this page: https://filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ You could try turning off the weather tile, restarting the computer, and running CCleaner analyze to see if that makes a difference. (You can always
  6. I wouldn't call it an 'issue' with CC, CC is just doing it's job as it's supposed to. It's more of an issue of why Edge is running all the time. If you untick all Edge items then CC will not analyse or clean them, then you could right click each unticked item and do a manual clean once in a while. That way you won't get the popup asking you to close Edge everytime you run CC. The real solution would be to find out what is causing Edge to be open all the time and stop it from doing so. If you are not using Edge yourself then something else must be starting it in the backgroun
  7. There have been a few similar questions this week. I suspect that its edge. Microsoft uses internet explorer to store temporary files even if you were not using ie. Edge is supposed to replace ie so I expect that they are now doing the same with edge.
  8. You show there one of the other ways that you can spot these 'empty' files that get created automatically - the byte size is always a multiple of 128 doubling up. These are binary multiples - 2, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, etc. Programmers, and computers, like binary multiples. (To continue the metaphor - the higher the number the bigger the empty box someone has put on your desk). Other files will usually be an 'odd' number of bytes not in that sequence, only as big as their contents need.
  9. I don't use Chrome myself but there have been some recent threads here about the latest CC version crashing chrome. It does seem to be affecting those who use Kaspersky. It's been reported today that an update to Kaspersky has stopped the crashing, suggesting that it was a problem with Kaspersky. There is occasionally a problem when Chrome (and/or Firefox, and/or other browsers) change where they store certain settings, which then get cleaned when you weren't expecting it. This affects all cleaning program until the cleaner developers can work out what has been changed and issue
  10. Sorry, was looking at the designation 'Tracking Files' as being the important question. As to CC finding new things just after a previous run, your first answer was the correct one. They are the same files you have just deleted. Some of the files that get deleted are Windows (and other) files, that get recreated straight away when you delete them. Others take a while longer to get recreated, it depends just what is running at the time. (Which is why you see different numbers of new files). Your computer is using and creating temporary files all the time. These files are crea
  11. Yes, it takes a long time to check and clean Internet Explorer History these days. The reason why gets complicated, but it's to do with changes that Microsoft made to IE which make it harder to check and clean. Even if you are not using IE CCleaner will check it unless you have it unticked. If you are never using IE then you can untick this option, because there will never be any IE history to clean. I have all entries for Edge and IE unticked - Except for 'Temporary Internet Files' in IE which is used by other MS applications, such as File explorer, to store temporary file
  12. From what you say there then I suspect that the 'Internet History' you have unchecked is the one for the Edge browser. I say that because of your statement that " Chrome is not mentioned in the Cleaner items" - so how can you be unticking Chrome's history? If you have Chrome installed then it will be listed in CCleaner, I suspect that you are just looking in the wrong place. You are looking at the Windows Tab, (which shows Edge and Internet Explorer browsers), you need to click on the Applications tab where you will see Chrome, Firefox, or whatever other browser you have insta
  13. After installing the April 2018 Update. (Windows 10 v1803) I just tried running the new version of Storage Sense. It's quick - much, much faster than Disk-Cleanup to scan/remove. It can be easily scheduled to run automatically from the settings. I used the 'free up space now' option. This scanned all files in one go, system files as well as temporary files. (Disk-cleanup needs 2 different, very slow, scans). It presented the scan results nicely with a brief explanation of each category, and then removed them much faster than Disk Cleanup did. There was of course a 'Previou
  14. As the Windows 10 April 2018 Update forced me to reload my desktop image I thought I'd go with a "Spring in Cumbria" one. (OK, the observant will notice that I cheated a little bit).
  15. Installed and up, no problems. It changed the desktop background and added a couple of unwanted icons (Edge & Waves Audio). Soon sorted. Been through the settings, there were a few new ones to turn off, including the timeline feature. Need to check a few other things. eg. It seemed to have turned the (disabled) microphone back on and I think it may also have turned my (disabled) camera back on. EDIT. Yes it had enabled the camera again, probably for the new face recognition/password options. Soon disabled in device manager.
  16. A partial explanation from Microsoft- https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/04/30/how-to-get-the-windows-10-april-2018-update/ Mine just started downloading by itself, I hadn't done a manual check. Maybe they changed their minds again, or maybe I'm "an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10" and something on my laptop had a flag set?
  17. Well it's April 30th, and the April 2018 Update is here. Despite what Microsoft announced previously about the update only being available to manually download/install until May 8th my laptop started downolading it through Windows Update as soon as I switched on this evening.
  18. nukecad

    Lang directory

    It contains the languages and translations for the User interface, usually one .dll for each language. Many installed programmes have such a directory rather than embeding the translations in the main program, but not all are helpful and call it 'Lang' or 'Languages' (Other name variants are 'Resources', 'Variants','Mapping', etc). It's perfectly valid and you can leave it there.
  19. Looks like you deleted a registry entry that you shouldn't have. The Advice from Microsoft is not to use registry cleaners in normal use, they are a specialised tool for use by a technician eg. when recovering from a malware infection. Luckily Windows 10 has an 'Advanced Startup' and 'Recovery mode' that is the place to start repairing your laptop. As you are not getting to the login screen then you will need to perform a 'Hard Reboot'- Turn on and turn off your laptop repeatedly using the power button, doing this 3 times should be enough. (To be sure turn it off yourself be
  20. I don't think there is an intention to deliberately mislead, just general 'advertising speak' such as you see all the time. As I said above it's semantics and how broadly you define 'tracking'. In a sense: Cookies do 'track' what you have been doing, for instance so if you close then reopen your browser it can remember what webpage you were on, or how you prefer to view a forun page, etc. Logfiles are a record of something you did so have 'tracked' you. Temp files are a record of something you did so have 'tracked' you. etc. I personally would call these 'record' files r
  21. MS owned 'Windows Blogs' announcement from yesterday, look at the bottom of the article. The last day when they can reasonably call it the "April 2018 Update" https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/04/27/make-the-most-of-your-time-with-the-new-windows-10-update/#AolQUrPDsG1BbijH.97 EDIT On further reading elsewhere; it should be available to manually download on April 30 but won't start rolling out in Windows Update until May 8 (patch Tuesday).
  22. I decided to take a closer look. I just ran CCleaner (5.42) and the new graphic results showed "1,283 tracking file(s) removed". Switching to the Advanced Report I counted all the file detections and totalled them - you guessed it, 1,283 files. So the new graphic UI is reporting every file found as a "tracking file". As I suspected it's obviously a 'scare marketing' tactic.
  23. I think that this is a sematics question. ie. What exactly do Avast/Piriform mean by 'tracking files'? It's probably not the same as we would mean. I suspect that things such as diagnostics, crash monitoring/reporting, browser version update checks, browser history, etc. is being flagged as a 'tracking file'. Those are not things that I would regard as trackers, but they do fall within a broad definition of tracking. (eg. your browser history is 'tracking' what you have been doing). It's a common tactic with AV vendors, make files found sound more suspicious than they actua
  24. Don't know about the OP, but Firefox is the only browser I use and I got 5.42 from the builds page (linked above) with no problems.
  25. Where were you trying to download it from? Try the builds page, I just downloaded 5.42 from there: https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner/builds
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