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  1. Arghh!


    When answering a query from a poster I set the 'Save to INI' to check out just how it works.


    So once I'd done that I deleted the CCleaner.ini


    And then found that everything had been reset to default, including my Cookies to keep, my ticked options for general cleaning, and even the registry cleaning option. (which I don't much use but still).


    If CC can keep my settings when I'm not using 'Save to INI' why does it junk them when I have used it and then deleted the .ini file?


    OK, it's not something that you will do often, but perhaps the 'Check for ini' routine (I'm assuming) could be changed to keep the last settings if the .ini is not found?

  2. If you go to Options > Advanced you will see an option to 'Save all settings to INI file'


    Ticking this means that a file called ccleaner.ini is created, and maintained, in your C:\Program Files\CCleaner folder.


    This file contains all your current CCleaner settings, including 'cookies to keep'.


    (Be aware that if you create this file and then later delete for whatever reason, CCleaner will reset to the default settings next time it is run; presumably because it's looking for the .ini and can't find it).

  3. On my old computer running XP, I have many index.dat files located in weird directories like TEMP.

    These may not be Internet Explorer 'index.dat' files, they may have been created by another programme (or programmes).


    The .dat extension is commonly used for data files (files that are not human-readable and do not hold a document-based binary file).

    It's possible to find files named 'index.dat' that are not used by Internet Explorer.


    Indeed it is often hard to find the Internet Explorer 'index.dat' files themselves because they are designated as System Files and do not not normally show up in Windows Explorer, even with 'show hidden files' selected.

  4. What text editor were you using? 


    Is the file extension .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, or some other?


    If you are lucky then in the same folder there will be a file with the same name but with an extension of .bak

    This is a backup of the file.


    If you rename this to change the .bak to the same as the corrupted file the it will open and you can see what it contains.

  5. Ccleaner is not an anti-virus or anti-malware programme.


    It is a junk cleaner. (Cleaner = Crap Cleaner).

    It clears out cookies, caches, saved forms, saved logins, etc.


    If you want to check for and remove 'dangerous' files on your system then I recommend that you go to Malwarebytes.com and get their anti-malware scanner.

    While you are there get the anti-exploit as well. (And possibly the Junkware Removal Tool).


    None of the above are anti-virus programmes, choose one of those yourself.


    If you use Ccleaner, in conjunction with an AV, and regilar scans by the others I have mentioned then you should be pretty safe.


    Best of all they all have Free versions which are sufficent for a normal home user.

  6. My free version of CCleaner says, in the lower right hand corner "New version click to download".

    When I click, I'm sent to what I believe is the upgrade page to CCleaner Professional. v5.18.5607



    This is normal.

    It can be a bit confusing if you are not used to it; what you do next is-


    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the 'No Thanks' button.
    • You will be taken to another page from which you can download the latest Free version. (or buy one of the professional versions).

      Click on the download button for the free version and it will download a file called 'ccsetup###.exe' to your computer.

      (You may be redirected to the Filehippo page, if you are then be sure to click the GREEN download botton there, not the Blue one).

    • Double click on 'ccsetup###.exe' that has been saved to your computer and it will install the latest free version, overwriting the previous version.
  7. Just to note that since Patch Tuesday this week my Windows 10 is also now having problems with Windows Updates.


    Takes ages 'Checking for Updates' every time.

    It just spent 10 minutes to find a Defender Definition update, installed it fast enough, then went back to 'Checking for Updates' for another 5 mins.

    Before Tuesday it would take less than a minute to do a Defender Definition update and the checks..


    Windows Modules Installer Worker also keeps firing up and taking 60-70% CPU and 80-90% disk access for 15-20 mins at a time.


    I'm searching for solutions but most of the online suggestions involve turning off Automatic Updates, which you can't do in Win10 home.


    So maybe it's not Windows trying to push Win7 users to upgrade to Win10?

    Maybe its just Microsoft being incompetent (again)?


    EDIT (13:17)

    Well that seemed too easy, just ran Disk clean-up and used the option to Clean-up system files.

    Went and did another Windows Update and it found and installed another Defender Definition update in under a minute.

    I'll keep an eye on it, and the WMIU (I can hear that one start as the disk spins up).

  8. It could be either the 'Saved Passwords' or 'Saved forms' in the browser settings? 


    You could try unticking each one in turn in a particular browser and seeing if that cures it.

  9. New


    I just noticed that they have done this by installing the Widevine CDM Module as a plug-in with the FFx 47.0 update without asking, or even informing you.


    This plugin only has the options to "Always Activate" or "Never Activate" enabled.

    The "Ask to Activate" is not selectable.


    I thought one point of Widevine was that it is a native Web API and so does not rely on plugins?

  10. It does sound like this could have been a desktop icon that had been removed but the graphics still thought it was there and so left a 'hole' for it.


    Have you noticed any programme icon missing from your desktop?


    If it happens again then I suggest rebuilding your icon cache; don't worry its not hard to do, just google it.

  11. I'm beginning to hear from neighbors that Win10 is installing overnight without their approval. No permission. It's just doing it.

    It's probably this:



    They were/are being sneaky again by scheduling the upgrade; the only way to decline the scheduled upgrade is to click on the very small blue 'here' text in the middle of the notification.

    Just closing the alert by means of the red closebox does not cancel the schedule.


    This is considered by most to be a tactic that defines malware distributors.


    They were supposed to have added another pop-up alert if you just close the window by using the red closebox.


    Microsoft are doing themselves no favours with these sneaky, underhand tactics.

  12. Interestingly my bookmark still says http://forum.piriform.com but firefox 46.0.1 automaticaly connects to https://forum.piriform.com when I select the bookmark.


    I've just tested and it does this with other https:// websites as well, even though my bookmarks for them still say http://


    And no, I don't have the Https Everywhere add-on installed.

    I guess mozilla must have incorporated it as standard.


    I'll change the bokmark(s) anyway, but just thought that I'd mention this.



    Apparently its a setting that has been in FF for some time now.

    About:config, browser.urlbar.autofill = true

  13. +1 to this suggestion.


    (Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool does a similar, if slightly different, thing, it automatically creates a Windows restore point before doing anything else).


    If the manager bit is implemented it would also be nice to include an option to do a full reg backup as well.

  14. From what I have read the problem you are having is a Windows problem and can have various causes.

    It often seems to be a issue with having virtual storage (Onedrive, dropbox, etc) pinned to the quick access.


    One of the most often suggested cures is to switch to a local account, and then back to your MS account.


    My question was whether you need the MS account at all.

    It depends on whether you are using anything from the Microsoft Store- say you have MS Office on a subscription, or maybe you have a Xbox.


    If you have anything on subscription from MS, or intend to buy something from the MS store, then you need an MS account.

    You also need one to access Outlook, Skype, OneDrive


    If you do need an MS account then I would do the switch to local/switch back thing to see if it cures your setup.

    I would also check to see if you have the MS account set to require a change of password every so often. (A security feature).


    But to be honest there are millions out there who signed up to a MS account when registering Win8.* or Win10 who are never going to use it.

    It's like having a store account for a store you are never going to visit.

    (Microsoft worded it so it seemed it was needed for the upgrade).


    So there are millions out there who, like me, had a MS account that is/was not used except for the email address / password when switching on and logging in to the PC.


    So changing to a local account for login and deleting your MS account means that you are no longer connected as closely to MS. (Which some would say is a good thing in itself).

    And you won't get nagged to update your Microsoft account- because you don't have one.

    With a local login you can still use the same password/face recognition/fingerprint as before.


    You can also still have a MS account but use a local account to login. (Like in the old days).

    This means you login with your local account and only connect/logon to the MS account when you need to, e.g. to access your outlook mail.

  15. Do you use the Microsoft account for anything other than logging in?

    If not then change your login to a local account:

    Then for completeness delete your Microsoft account:

    I did this last week, following the instructions linked to above, after my MS account would not let me change my email address.
    (Made me wait 30 days then still would not change it).

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