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CCleaner erasing Firefox cookies by default


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I see partial references to this in older posts all around this forum but was hoping to get the updated low-down on it...

 

When you do a default first-time installation of CCleaner on a system where Firefox is registered as the default browser, even if you uncheck every single option in the 'Internet Explorer' tab, CCleaner wipes out your Firefox cookies.

 

I have fallen for this twice now, and each time have had to laboriously look up old passwords, authorisations, reset my Google settings, etc.

 

I am well aware that you can go to the Applications tab and customise how CCleaner deals with Firefox cookies, but by the time the new CCleaner-user has learnt this they have lost all their Firefox cookie settings.

 

My argument is that wiping Firefox cookies (and perhaps it's other files)should be opt-in rather than opt-out, *particularly* if FireFox is your default browser. Better yet would be that the 'Internet Explorer' options on the CCleaner start page should become 'FireFox Options' or 'Default Web-Browser Options' if IE is not the default.

 

This cookie-wiping behaviour only started a few nudgegrades back, and that's why it took me by surprise. I've mentioned it in afew forums and been sent to the 'Applications' tab and advised to use certain Firefox extensions to protect my FF cookies, etc, but none of this should be necessary in a program as (otherwise)polished as CCleaner.

 

Is there a prospect of this issue being reviewed in CCleaner soon? I should add that I was very happy with CCleaner before this began to happen.

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My argument is that wiping Firefox cookies (and perhaps it's other files)should be  opt-in rather than opt-out, *particularly* if FireFox is your default browser. Better yet would be that the 'Internet Explorer' options on the CCleaner start page should become 'FireFox Options' or 'Default Web-Browser Options' if IE is not the default.

 

 

 

It doesn't matter if you use Internet Explorer or not! Since it's so deeply integrated into the system you are actually using it even if you never open the browser yourself. Many programs that have a built-in update feature utilize Internet Explorer's Temporary Internet Files folder and utilize Internet Explorer's Cookies to download and install the updates, therefore there's no way around it.

 

Since you know Firefox will get it's cookies deleted you can now avoid it by having the option de-selected. Also when installing a new version of CCleaner just install over the old one to retain your settings.

 

If this works with Firefox I don't know, I previously did it with Mozilla Suite when I downloaded mp3's from mp3.com many years ago:

To keep preferred cookies to sites you like visit them to get cookied, and then zip the Firefox cookie file in the same directory it's located. Now if the cookies get deleted via CCleaner or via Firefox just unzip the backup to restore your preferred cookies.

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It doesn't matter if you use Internet Explorer or not! Since it's so deeply integrated into the system you are actually using it even if you never open the browser yourself. Many programs that have a built-in update feature utilize Internet Explorer's Temporary Internet Files folder and utilize Internet Explorer's Cookies to download and install the updates, therefore there's no way around it.

 

Since you know Firefox will get it's cookies deleted you can now avoid it by having the option de-selected. Also when installing a new version of CCleaner just install over the old one to retain your settings.

 

If this works with Firefox I don't know, I previously did it with Mozilla Suite when I downloaded mp3's from mp3.com many years ago:

To keep preferred cookies to sites you like visit them to get cookied, and then zip the Firefox cookie file in the same directory it's located. Now if the cookies get deleted via CCleaner or via Firefox just unzip the backup to restore your preferred cookies.

 

 

 

 

Once again, I don't feel that this kind of special work should be necessary for saving the settings of my default web-browser. I know there are loads of ways to conserve cookies and protect them, but the best of all ways would be if CCleaner treated my Firefox cookies with the same initial respect as it treats those of Internet Explorer (as far as I know, by the way, IE and FireFox share no common files such as temporary internet files and cookies, all of which are located in the 'Profile' folder in 'Application Data' in Firefox on WinXP).

 

I'm not asking for solutions; now that I know CCleaner has started to do this, I'm not worried about it happening again because I've configured it and put a backup regime in place, but the app is going to lose a LOT of FireFox-users who stumble across it(and they are often exactly the kind of people that are interested in system-tweaking/cleaning utilities like CCleaner)unless it starts paying them the same consideration it pays IE users.

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