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Can't delete cookie log in CC v2.21.940


geodesic

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This problem is the inverse of the previous question on avoiding the deletion of cookies.

 

I am using CCleaner v2.21.940 and I'm trying to delete cookies (on an XP SP3 system). I have of course have checked

Windows/cookies

applications/mozilla/cookies

applications/multimedia/adobe flash

applications/multimedia/macromedia flash mx [indeed all multimedia, utilities, windows, and applications are checked].

 

I have used firefox's own 'privacy' tab to delete all cookies. I have done the same with MS Internet Explorer 8 (which I don't really use).

I have used another program, track eraser pro, to also delete all cookies.

 

And yet the 'log' persists. It may be growing. I repeat the use of CC cleaner, and here is the puzzling output I get:

 

Output:

> CLEANING COMPLETE - (1.191 secs)

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

> 0 bytes removed.

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

>

> Details of files deleted

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

> Removed Cookie: google.com

> Removed Cookie: francetoday.com

> Removed Cookie: yahoo.com

> Removed Cookie: imdb.com

... [and many, many more cookies follow].

 

Many of these cookies I couldn't haven't visited in over a month. This problem also existed in CCv.2.20, and perhaps before.

 

Under 'cccleaner, options, cookies, cookies to delete' there is a long list of cookies I could delete or keep (I have nothing in 'cookies to keep,' of course.) And yet this list persists or grows even when I have run ccleaner multiple times.

 

So, 1. Is there at least a way I could manually eliminate this log. 2. What is more, this may be a bug.

 

 

My best, geodesic

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Hi geodesic, and welcome to Piriform.

 

There is a Flash Cookie (settings.sol file) which CCleaner is currently missing. It's like a multi-cookie with quite a few names in it.

 

You'll find it here:

 

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys

 

If you have "extensions for known file types" set to hidden, it will just be called "settings".

 

Try deleting that, and see if that clears the cookies. If it does you can add it to CCleaners "Include" feature.

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Thanks for the rapid reply. However, deleting the flashplayer file did not eliminate this extended log.

 

As I said, I eliminated all cookies via firefox's privacy tab (deleting the forum.piriform.com meant I had to re-login).

 

I have listed cookies in this log of 'files deleted' that hark back to ad sites such as 'turn.com' which I never directly visited, and hence don't remember having invoked the flash player.

 

Instead, on repeated runs I still get:

 

> CLEANING COMPLETE - (0.350 secs)

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

> 0 bytes removed.

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

>

> Details of files deleted

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

> Removed Cookie: google.com

> Removed Cookie: francetoday.com

> Removed Cookie: yahoo.com

> Removed Cookie: imdb.com

> Removed Cookie: kanoodle.com

> Removed Cookie: amazon.com

 

... and many, many more cookies, which becomes a distinct trail of where I have been.

 

Oh, and I also completely uninstalled CC v2.21.940, deleted 'Program Files/CCleaner/...' re-installed the program, and the phantom log remained. Nothing else seems out of the ordinary of this XP-Rel3 machine, either with hardware or software.

 

The log must be there somewhere.

 

Thanks again, and my best to those remembering the legacy of Woody Guthrie, geodesic.

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Do you have another drive with cookies on it?

 

No. And I only use one account on this computer, and the persistent cookie log is clearly associated with me. Only one drive, with programs and data mingling (with an occasional link to a backup 500 gig drive).

 

I have searched for this log using various desktop search engines, but it still hasn't turned up. Thanks for the question.

 

My best, Geodesic.

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Your situation sounds similar to another user that was able to find the list of cookies to delete on another drive. CCleaner does access other drives with the new wipe free space option. I'm trying to determine if there is a bug of some kind. If your backup drive shows up in Options > Settings > Wipe Free Space drives, and you have a backup with cookies on it this may be where the list is coming from.

 

Please read posts 14 through 17.

 

http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?s=&amp...st&p=140915

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Your situation sounds similar to another user that was able to find the list of cookies to delete on another drive. CCleaner does access other drives with the new wipe free space option. I'm trying to determine if there is a bug of some kind. If your backup drive shows up in Options > Settings > Wipe Free Space drives, and you have a backup with cookies on it this may be where the list is coming from.

 

Please read posts 14 through 17.

 

http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?s=&amp...st&p=140915

 

Thanks for your reply, but in fact I had:

1. already looked at those posts, and

2. have only one drive.

 

The flash drive I spoke of is dynamically assigned only when it is connected, and the CC v2.19 - v 2.21 have been run many times without any drive being connected, with the same result, a lasting list of sites (via the cookies) that I have visited. So, if one were to look at 'options/settings/wipe free drives' then obviously only the C:\ drive is recognized (and checked). As I have used directly eliminated the cookies via firefox and explorer themselves, and uninstalled and reinstalled CC v.19-21, it seems that CC may have created this record in a place of its choosing. I say 19-21 since, thinking that the newer versions of CC might be the culprit, I went back to install some earlier versions.

 

Thanks again. My best, geodesic

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I've paid a visit to the francetoday.com site, and maybe I'll be able to find where the cookie gets deposited, or any reference to it in a log.

 

But don't hold your breath. :)

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