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Dave B
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 4511
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

5/19/13 6:09 AM

OT-CCCleaner

An thoughts on my downloading a copy of CCCleaner to clear out the temporary files, etc, on my computer? I get so many ad obviously based on cookies and other crap that comes along with internet use that I'd like to get rid of at least some of it.

Experiences?

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Chris Klaren
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Posts: 80
Location: Iowa

5/19/13 7:06 AM

I've had good luck with it using it on an as-needed basis.

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ErikS
Joined: 19 May 2005
Posts: 8310
Location: Slowing boiling over in the steamy south, Global Warming is real

5/19/13 11:04 AM

Got a Mac.

When I had M$ machines it worked well

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Andy M-S
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 3201
Location: Hamden (greater New Haven) CT

5/19/13 11:20 AM

Never used it. If you'd like to avoid ads, I suggest Firefox and one of its ad-blocking extensions.

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Doug
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Posts: 204
Location: In the shadow of the Valley of Death

5/19/13 11:51 AM

CCCleaner

Use it every other day to flush the crud that doesn't self-deport. Have used it for several years with no issues whatsoever. If you get it, also look for "CCEnhancer", a 300k add-in that will get you any updates to the definitions file.
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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6496
Location: Westchester/NYC

5/19/13 12:54 PM

How is that different than just deleting all the temp files and cookies by hand?

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Dave B
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 4511
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

5/19/13 3:43 PM


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How is that different than just deleting all the temp files and cookies by hand?

Apparently it does a better job and is more thorough.

Thanks for all of the comments. It sounds like a good thing to have.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2410
Location: Canberra, Australia

5/19/13 3:48 PM


quote:
How is that different than just deleting all the temp files and cookies by hand?

It's considerably quicker than doing the cleanup manually for multiple browsers, OS temp files, recycle bin, memory dumps, etc, plus it also does things such as scan the registry for old and unused entries, and show all programs that run at startup and allow disabling or deleting any of those startup entries. I've been using it for years and never had any problem.

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Rickk
Joined: 01 Jun 2004
Posts: 526
Location: Montreal

5/19/13 4:42 PM

ditto re. what N.P. said.

ie.
It's considerably quicker than doing the cleanup manually for multiple browsers, OS temp files, recycle bin, memory dumps, etc, plus it also does things such as scan the registry for old and unused entries, and show all programs that run at startup and allow disabling or deleting any of those startup entries. I've been using it for years and never had any problem. [/i]

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 2974
Location: Midland, MI

5/19/13 6:45 PM

One complaint

The only complaint I have about CCCleaner is that it eliminates all the auto-logins I have on various sites (like this one). If I could figure out how to stop that I would use it every day. It is a very thorough cleaner and finds lots of stuff even after other cleaners have been run. I run it when I get the sense that a "deep clean" is in order.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4308
Location: Nashua, NH

5/19/13 8:31 PM

That's the result of deleting cookies.

Any time you delete all of the cookies on a system, you're going to lose the automatic logins and other functionality. There are browser add-ins that will notify you when a site wants to add a cookie and give you the option to accept or reject it. That's probably the best way to go if you're cookie-phobic, but want the advantages they provide on some sites.

BTW, the name of the product we're discussing is "CCleaner", not "CCCleaner". I used it when I was repairing PCs for a living and have used it on other machines I maintain for several years. It's a very reliable product and I've never seen it create a problem.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17129
Location: Portland, OR

5/19/13 8:34 PM

I do my cookies manually exactly for that reason.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2410
Location: Canberra, Australia

5/19/13 9:56 PM


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The only complaint I have about CCCleaner is that it eliminates all the auto-logins I have on various sites (like this one)

Those logins are preserved in cookies. Under CCleaner options, go to the cookies tab and pick the sites for which you want to retain cookies - eg cyclingforum.com. Then when you run a clean you won't lose your auto login to those sites.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4308
Location: Nashua, NH

5/20/13 4:55 AM

If forgot to mention that

It's under "Options". Right-click on a cookie and select "keep".

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6496
Location: Westchester/NYC

5/20/13 7:48 AM


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Under CCleaner options, go to the cookies tab and pick the sites for which you want to retain cookies - eg cyclingforum.com. Then when you run a clean you won't lose your auto login to those sites.

Ah, THAT would be worth the software

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Dave B
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
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Location: Pittsburgh, PA

5/20/13 8:17 AM

Works

I downloaded a copy of it, and after having to bypass a bunch of programs and extra things I didn't want, got it installed. works well. I'll have to remember to exempt the cookies I want to keep next time as it cleared out absolutely everything. I was amazed at how much it removed,

Thanks for the advice

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
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Location: Canberra, Australia

5/20/13 4:32 PM


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I downloaded a copy of it, and after having to bypass a bunch of programs and extra things I didn't want, got it installed. works well.

Yeah, I've always thought it rather ironic that the install for a program designed to help remove crap itself detaults to wanting to install crap.

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Andy M-S
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 3201
Location: Hamden (greater New Haven) CT

5/20/13 7:15 PM

I used to write installers.

I spent close to a decade writing installation programs. I used to tell the other engineers that I was doing "rocket science," because their fancy tech wasn't going to work unless I put it in the right place.

An installer is also the first face of your product that the customer sees.

Maybe that's why I avoid products that have crappy, or crap-installing, installers.

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Dave B
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 4511
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

5/21/13 7:40 AM

Sorry


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BTW, the name of the product we're discussing is "CCleaner", not "CCCleaner".

Yes, now I see that. I don't know where I got the double-C prefix but it is indeed CCleaner.

I did go back to the options tab and set it to save the web site cookies I want to keep next time. Actually, I only use a dozen or less web sites that require a membership or login so resetting them wasn't a big deal but now I won't have to do even that. And, the number of "targeted ads" has dropped to nearly zero after the purge!

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
Posts: 3257
Location: Springfield

5/21/13 1:10 PM

How do you download?

In general how do you-all choose where to download software?

I trust ZDnet, but for instance today my search returned hits like "file hippo" that don't inspire confidence.

One thing I've been doing is to open a Wikipedia page about the company / product and usually they have a link to the official website. Of course official websites have their drawbacks when it comes to purchases, the price might be high or they may not even sell directly.

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Dave B
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 4511
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

5/21/13 3:30 PM

I did a Google search for "CCleaner" (actually CCCleaner but it knew what I wanted) and followed the link to the supplier's web site. As I mentioned above, the actual download required declining a bunch of unwanted tag-along software but it was pretty fast.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4308
Location: Nashua, NH

5/22/13 5:05 AM

Dowload sites

If you go to a manufacturer's site and download from there or from a "mirror" site they provide a link to, you're fine. File Hippo and Tucows may sound somewhat dopey, but I've never had a problem with either.

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