Recommended Settings and use of CCleaner – Temporary Internet Files Clean Up Browsers, Applications

Recommended Settings and use of CCleaner – Temporary Internet Files Clean Up Browsers, Applications

TO CLEARN TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES IN ALL BROWSERS GET CCLEANER….

CCleaner – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (very popular, safe,
freeware/donate)
CCleaner supports the cleaning of temporary and unneeded files from
certain …
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCleaner
CCleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/

ADD FOR FIREFOX….

BetterPrivacy :: Add-ons for Firefox
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623
Customize Firefox, Thunderbird, and other Mozilla products with
thousands of … Better Privacy serves to protect against not deletable
long term cookies,….http://addons.mozilla.org
….deletes flash cookies that none others generally delete. Cookies
should only be given session cookies permissions as a privacy and
security issue (cookies have been broken into by malwares) and only if
necessary.

CCLEANER SETTINGS / RECOMMENDED CLICKS
( CCleaner is for newbies and is indeed a Power User software utility
for the advanced user as well ! )

****THERE ARE TWO SETTINGS COLUMNS – REVIEW *****

**** WINDOWS TAB / TOP

WINDOWS….
# Check all for Internet Explorer (ALL ! )

WINDOWS EXPLORER
# Recent Documents, Search Autocomplete, Other MRUs
(Do NOT click Network Passwords as no doubt this will keep deleting any
Router type passwords in the system and you will have to keep typing in
the Network Security Key (router password) each use.

SYSTEM
# Empty Recycle Bin (IF you are sure you do not need to recover mistaken
deletions here. Be sure or do NOT check and simply open Recycle Bin and
delete manually)
# Clipboard
# TEMPORARY FILES IS SPECIAL….. CCleaner only deletes these after they
show as 2 DAYS OLD or older. IT IS BEST TO NOT CHECK THIS UNTIL THERE
HAS BEEN AT LEAST A COUPLE AND MORE DAYS AFTER EACH SOFTWARE
INSTALLATION OR MAJOR CHANGES TO THE SYSTEM SUCH AS WINDOWS UPDATES.
Instead you can click this and then DO NOT CLICK RUNCLEANER BUT RATHER
CLICK “ANALYZE” which will not delete anything but scan and present what
is available for deletion. If you see anything under around 100M size of
files you are okay. UNLESS you have the Windows Updates icon in the
bottom tray that says you have Updates to install – THEN anything over
100M size files total present may indicate malware present and has been
running for awhile creating these.
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE BLOG TO KNOW WHAT AND HOW TO USE THIS….

Temporary Internet Files – Windows Temp Files, Safe To Delete ?
January 14, 2010 — bluecollarpc
https://bluecollarpcwebs.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/temporary-internet-files-windows-temp-files-safe-to-delete/
ADVANCED
# DO NOT CHECK ANYTHING IN ADVANCED OR YOU MAY CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO
THE SYSTEM.

****APPLICATIONS TAB TOP

FIREFOX/MOZILLA
# CHECK ALL EXCEPT “Compact Databases”

APPLICATIONS
# CHECK ALL (According to what you have installed – example: Adobe
Reader history)

INTERNET
# CHECK ALL (histories)

MULTIMEDIA
# CHECK ALL (histories)

WINDOWS
# OPTIONAL – You can check these or not if you wish to review using
these and do not want the histories (logs) deleted.

CCLEANER – SOME MORE POWER USE CLICKS 

{TIP: When using ANALYZE make sure you have clicked Run Cleaner and THEN add the items you wish to check without deleting with ANALYZE. Otherwise you will be looking at all the junk files you would normally delete anyway and will muddy the results of an Analyze scan as then you will just see the particular files you wanted to investigate WITHOUT all the other junk files added in the Analyze results.}
WINDOWS TAB TOP
—————–
SECTIONS:

WINDOWS EXPLORER
# RUN IN START MENU MAY NESS WITH START UP ORDER APPARENTLY AND WOULD BE BEST LEFT UNCHECKED

SYSTEM 
# Memory Dumps, Chkdsk File Fragments
…. both of these should be left UNCHECKED as they will invariably only come into play at the rare Computer Crash event. This will inevitably create some special helpful information files of the event (annonymous) that will help Microsoft (or others involved – softwares, browsers, causes – annonymous) that may send out invisibly at the next computer start up.
(There are settings in the Control Panel to turn these off or on – reports – RECOMMENDED to leave ON to be a help to all computer users for causes of these undesirable events that they may create patch/fix/updates to prevent the occasion from occurring again for all) .
(After the computer seems to be working again okay – you may want to check these and then click ANALYZE to see if there are any items here available per scan to delete safely. They would be really small no doubt in size not really affecting overall performance memory wise.)

# Windows Log Files …..are safe to delete, DO NOT click this as a regular clean up each time. These Logs are created automtically by Windows and can contain some information recent events that may be EXTREMELY HELPFUL to discover problems that can be easily fixed. Time to time the computer has been working fine would THEN be a time to ADD THIS to the Run Cl;eaner clean up. It will save nominal disk space as these are never really that big and in text only. The first clean up of these may be a large clean up as to 1M to 10M even at first run and if the computer is a couple years old. (They do pile up needlessly. ) TRY the CCLeaner Analyze first to see files size as example. OTHERWISE LEAVE UNCHECKED ! ! !

# DNS Cache, Font Cache ….. LEAVE UNCHECKED and do not use unless directed to by an at least Advanced User or Tech professional.

# Shortcuts…. DO NOT use this and simply delete those manually as many normal icons you use will suddenly disappear be using this to delete them. For power users building their own custom systems , this may be a desirable action to use this deletion feature.

ADVANCED
# NEVER USE ANY OF THESE UNLESS YOU ARE AN ADVANCED USER OR TECH PROFESSIONAL ! ! ! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ! ! !

AS MENTIONED CCLEANER IS NOT JUST FOR NOVICES AND VETERAN WINDOWS USERS – IT IS ALSO A PREMIUM SOFTWARE FOR ADVANCED AND TECH PROFESSIONALS USAGE (free tech help at forums, groups , lists etc. )

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How To Delete Java Temporary Files – Avoid Java Malware Exploits

As well in security it is also recommended to go to Start > Control Panel > Java and open the Java panel and click “Do Not Store Temporary Files On This Computer”  ….

….Malware as well has used Java to infect computers (AND FIREFOX ! ) and can hide in these temporary files in the system. This will not affect navigation at all. These are like Temporary Internet Files and are stored for re-visit to a website to load it just a tad faster as the Temporary Internet Files are used for and stored for those reasons. These are junk/trash files completely safe to delete. (In other words when going to a website – any images and pictures and some text items are stored on the computer as well as the cookies files. When re-visiting that same website – these are uploaded from the computer rather than re-downloading then over the internet each time which makes the loading of the website page a tad faster. In real world – it is like nano seconds of no real noticeable speed to the naked eye. )

What are Lost Clusters and How To Delete Safely

What are Lost Clusters and How To Delete Safely

This is in response to a group list I am a member of with a real gem here…..
“> Useful tip?
> A link that resolved this problem:
> http://blog.dotsmart.net/2008/06/12/solved-cannot-read-from-the-source-file-or-disk/#comment-1995
>
> I recently had my PC lock up during a defrag which resulted in a corrupted 0
> byte  file on my desktop that I was unable to even ‘delete on next boot’,
> rename etc. Kept getting “Cannot read from the source file or disk” ……

My response……
I have seen in malware removals – specifically spyware installations – that a fragment or piece of the files/registry keys installations left over can cause a similar problem and may be the definition of the actual “unreadable / undeleteable file” . It is called “lost clusters”. When spyware is trying to “hide its tracks” like when using SMTP Mailers or transmissions of any sort of personal data it snooped on, they will cause violent brute force crash/dump/reboots of the system performing mini dumps of communication data and logs etc.  Once they have their information stolen, they really don’t care what happens to the pc stolen from – and always lack sophistication of programming with Windows and are just their best efforts at hacking the system and earn their name “malware”.

My experience with other than the Windows built in Disk Defrag are that they seem to have problems actually performing the task and can cause problems. I do NOT use them. In my experience, they have been created at both the ignorance of the Windows User not knowing that Windows has these accessories already included with Windows and also that the freeware/shareware software utilities always want to promise much faster speeds than Windows Accessories to perform like-tasks.

Computer Maintenance is necessary for optimum healthy performance of the Windows Operating System. In years past to present, at various groups/lists/forums with tech help and malware removal help – too many users balk at this and end up there for help. Novices (newbies, as I once was) do not realize this until way down the line with one helluva slow computer and start looking for help. The newer generation of Windows Users seem entranced with the media eye candy blitz and gaming. Any type of maintenance or security tasks turns a deaf ear in too many cases. In fact, in security products – this ignorance and apathy of Windows Users has given birth to “cloud computing” security products and the step down of the secure Vista system to Windows 7.  Microsoft and the security products industry have catered to these type users as actually a majority. These have done their best to keep these PCs free of malware that affects the entire world web community – networks, ISPs, and consumer PCs – that, if infected, continually pump out spam and malicious wares to infect others and bog down bandwidths and are an expense.

With Lost Clusters (file/key fragments no longer belonging to files or softwares or programs or installations) can and should be cleaned up with Files and Registry Cleaners. This is done with regular Computer Maintenance. This is the one main area that Windows Accessories does not perform adequately. A couple products I have used work well to delete these in clean up sweeps…. the original Trend Micro antispyware had the free included clean up utility that addressed these. I believe it is still part of their newer suite. The Uniblue clean up products in fact have the exact phrase “Lost Clusters” to check in a clean up sweep. A really good ‘Genuine Freeware’ (not ad driven) has been CCleaner used by millions and millions (they accept donations).

Cleaning up junk files should be performed daily – even hourly or per session. “Internet Tracks” are a spyware target. These cleaners also, generally all of them, clear caches as well that free session use memory and speed up navigation instantly. The only dangers is to be careful, specifically, with Windows TEMP files clean up. (This can be done safely with the Windows Accessories / Disk Clean Up time to time – weekly/monthly) and I recommend reading a blog I did on this ….. https://bluecollarpcwebs.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/temporary-internet-files-windows-temp-files-safe-to-delete/ …..briefly, the dangers with these are corrupting a newly installed software or like Windows Update etc. These use these up to a week or so, depending on whether there has been actual use of the new installation.

The whole idea of my reply is not targeted at you, but you have a good topic here and I have added my experience comments that others may read or add to or may have helped. The idea here in my context is that this occurrence may have been easily prevented by ongoing Computer Maintenance tasks that clean these up and add navigation speed and general computer health for optimum safe performance. It takes a while to realize that a desktop computer is kind of like a young or teenage child that needs your attention time to time and can not be ignored.

HERE is the technical definition…..

What is lost cluster? – A Word Definition From the Webopedia ..
http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/L/lost_cluster.html
“Also called a lost allocation unit, or a lost file fragment. A data fragment that does not belong to any file, according to the system??s file management system, and, therefore, is not associated with a file name in the file allocation table. Lost clusters can result from files not being closed properly, from shutting down a computer without first closing an application or from ejecting a storage medium, such as a floppy disk, from the disk drive while the drive is reading or writing. ”

In the defrag process, apparently it could not move and assign the lost cluster fragment to any software, file, or program and caused the error message. Again, computer maintenance clean up performed before the defrag process to achieve a tight speedy disk may have prevented this.

Of course this is my opinion from the college of hard knocks in personal experience as not a programmer etc. As well, I have discovered many forums have administrators and moderators that actually run PC Repair Shops or services and have intentionally or ignorantly deliberately given bad advices to these and similar scenarios which then cause further problems down the line or immediately. On the larger scale you can google the “Unscrupulous PC Repair Guy”. They are real scams. They love to use the term “snake oil” for these and malware removal practices and may even recommend never needing antivirus ! Unbelievable.

gerald philly pa usa
webmaster http://bluecollarpc.us/
(Community Help Site)

Temporary Internet Files – Windows Temp Files, Safe To Delete ?

Temporary Internet Files – Windows Temp Files, Safe To Delete ?

Now here we go – needed is the quick computing lesson about what Temporary Files are safe to delete and not. The one piece of information in all my years around forums and personal websites (Community Help) was about software Temporary Files via software programs created was never mentioned or explained. This is by people that don’t know and never asked yet have great looking websites with plenty of other great information. How they all seem to miss this simplicity is a mystery and for all these years.

To clean up and why….. All the “clean up your tracks” and the “clean up your browsing history” and the “clean up your temporary computer history files” and all the like (and for personal security reasons) are all these various clean up utilities and many free for download and how to get to and clean up in a click the Windows / Temp files. HOWEVER, please read and for a trusted safe utility for these – I am only going to mention one of the most trusted and used and is actually Genuine Freeware (no ads, not ad-driven) and that is CCleaner HERE:

CCleaner – Home CCleaner created by Piriform authors of the hugely popular
freeware tools CCleaner, Recuva and Defraggler.
http://www.ccleaner.com/ 

 What is always safe to delete are “Internet Temporary Files” like when you open Internet Explorer (others – Firefox, Chrome) > Click Tools > Internet Options > Browsing History……
These are Windows magic, which makes computing fast (like a nano second actually) . These are all the like graphics images and pictures an gif (cartoon/animated) stored on the PC from each website you visit -continually but not doubles – and with each visit these are about instantly pulled up rather than re-downloading them which really has helped with Dial Up connection computing. If these are not deleted, they just keep piling up and  piling up and are literally trash files – worthless other than for the speed afforded. Security wise if these are tapped by some spyware etc, they can see  browsing history like financial logos or even password protected sites visited just by the graphics and pictures, images from the visit. You can plainly  see this in their several folders – click View these. Also you may come across Windows Media movie files if you downloaded to view or there may have been an embedded player play one – but the entire copy of the movie is here (may have changed with newer versions of browsers) . You are not going to see all the text on pages here.

PART TWO….. is the software and Windows temporary files. WINDOWS TEMP FILES ARE TO BE TREATED LIKE SOFTWARE INSTALLATION TEMPORARY FILES WHICH ARE NOT TO BE IMMEDIATELY DELETED ! The software temporary files from installations are found when using Disk Clean Up (part of Windows). If you run Windows Disk Cleanup these will be presented as a menu item. You never delete these as you will see by highlighting them and click once to show the information about these at bottom and Windows explains like “these are safe to delete…. not used in 2 weeks or so…”.  Softwares may or may not use these but after installation and after first usage. If the software is working just fine and on your way – that is when these are safe to delete. They are kind of like the “Repair Software” process many softwares have built into then rather than delete/reinstall a software with problem. These are usually special type or shareware software programs with Repair – not like little free utilities or Solitaire games etc.
These softwares have built into them to bug fix and restore missing program files in Repair (saves the time of uninstall / reinstall). This is why you wait for new softwares to convince themselves they are installed correctly and working properly before deleting their Temporary files. THIS is how Windows TEMP files are to be treated. DO NOT simply click Delete in clean up utilities and certainly NEVER manually delete their Folders and make sure these  are NOT included in clean up utilities that have the “Delete All Zero Content (empty) Folders” – uncheck this – it is VERY irresponsible as there can even be Log Files Folders as part of an installation that just happened to be empty (zero content) or security Log folders and so on. Uninstalled software  many, many times leaves an empty folder in Windows / Program Files. These are trash and is what those utilities features were referring to but will delete the others being part of the software.

To delete Windows / TEMP files best practices are to be in a low/no lot of activity going on with softwares and the internet and on and on. If you are
going to run this clean up it should after like when you are shutting down for the day – everything closed and after a fresh reboot from this. Let the PC  sit for at least 5 minutes after it has started and all loaded ready to go – and observe any scheduled feature you may have (calendar reminder etc).  Close down all programs you can from start up tray. Keep it calm and wait a minute and more with these actions. You don’t want Windows running to  perform this. You have things shut down NOTHING running and waiting a few moments and your PC is on and very still and quiet….. NOW run the  Windows TEMP clean up. Otherwise there may be mistaken deletions or rather error messages that certain of these files are in use – “can not delete  the selected files” and the bang noise (fatal error bang) even.

Along all these clean up lines there all also the Windows Logs and Error Reporting etc. Do not delete these unless any bug or glitch or notification of
Windows sending out an error report and so on is days past like at least a week or so. Over cleaning can actually back fire and slow down the computer  if and when replacement files need to be created. Certainly after cleaning up the Temporary Internet Files – the first couple clicks to websites take that  nano second extra because it can not fetch the temporaries and has to download them.

RANT: Said all that to say this….. some groups or forums or people would have just answered “yeah, they are definitely trash and safe to delete – just click delete all” . There was nothing further from the truth. You then go to the next one to see the person asking how to fix missing files. Two, three  paragraphs are necessary to answer most security and computer help questions …. not a text messaging group with one liners that grew out of pay per  minute internet from Usenet days before Windows 95.

As well in security it is also recommended to go to Start > Control Panel > Java and open the Java panel and click “Do Not Store  Temporary Files On This Computer” ….Malware as well has used Java to infect computers and can hide in these temporary files in the  system. This will not affect navigation at all. These are like Temporary Internet Files and are stored for re-visit to a website to load it just a tad faster as the Temporary Internet Files are used for and stored for those reasons. These are junk/trash files completely safe  to delete. (In other words when going to a website – any images and pictures and some text items are stored on the computer as well as the cookies files. When re-visiting that same website – these are uploaded from the computer rather than re-downloading then over the internet each time which makes the loading of the website page a tad faster. In real world – it is like nano seconds of no real noticeable speed to the naked eye.) 

 

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