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Windows 7: Is it safe to use tools like ccleaner on an SSD?

19 Jun 2012   #21
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Deacon: With respect to the Angry Birds Chrome issue, it's not quite as simple as the browsing history.

If I go into Chrome, log in to my google account and look at my Angry Birds status, I see my progress. Within Google Chrome, if I go into Settings, Advanced and clear my browsing data (clear download history, clear browser history, and delete the browser cache), and start and stop Chrome again, my progress is STILL there.

If I go into Chrome and choose to clear browsing data (including the cache, history AND COOKIES and other site Plug-In Data), and then reload Google Chrome, my progress is STILL THERE.

If on the other hand, I launch ccleaner and let ccleaner clean by it's default settings, my PROGRESS IS GONE. If I go into ccleaner, click Applications, go into Chrome and UNTICK cookies, my progress will remain.

So, it's not really Ccleaner clearing the browser history that causes the save games to disappear. But rather the way it handles the Cookies by default.

So, I know this is kind of nitpicking, but it just goes to show that ccleaner might have unintended consequences under some circumstances. Cleaning within Chrome didn't wipe out my save game progress, but letting ccleaner do the cleaning, resulted in having to start over at the beginning.


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19 Jun 2012   #22
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

When you first start CCleaner, you are prompted if you want to leave cookies to some well-known and most frequent sites. Did you select yes or no to this?

I'm just wondering if this has a difference.

I was able to replicate that issue by cleaning in Chrome on my nephew's computer about 2 months ago. He only had a few levels saved, and was getting a display issue on another site, so I cleared his cache. His saved progress was gone, too.
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19 Jun 2012   #23
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Hmm.... sounds like the root cause is Angry Birds saving user's progress in a cookie.

When I first install CCleaner on client machines I configure what I know to be "safe" settings and one of them is to un-tick the cookies option. I also do a quick "intelligent Scan" of cookies to save those CCleaner deems save-worthy. But CCleaner does not get them all.

I have cleaned clients' cookies before and will do so again because the clients don't and cookies accumulate. BUT I don't routinely wipe a clients cookies because I got tired of explaining they would have to login to their favorite websites again.

As for using CCleaner to clean the registry I have only had 1 problem over the years involvling Dave's Quick Search and that was fixed in the next release. CCleaner 's Registry Cleaner is a very conservative registry cleaner compared with others IMO.

I always examine what CCleaner is going to "fix" (delete) and make a backup of any of CCleaner's registry clean operations (it will prompt you). It is best done right after a routine system image backup is made and it does not have to done that often.
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