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Windows 7: Cleaning Chrome - apparently not easy...

14 Oct 2010   #1
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
Cleaning Chrome - apparently not easy...

I love using Google Chrome for a variety of reasons but I am finding it a bit complex to actually cleanup personal data. Anyone ever really looked closely at what Chrome keeps? Its a lot. And when things go wobbly, the cache or "bloom" can rapidly escalate.

I like Ccleaner and both use it and recommend to others I help. But even though its developers specifically target Chrome and IE and Firefox, what it cleans in Chrome seems to be the obvious recent lists of files, sites, cookies if you wish. Chrome encodes your browsing information and stashes these ever-expanding 'blooms' and cache's in database files.

Now why would I be concerned with this? Here are just a few reasons:
1. I do work for others, and for many reasons people do sometimes want their personal data purged. My job is to make the customer happy with their computer
2. Google's founding is well-known, having been in part funded and supported by Federal 'spook' agency ops. They've struck deals with the Chinese government and other repressive governments - infamously so. If they'll cut deals with obvious human rights abusers, would they share your personal data with those who want to know? I dunno the answers, I just wonder.
3. Bugs can [and have] cause those stashes to balloon out of control. In the past I have seen these grow to many GB and actually push the hard drive to the max where it was throwing up flags, despite using the builtin purging feature of Chrome AND using Ccleaner. finally had to nuke the db files.

just wonderin' ....


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14 Oct 2010   #2
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Nope. I have the cache limit at 100 MB. I'm using? 96.7 MB

Clearing the cache?


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23 Oct 2010   #3
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
Nope. I have the cache limit at 100 MB. I'm using? 96.7 MB

Clearing the cache?

How did you limit the cache? I'm using Chrome 7.0 and would like to limit my cache as well. I'm an average user, so any detailed info would be appreciated!!
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24 Oct 2010   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You might try Click&Clean (don't use Chrome personally, so not tested by me)

Click&Clean

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24 Oct 2010   #5
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Crap, my computer froze when I was posting my reply, and I forgot I didn't :P

Anywho, if you Rclick your shortcut to chrome, and under the target field you add " --disk-cache-size=N" where N is the size you want to limit the cache to in Bytes.

So the shortcut target field would look like ".../chrome.exe --disk-cache-size=N"

To set the cache location you use the same tag, but DIR replaces the word size. (--disk-cache-dir="CACHE_DIR")
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24 Oct 2010   #6
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Nice!! Thanks
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25 Oct 2010   #7
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

I read the details of Click&Clean mentioned above - its fairly smart. I have not tried it and measured the results.

how many "blooms" do you have? and their size? And crash folders? Apparently it generates a folder for each crash instance. They are not large - just clutter.
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25 Oct 2010   #8
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I haven't been able to locate crash folders. Where are your files getting stored?
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