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Old 07. Aug 2018, 01:26 PM   #51 (permalink)
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deya, if it's a free alternative to CCleaner you have been using, can you please share its name?
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Old 07. Aug 2018, 03:16 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Yes, no problem. It's HDCleaner, you've probably come across it. I use the 64 bit portable version.

It has more to it than CCleaner, more tools etc, but I'm not sure whether that's a good thing

It's good, but I've found it to be a bit buggy at times - sometimes slow to load, occasional crash so it won't be for everyone and, obviously, requires some learning. But it hasn't caused any real problems for me so far - although I haven't used any part of it concerning the registry. As I said, it's just something I've been trying. It's developed by Kurt Zimmermann Software.

But just to be clear; CCleaner, despite its current faults, is still the better option for those who may read this but can't put right the havoc programs like these can cause if used incorrectly. I can't stress that enough, and more often than not it's best to stick with what you know
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Old 07. Aug 2018, 05:17 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Thanks deya.

I searched for CCleaner alternatives, and the regular names that I came across are BleachBit, Privazer, Wise Disk Cleaner, and Glary Utilities. I might try them sometime.

But yes, as you say, CCleaner is the best, and safest of all the cleaners.. best for general users to stick with it.

Others might be good, but I don't think they are as safe as CCleaner. Although they might have improved, and I will have to try for myself to see how they compare against CCleaner.
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One more option is Privacy Eraser. It can be found here:

http://www.cybertronsoft.com/products/privacy-eraser/

I've downloaded and installed it, but I haven't used it yet.
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Old 08. Aug 2018, 05:26 AM   #55 (permalink)
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As a general rule, I block internet access to all programs by default using an external firewall and whitelist only those programs that I intend to give access. The alert feature of an external firewall also helps to know whenever a program is trying to access internet. Also I don't allow auto-updating software's, I wait for a month or so and find updates to all software's on my system (if any) using SUMo.
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Old 17. Sep 2018, 07:52 PM   #56 (permalink)
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CCleaner Disregarding Settings and Forcing Update to 5.46;

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...update-to-546/
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As a general rule, I block internet access to all programs by default using an external firewall.
Could you please name this Firewall so that I too can download it.

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Old 09. Nov 2018, 07:18 AM   #58 (permalink)
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Could you please name this Firewall so that I too can download it.

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Glasswire, its a great network monitoring/Firewall software. It started out great, then it restricted the Firewall to it's Pro version, but now it's made available in the free version too. It alerts you whenever a process connects to the internet, and you can disable the access to that program by clicking on the "Fire" icon for that process. You can check "Alerts" tab to see which programs tried to access the net and the "Usage" tab to see how much bandwidth did each program use.

Comodo Firewall is another great alternative. With custom configuration you wouldn't even need a resident antivirus on your system.
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Old 12. Nov 2018, 04:17 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Thank you George.J for the information about Glasswire. It sounds like something I might enjoy using
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Comodo Firewall is another great alternative. With custom configuration you wouldn't even need a resident antivirus on your system.
This is not clear to me. With the little understanding I have about antivirus, my impression is that it detects and removes harmful things that come in to the computer due to our carelessness or interference from others on the internet. Could you please elaborate what you say here about the Comodo Firewall and resident antivirus. This is of particular interest to me because I have not been using antivirus for some time.

One further question: Which of these two do you prefer?
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Firewall...

Safe practice can negate the rest of the possible viruses...
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