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GeekUninstaller v1.3.2.40 Updated

Checker on 31 Oct 2014

GeekUninstaller helps keep your machine clean and organized by removing more traces left behind by standard uninstalls. Minimalistic interface displays recently installed/modified (since the last run of Geek Uninstaller) programs highlighted purple or orange. Includes support for removing programs that normally resist uninstallation.

Functional in 64-bit.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Windows Registry
User>AppData folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No. also connects to
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch geek.exe.
What's new?
  • Increased speed.
  • Improved stability.
  • Switched to Visual Studio 2013.
Latest comments
gbrao on 2014-09-06 05:29

Also accesses the internet, maybe to check for updates, with no option to disable it - that's something I don't like.

Contacted the developer a while back - ignored suggestions.

bzl333 on 2014-09-06 16:39

yep, connects to and added the folder and registry entry on WinXP here too.

Midas on 2014-09-08 12:21

Shame. Phoning home behavior is a check for updates, from when GU was time-bombed, and can be disarmed via hosts file. Regkey and APPDATA folder creation can be taken care with a launcher...

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CCleaner v4.19.4867 Updated

Checker on 24 Oct 2014
  • 13MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Ennovy

CCleaner is a system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused, temporary, and log files from your system, as well as cleaning traces of your online activities such as Internet history and flash cookies. Contains a separate registry cleaner and can optionally use wipe features for both deleted files and drive free space.

See the official documentation for information on generating a list of covered programs search for "Export". An unofficial set of community developed cleaning rules can be found here however it should be noted that many of these rules are alpha and the developers will not provide support for these rules, a thread in the users forum is dedicated to supporting the add-on rules.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights under Windows Vista or above
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CCleaner.exe (for 32-bit OS) or CCleaner64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • Added Windows 10 Preview compatibility.
  • Improved Opera 25 Cache cleaning.
  • Improved exception handling and reporting architecture.
  • Improved Auto-Update checking process.
  • Updated various translations.
  • Minor GUI Improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.
Latest comments
Mixture on 2014-09-29 00:14

Version 4.18.4844 acts too differently from version 4.7.4808. I definitely do not need Active Computer Monitoring. When I clean my browser history with CCleaner, I cleaning it manually, not when someone else tells me to. There's far too much interference in my life from other humans. I am staying with version 4.7.4808.

__philippe on 2014-09-29 13:39

Turns out CCleaner 4.18.4844 "Active System Monitoring" can be turned off, after all:

1. Open CCleaner, then click Options > Monitoring
2. Disable System Monitoring by unticking the box next to "Enable System Monitoring"
3. Disable Active Monitoring by unticking the box next to "Enable Active Monitoring",
and click Yes when the confirmation box appears

See here for an ongoing discussion about "Active System Monitoring" usage:



Mixture on 2014-09-29 14:57

__philippe, thank you very much. Thank God for disable switches in this software. Too bad I can't do the same thing to the NSA and the EPA!

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BrowsingHistoryView v1.55 Updated

Checker on 26 Sep 2014
  • 372KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Checker

BrowsingHistoryView reads the history data of popular Web browsers Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Chrome Canary, SeaMonkey and Safari, and then displays the browsing history in one table. Includes Visited URL, Title, Visit Time, Visit Count, Web browser and User Profile. BrowsingHistoryView allows you to watch the browsing history of all user profiles in a running system, as well as to get the browsing history from an external hard drive.

You can also export the browsing history into csv/tab-delimited/html/xml file from the user interface, or from the command-line.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch BrowsingHistoryView.exe.
What's new?
  • Added 'Save Configuration To File' and 'Load Configuration From File' options.

BleachBit v1.4 Updated

Checker on 9 Sep 2014

BleachBit quickly frees disk space, removes hidden junk, and safeguards your privacy. You can erase cache, Internet history, cookies (including the much-maligned "evercookie"), DOM storage, unused localizations, and temporary files of 70 applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Adobe Reader, APT, and more. Additional applications can be added with the community authored winapp2.ini cleaner list in the Preferences - General tab (requires restart).

Includes wipe function to protect privacy, includes support for 52 languages, and available for Linux.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package labelled 'portable' and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch bleachbit.exe.
What's new?
  • Firefox: Fix DatabaseError: no such table: moz_hosts.
  • Firefox: Purge the table moz_hosts in places.sqlite for the option url_history.
  • Firefox: Delete Necko Predictive Network Actions.
  • Firefox: Delete more session restore files.
  • Google Chrome: Fix error cleaning autofill_dates.
  • Adobe Reader: Use wildcards instead of specific versions.
  • Clean netMRL history in VLC media player.
  • Clean GIMP version 2.8.
  • Improve support for Liferea.
Specific to Linux / Unix:
  • Pass control of the ~/.cache/mozilla directory from the System - Cache cleaner to the Firefox - Cache cleaner.
  • Clean additional locale directories.
  • Clean .mask files in Easytag.
  • Clean more history in the Links web browser.
  • Add packages for CentOS 7 and RHEL 7.
Specific to Windows:
  • Winapp2.ini: On 64-bit systems expand %ProgramFiles% and %CommonProgramFiles% to the 32-bit versions in DetectFile= and FileKey=.
  • Winapp2.ini: Support wildcards in DetectFile#=.
  • Winapp2.ini: Support numbers in environment variable names.
  • System Information: Show ProgramFiles and ProgramW6432.
  • Avoid a crash when starting on Windows with an exception in setting environment variables.
  • Added Latvian translation.
  • Updated Asturian, Brazilian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Malay, Polish, Russian, Swedish and Tamil translation.
Latest comments
Andrew Ziem on 2011-01-05 19:29

Faust, Daniel Feenberg is (according to LinkedIn) currently an IT Director at the National Bureau of Economic Research, so Wikipedia's label of "economist" appears to be a mistake. Also reference the 2006 NIST Special Publication.... so which computer scientists claim any data can be recovered after one pass? Also, I thought it was generous to write that each cleaner probably finds things the other doesn't and that CCleaner is older and more mature. CCleaner is not a bad tool and certainly does many things well.

webfork on 2012-03-16 01:56

Used this to clean up more than 6 gigs of information off a reasonably old Win 7 x64 machine recently. I don't know that it had a major impact on speed, but certainly like that extra 6 gigs. Love this program.

Midas on 2013-10-17 14:51

"BleachBit Is the October [2013] Project of the Month [at].

BleachBit is a nice tool for freeing disk space on Windows and Linux systems. BleachBit also helps to preserve privacy; in this time of privacy concerns, it might be something you want to check out. It's even caught the attention of computer security Technologist Bruce Schneier in The Guardian ( and in Wired ( Read interview with Andrew Ziem on our blog ("

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ChromeHistoryView v1.17

Checker on 31 Jul 2014

ChromeHistoryView is a small utility that reads the history data file of Google Chrome Web browser, and displays the list of all visited Web pages in the last days. For each visited Web page, the following information is displayed: URL, Title, Visit Date/Time, Number of visits, number of times that the user typed this address (Typed Count), Referrer, and Visit ID.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch ChromeHistoryView.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed to display local date/time values according to daylight saving time settings.