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Configuring CleanUp! to remove Flash cookies

PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:06 pm
by sgould
If you are concerned about companies tracking your activities via Flash cookies, you configure CleanUp! to remove these for you. Just follow the instructions below:

1. Start CleanUp! (in the usual way)

2. On the main window, click on the Options button to open the Options dialog window.

3. Click on the Custom Files tab, and make sure that the "Custom Directories and Files" checkbox is checked.

4. Click on the Add... button in the bottom right of the dialog, then select a directory something like the following. Note: replace {USERID} with your login username; and replace {SOME_CODE} by the directory name on your system.

C:\Documents and Settings\{USERID}\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\macromedia.com\support\flashplayer\sys
C:\Documents and Settings\{USERID}\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\{SOME_CODE}

5. Click on the Next button twice, then click on Finish to close the "Custom Directory and File Selector" dialog.

6. Click on the OK button to close the Options dialog.

That's it. Next time you run CleanUp! on your system it will remove Flash "cookies" (also known as "Shared Objects").


References:
Code That Tracks Users’ Browsing Prompts Lawsuits (NYTimes article)
More information on Flash Cookies (on Wikipedia)

Disk clean up

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:38 am
by melba
To perform a disk cleanup, you need to use a program that will scan through the hard drive and fix any problems that are on it. There are plenty of free programs which do this online, and the work by scanning through all the files on your hard drive and removing any of the damaged or corrupted ones. This will not harm your computer as it will leave any system files that it will find, and will speed up your laptop by allowing it to quickly find and read all the files it wants.

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