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Came across this little flash cookie cleaner a few days ago ... I know that CCleaner and other programs will also clean flash cookies but I like this one since it's a very small and quick cleaner. You can easily check while browsing for any flash cookies and delete them in a second and keep browsing or you can check web sites to see if they are adding flash cookies ... a lot quicker than going to the flash cookie folder to see what's there. It lists "Windows All" but I can't be sure ... it works OK with XP ... no install, just download and use.

Flash Cookies Cleaner 1.2


Removes every Flash Cookie from your system.

Flash Cookies Cleaner is a compact application designed to scan your computer for the cookies saved by the Adobe Flash Player application in order to remove them. These cookies, also known as Local Shared Objects, are responsible for remembering the volume level on Flash video players and other settings for each website.

If you are not comfortable with having these settings saved on your computer you might want to delete them. The problem is that these cookies are not removed in the same way you clean the cookies saved by your browser. Actually, completely cleaning the browser has no effect on these items.

Since every Flask cookie can save up to 100 kilobytes of information, the space used for an intensive Internet user can be quite significant. It is recommended to remove them if you want to clean your hard drive and to avoid the privacy issues.

The application has an easy to use interface that allows you to detect and to delete all the cookies with a couple of clicks. You can also review the detected items before deciding to delete them. Unfortunately, you cannot select the items that you want to remove since the app deletes all the detected cookies.

It has a small footprint and barely uses the CPU even when scanning or deleting cookies. The response time is above average since in our tests it detected and removed over eight hundred entries almost instantly.

This app detected more items than the Adobe Website Storage Settings panel and removed them with no problems. However, it lacks the ability to change the maximum disk space for each cookie and to disable the local storage.

Flash Cookies Cleaner is a useful application for the users that want to completely remove the browsing traces from their computer with minimum effort.

... just to add, I run CCleaner frequently when I have the computer on but I never paid too much attention to flash cookies till I started reading more about them in the last month or so and this little cleaner lets me actually see what has been added to the Adobe folder while browsing. I'm not 100% sure CCleaner removes "all" flash cookies, it very well may ... when I have run CCleaner I think there still might have been a folder or something in that Adobe - Macromedia folder but this cleaner seems to remove everything and it's very quick. I have to recheck CCleaner again on removing flash cookies.

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OSForensics © 2013 PassMark Software @ Sydney.AU http://www.passmark.com/about

DD: Minimum 1GB of RAM (4GB+ recommended) 30MB of free disk space, or can be run from USB drive

OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2012 (32-bit and 64-bit)

HP: http://www.osforensics.com/osforensics.html

SS: http://www.osforensics.com/screenshots.html

Allround-deep-System-View-and-Work-Tool: OSForensics allows to identify suspicious files

and activity with hash matching, drive signature comparisons, e-mails, memory and binary data.
It lets extract forensic evidence from computers quickly with advanced file searching and indexing

and enables this data to be managed effectively.

See the full comparison list between the editions.

Free Edition Feature

- Disk imaging
- Install and run from USB
- Mismatched file search
- Hash Set Management
- File name searching
- Search for Deleted Files
- Find passwords & file decryption
- Collect system information
- Rebuild RAID arrays
- Hidden disk areas- Memory viewer and dumper
- Raw disk viewer
- Detect recent activity
- Verify & create hash
- Create and compare signatures
- Drive zeroing & testing
- Volume shadow copies
- Web browser screen capture
- Manage Cases Limited to 3 cases at a time
- Disk indexing and searching Limited to 200,000 files or EMails
- Restore Deleted Files Limited to one file at a time.

Related free tools:
OSFMount http://www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html
OSFClone http://www.osforensics.com/tools/create-disk-images.html
ImageUSB http://osforensics.com/tools/write-usb-images.html

Other free software http://www.passmark.com/products/index.htm

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Anybody looking for a dual-pane file manager might like to check out 2xExplorer. It's an older program from 2002 and works only with Win9x/NT4/2000/Me/XP. I use it on my XP setup and just like the look and feel of it and it's free of course.

2xExplorer v1.4.1.12

2xExplorer is a free, lightweight Norton Commander type (dual-pane) file manager for Win9x/NT4/2000/Me/XP, fully shell-integrated. Easy navigation and loads of tools make it a good replacement for Windows Explorer, for the advanced user and the novice alike.


* Dual pane layout with extra tree in a dockable pane

* Internal text editor (and RTF/HEX viewer)

* Thumbnail preview pane for images, HTML, office documents

* Lightweight folder synchronization

* Advanced FileFind command

* Automatic building of batch files (e.g. for mass renaming)

* Loads of keyboard shortcuts

* Integrated ZIP file management (for winXP)

* Printing of folder contents and other statistics

* Wildcard-based filters

* Split & merge files

* Create hard links (NTFS)

* Copy pathnames and preview images

* Optional single-click activation

2xExplorer Home Page


There is a newer version called xplorer² but I like the older 2xExplorer version myself.

The download link for 2xExplorer v1.4.1.12 is on the lower right side under Downloads.



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AnyBurn © 2011-2013 Power Software Ltd @ CN/US

DD: Dec 2013 - 1 MB (.zip) - Englisch - Portable & Installer Versionen - Freeware
OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/8.1 or above (32-bit & 64-bit)

HP: http://www.anyburn.com
PP: http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/CD-DVD-Tools/Portable-Free-Any-Burn.shtml

DL: http://www.anyburn.com/download.htm
CL: http://www.anyburn.com/tutorials/history.htm

AnyBurn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that every one must have.
It provides a free and complete solution for burning. You needn't pay for this free burn software!

Main Features:
+) Rip Audio CD to MP3, FLAC, APE, WMA files
+) Burn CD / DVD / Blu-ray disc image files
+) Burn files and folders in your hard drive to CD, DVD, or Bluray disc
+) Burn Audio CD which can be played in regular CD player from mp3, ape, flac, wma files
+) Supports multi-session burning
+) Erase rewritable disc
+) Create image files from hard disk files or CD / DVD / BD discs
+) Copy disc (using sector by sector method)
+) Create image file from files and folders
+) Convert disc image files between various formats
+) View drive and disc information


mYiMpression: :)


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If you are one that likes to tinker with Windows 8, 7 or Vista then this little portable app may be just for you.

The "System Logo Changer" by AlphaWaves allows you to quickly change your logo on the fly and also restore back to default logo as well.



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@duffy98 (reply to post#51)

"I'm not 100% sure CCleaner removes "all" flash cookies.."

FYI: I use CCleaner Professional and can confirm that CCleaner DOES NOT clean all flash files..

DP :whistle:


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Thanks DosProbie for the clarification on CCleaner. I didn't think it actually cleaned all flash cookies after searching around in Google, it is supposed to clean some flash cookies but probably not all. I don't depend on it, that's why I was searching around for a good flash cookie cleaner as a separate program ... I like the program that I posted about, when I have Javascript turned off in the K-Meleon browser (or other browsers) many flash cookies can show up in a very short time, sometimes there will be just a few but sometimes there are a lot of "strange" looking things in the view window.

I check frequently with Flash Cookies Cleaner to get everything out while I'm online, I have a shortcut in the Quick Launch section. The maker claims that it removes every Flash Cookie from your system. I can't be 100% about that also ... but it does remove everything in the view window. I feel better that I can easily check for flash cookies and get rid of them.



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Was missing my old cabmaker app from XP so I went "Googling" and found this neat little nlite add-on over at Wincert.net,

I just converted it over to a batch installer and tested on Windows 8 x64 and works really well for making cabs on the fly (Win7, Win8/8.1).



Happy New Year! DP :whistle:


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== MRU-Blaster v1.5 ==

Here is another cleaner for your "most recently used" lists on your computer. nothing against CCleaner but it also does not clean out the mru files as well but this little app works as advertised. Tested and working on Windows 8 x64.

Download ==> http://www.brightfort.com/mrublaster.html

Enjoy and happy cleaning..DP :whistle:

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Ultimate Windows Tweaker v 3.0 for Windows 8 and 8.1

2013 Paras Sidhu-The Windows Club and @ http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-3-windows-8

Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 8 | 8.1, 32-bit & 64-bit.
Ultimate Windows Tweaker does not require an install. Place the downloaded UWT3 folder in your Program Folder and pin the shortcut of UWT3 exe file to your Start Menu. Simply run its .exe file.
Enjoy! DP :yes:
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Here's an older registry cleaner program that maybe some newer people didn't know about. I believe Fred Langa ... from his old column years ago, recommended EasyCleaner as a very safe registry cleaner for a novice to use. It is older, not updated since 2006 but it works and is much more than just a registry cleaner. A lot in this program ... it's free but listed as only for Windows 95/NT/98/Me/2000/XP. However, Major Geeks says "Windows All" so it is misleading going beyond Windows XP ... maybe it works, maybe not. Probably a registry backup with ERUNT would be in order before trying it out.

EasyCleaner 2.0 by Toni Arts


EasyCleaner is a small program which searches Windows' registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. Deleting these entries will speed your computer up. But as you already might know, deleting entries from registry can be dangerous for your computer, so it is wise to make a backup of your registry. On my computer, deleting entries which were pointing nowhere, speeded my computer up! EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps, backups etc. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some intresting info about your disk space usage! ToniArts may not be held accountable in any way if EasyCleaner affects your computer in a negative way. here's a list of some features:

# Finds invalid registry entries - deleting them speeds up your computer up to 20%!

# Finds duplicate files - deleting them will free disk space!

# Finds all unnecessary files like backups, temps etc.

# Very user friendly!

# Shows some intresting info about your disk space usage.

# Very customizable.

# Uses only little amount of recources while running!

# Huge help file which gives you every little detail about EasyCleaner!

# And much more...

also this site ... but it only lists up to XP as working.

ToniArts EasyCleaner


EasyCleaner is a small program that searches through Windows registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps and backups. You can search for duplicate files and you can view some intresting info about your disk space usage. You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts, and add/remove software list.


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Thanks for the info duffy on EasyCleaner, I can confirm that it does not work with Win8/8.1 (to bad) anyway, I have been using

Registry Recycler Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 (32-bit and 64-bit)

which does a good job and also will do a registry back-up as well..

DP :whistle:



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DosProbie ... Registry Recycler seems to be a nice little program. I tried the portable version and it worked just fine on XP. I see the last update on Nov 1st included Windows 8.1 compatibilty.


Registry Recycler - 1st November, 2013

* Extended Uninstall Entries category scanning

* Added auto Shutdown and Restart settings

* Updated White List

* Minor GUI improvements

* Resolved ownership issue when scanning some registry keys

* Added Windows 8.1 compatibility

So everybody has a program to use. I mentioned EasyCleaner since it will work with Windows XP and older but Registry Recycler will do a registry defrag.

thanks ...


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Registry Recycler Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 (32-bit and 64-bit)

which does a good job and also will do a registry back-up as well..

thanks for sharing Registry Recycler, !! yes, it did a good job on my system as well. Seems quite quick and Easy to use, fast action. Din't saw any improvments with defrag tool but startup managment feature has , i think effectively reduced the time it takes to startup Windows.


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Was looking for a free password generator to have on my computer to use anytime ... there are plenty of online generators but there doesn't seem to be many to download and have ready to use. I found one two years ago but I can't seem to find it on any of my old software CDs / Dvds ... still have some to go through.

However, I found this free one a few days ago and it seems to be very good ... for anyone also interested.

Secure Password Generator


Secure Password Generator is is a free desktop based tool to quickly generate strong & secure password.

Secure Password Generator helps you to create strong password using one or more of the following character sets

* Uppercase Letters (A-Z)

* Lowercase Letters (a-z)

* Numbers (0-9)

* Special Symbols ($,#, ?, *, & etc)

It is very easy to use with a nice GUI interface. You can generate password of length ranging from 5 to 500 characters.

Also being a offline tool makes it easy to use anytime anywhere without internet connectivity.

It is fully portable tool and includes Installer also. It works on both 32 bit & 64 bit platforms starting from Windows XP to Windows 8.

.... forgot to add this earlier ... one thing that I did not like is that when you start this program it tries to connect to the internet as many newly installed programs do today. I have an older version of Zone Alarm installed ... firewall only and that also works great with XP and it stopped it from connecting back home. I suppose if a person is only using the Windows XP firewall that allows outgoing connections ... they wouldn't know this is happening. I set ZA to "not allow" this and other programs to connect unless I give the OK. That could be a draw back if you don't have a firewall that blocks outgoing connections or at least give you a warning. I still think the program seems good and I am using it ... just not letting it connect to the outside, there is no need for it to do so anyway ... it works just fine and I don't need it to be checking for updates or whatever.

Edited by monroe

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Came across this multimedia player that is also portable. I have not tried it but the latest version is dated May 08 2014 (1.6.47450) and still list Windows 9x along with XP. I have several media players already but I may try out the portable version. I never heard of this player but since they still list Windows 9x in 2014, I thought I should mention it. I will take their word that it works on Windows 9x systems, since I am on XP these days.


Additional: Not sure about this portable version ... have tried to download it twice and nothing seems to be in my download folder, not the complete download. I have never seen a portable ZIP download work like this before. The regular download seems to be OK ... just a heads up on the portable download ... I will not be fooling around with it anymore.


Additional (05-13-20140


I did find this working portable version today ... Daum PotPlayer (Portable) v1.5.39659





Daum PotPlayer 1.6.47450 Beta




System requirements: 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8


PotPlayer is a fast and lightweight multimedia player that supports most popular audio and video formats and can be customized with more than 300 skins. Typically, PotPlayer runs smoothly and the CPU usage is kept to minimum. It can play HEVC, WMA, MP3, OGG, AIF, MPEG, VOB, AC3, DTS, ASX, PLS, WAX, ASF, WMA, WMV, AVI, MP4, SWF, MOV, QT, FLV and other formats. Additional features include high quality playback, built-in DXVA video codecs, subtitles support, live broadcasting, video capture, skins and just about everything else you`d expect from a multimedia player. If VideoLan or MPC-HC cannot play your video or sound file, give PotPlayer a try. It has built in support for most video and audio formats, and does not require any third party software whatsoever to work. Overall, PotPlayer is a must-have application for its ability to open just about any type of video file you throw at it. Daum PotPlayer is a continual work in progress – keep an eye out for new features as the developers continue to make PotPlayer the best media player available.

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The "Giveaway of the Day" today (Aug 05) is a Windows cleaner of sorts ... may be good, may not be ... I usually look for what others post about similar free programs. There are several alternative programs mentioned today but this one may be of interest to some members.


*** This program has been updated several times since I first posted about it ... it is now Junkware Removal Tool 6.3.1 as of 06 October 2014 ... found a better link.





It doesn't have to be installed ... Junkware Removal Tool v6.1.4


"Since this tool is launched in a Command Prompt dialog, it is not necessary to install it. You can run it from any location on the computer, as well as save it to a USB flash disk, memory card or similar device, in order to use it on any adware-cluttered workstation with minimum effort."


Junkware Removal Tool v6.1.4


April 7th, 2014


Windows XP / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit




Softpedia Editor's Review for Junkware Removal Tool


A command-line utility that searches and removes common adware, toolbars and potentially unwanted programs, without user intervention


Written by Elena Opris


Junkware Removal Tool is a command-line utility that scans your computer and removes toolbars, common adware, and potentially unwanted programs. It offers support for MyWebSearch, IncrediBar, Ask, Babylon, Coupon Printer, and other products.


Since this tool is launched in a Command Prompt dialog, it is not necessary to install it. You can run it from any location on the computer, as well as save it to a USB flash disk, memory card or similar device, in order to use it on any adware-cluttered workstation with minimum effort.

What's more, the Windows registry does not get new entries, and leftover files are not kept on the hard disk after removing the program.


Before proceeding with the scan-and-remove job, Junkware Removal Tool informs you that web browsers and Windows Explorer instances shall be closed for evaluation.


The tool uses Erunt to backup the registry. It verifies startup entries, modules, processes, services, files, folders, the registry, and installed web browsers. At the end of the task, Junkware Removal Tool automatically creates a plain text document with the log details, and saves it to the same location as the program. The log file shows the OS version, scan start and end time, along with fixed or deleted items.


Junkware Removal Tool takes a reasonable amount of time to finish a task, while using a very low quantity of CPU and RAM. It successfully eliminates unwanted items, without causing Windows to hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. Since it fully automatizes the scan-and-remove procedure, it does not require user assistance, making Junkware Removal Tool ideal for novices.


... also the Giveaway of the Day - WinSettings 8.1 web page ... as I said earlier, there several other free programs mentioned that might be of interest.




The page is there for 24 hrs ... don't know if it completely goes away after that.


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Today on Giveaway of the Day there is a Ram Disk program (also with other tools) being offered. Someone replied about another program that once cost money but is now free ... I have downloaded it but not tried it out yet.



"For an excellent RamDisk Software that will create as many “RamDisks” as you wish (subject to the available RAM on your system, including making it load at Startup (optional) so that you can use a “RamDisk” as your “Temp Directories” Location making all actions taking place in “temp files” to run MUCH faster.


Also an OPTION to create a File (ON DISK) to which the contentsd of any Ramdisk you choose may write to at Windows Shut down!


Other options ... I BOUGHT v3.2.2 in March 2012 just a few months before they made it a FREE Program !!!
That’s right an EXCELLENT Commercial program (running on my Widows 7 Home Premium Machine) available for FREE!

Current version (as of Sept. 28,2014 was RamDisk v3.4.6

The Download page (and more information is Here:




I hope that helps someone!!!

Comment by Chris Roy Jackson — October 7th, 2014 at 4:17 am "



SoftPerfect RAM Disk for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8




SoftPerfect RAM Disk is a free high-performance RAM disk application that lets you have a disk on your computer entirely stored in its memory. As the memory is much faster than physical hard disks, storing temporary data on a fast in-memory disk to achieve a higher performance. Whatever your job is, read on to find out what a RAM disk can offer you.


SoftPerfect RAM Disk creates a virtual disk residing in the computer RAM accessible in Windows Explorer and other applications, allowing you to store any temporary information on this disk. Furthermore, Windows can be configured to use the RAM disk for temporary files, so that the system and most applications would use the fast in-memory disk for temporary data. As Windows and third-party applications often create a large number of temporary files for a short time only, using a RAM disk will extend your hard disk’s life by sparing it from excessive reading and writing.


Modern computers are equipped with at least 1 GB of RAM, and most of the time there is a lot of unused memory that could be used as a high-performance alternative to the slower hard disk storage. This product lets you create any number of virtual RAM disks limited only by the memory available. You can also work with on-disk images and RAM disks associated with an on-disk file, that ensures your data is preserved between sessions.


Key features of the RAM Disk:


  + Any number of RAM disks. In practice, up to 26 disks due to the number of drive letters available.

  + Any RAM disk size on 64-bit systems. Up to approximately 3.5 GB on 32-bit systems.

  + Persistent RAM disks with an associated on-disk image.

  + Volatile RAM disks whose content disappears on shutdown.

  + Built-in disk image manipulation tools.



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