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Is it safe to use WinPatrol (Free or PLUS) to delete cookies?


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#1 midimusicman79

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 10:02 AM

Hi all!
 

My OS is Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3. I mostly use FF for browsing the Internet, as I have abandoned IE.

 

I want to delete cookies, and therefore I would like to know if it is safe to use WinPatrol (Free or PLUS) for this? :unsure:

As I do know that I have to uncheck the check box 'Hide protected operating system files (recommended)' folder option in order to show them in Windows Explorer. :whistle:

And this however obviously triggers this warning: :exclame: "You have chosen to show protected system files (files with the attributes System and Hidden) in Windows Explorer. These files are required for Windows to be able to start up and run. If they are deleted or altered, the [computer] system could become useless. Are you sure you would like to show these files?"
 

I am aware of the fact that cookies pose no significant threat, according to this article:

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/561002/what-antivirus-will-continue-to-support-windows-xp-after-xp-shoutdown/page-2?hl=%2Bcookies+%2Bare+%2Bnot+%2Bthreat#entry3579043

 

Of course I suppose cookies are unnecessary for Windows to start up an run, so IMO cookies are 'over-protected'.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

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Edited by midimusicman79, 03 January 2015 - 03:31 AM.

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 03:36 PM

Yes you can use WinPatrol to safely delete cookies but it's more cumbersome than using a tool like CCleaner.

WinPatrol is a versatile program (originally released by Bill Pytlovany/BillP Studios on November 19, 1997 and now owned by Ruiware, LLC) that monitors important system areas that are commonly altered by malware. This includes the startup groups (registry and startup folder), cookies and active tasks. WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission.

WinPatrol is split into two components. WinPatrol.exe is the real-time component which monitors for system changes and displays the Scotty icon in the taskbar. WinPatrolEx.exe (WinPatrol Explorer) provides the main tabbed interface which allows you to review all the various tabs by double-clicking the Scotty icon in the taskbar.

WinPatrol utilizes a small memory footprint...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources...and offers many features such as:

  • Takes a snapshot of critical system resources and provides alerts if any changes occur.
  • Serves as a Startup Manager which works much better than MSConfig.
  • Tracks programs that have been installed on your system and monitor the location Windows uses to store Uninstall information.
  • Alerts to changes in programs that run at startup.
  • Alerts if another program has removed a Startup program.
  • Has the ability to delay the launch of a Startup program.
  • Detects and alerts to changes in Internet Explorer Home and Search pages.
  • Allows viewing and deletion of Cookies.
  • Monitors toolbars, registry modifications, changes to file extensions and changes to the HOSTS file.

WinPatrol PLUS provides high performance, real-time monitoring and access to the PLUS Info database. It requires a one time fee for all future versions (updates) and a single license is valid on all your personal desktops and laptops. See How To Activate WinPatrol PLUS features.

If you highlight an entry, you can click on the Info button to gather additional information such as a file's full path (location). If you are using the Pro version, you click on PLUSInfo... which will take you to its website to see what they have to say about it. You can also do this by highlighting an entry, right-clicking on it and select PLUSInfo from the context menu.


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 03:56 AM

Hi again, quietman7!

 

Thank you very much for your prompt reply, sir! :) Maybe I will consider buying the PLUS version, as I think WinPatrol offers many interesting features which make it well worth the investment. :thumbup2:

 

(However, unfortunately I forgot to mention what Internet browsers I am using, so I just added this info to my previous post.)

 

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 07:36 AM

WinPatrol cookie management works in Internet Explorer and Mozilla based browsers...same with CCleaner.
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Posted 05 January 2015 - 05:06 AM

Hi again, quietman7!

 

Yesterday I was overwhelmed when I discovered how many cookies I have, that is 747 on my local C: drive and 1.804 on my external L: drive (back-up), totals 2.551.

 

Consequently I immediately began to delete the cookies with suspicious names, namely advertisement-like ones, which necessarily caused me having to perform research on Google in order to identify at least the ones I am unsure of.

 

This obviously takes quite some time, so please bear with me for a couple of days and leave my topic open, but when I am done and have purchased WinPatrol PLUS I will let you know... :busy:

 

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 06:46 AM


As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies and some of your security programs will flag them for removal. Anti-malware scanners have more important things to look for, so I would recommend disabling the option to search for cookies which will also decrease the amount of time it takes to perform a scan. You can minimize the number of cookies which are stored on your computer by referring to:
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Posted 10 January 2015 - 09:49 AM

Hi again, quietman7!

 

Yesterday I finally finished deleting cookies, it was a tremendous amount of work, but I managed it! :thumbup2:

I ended up deleting about 40% of them. And as a matter of fact, I found some malware-related cookies as well...

Now I have purchased WinPatrol PLUS in order to gain access to all its advanced functions. :wink:

 

Thank you for your help and patience! You may now close my topic as this issue has been successfully resolved. :)

 

Regards,

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Edited by midimusicman79, 11 January 2015 - 04:45 AM.

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 06:33 PM


As a general rule Bleeping Computer does not close (lock) topics in this forum. An exception to that rule is malware related topics...we close topics when a member has been asked to (and does) start a new topic in the Malware Removal Logs forum and posts the required logs. Another exception is when we refer members to post their questions or comments in an existing discussion topic such as those for various ransomware infections.

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