Completely remove flash cookies with CCleaner? [How to]

As told in my earlier posts there are two types of tracking cookiesnormal cookies and flash cookies. Web sites stores cookies on your computer usually for collecting information about your surfing habits.

For privacy reasons you can remove cookies from your computer. There is an option in your browser for that, but unfortunately you can not delete Flash cookies by this way, it still offers unlimited tracking.

You can manage flash cookies a little bit by going to Adobe’s Settings Manager, but you can not eliminate them completely by these settings. That means you need some other methods to remove flash cookies from your computer.

You can manually or automatically remove flash cookies. Here is a simple technique to completely remove flash cookies using the well known privacy cleaning software CCleaner.

[Note: Please enable ‘Show hidden files and Folder Option before proceeding. For Windows XP go to Windows Explorer – Tools – Folder Options – View and enable ‘Show hidden files and Folder’ option. For Windows 7 & Vista got to Windows Explorer – Organize – Folder and Search option – View – and enable ‘Show hidden files, folder, or drivers]

For Windows XP:

Run CCleaner and add the following two folders to the Include List. For that go to Options – Include – Add Folder, and then navigate to:

C:\Documents and Settings –  User name – Application Data – Macromedia – Flash Player – #SharedObjects

C:\Documents and Settings – User name – Application Data – Macromedia – Flash Player – macromedia.com – support – flashplayer – sys

Now add the following file to the Exclude list. For that go to Option – Exclude – Add file and browse the following file.

C:\Documents and Settings – User name – Application Data – Macromedia – Flash Player – macromedia.com – support – flashplayer – sys – settings.sol

For Windows 7 and Vista users: Add following two folders to Include list

C:\Users – User name – AppData – Roaming – Macromedia – Flash Player – #SharedObjects

C:\Users – User name – AppData – Roaming – Macromedia – Flash Player – macromedia.com – support – flashplayer – sys

In the Exclude list add the following file

C:\Users – User name – AppData – Roaming – Macromedia – Flash Player – macromedia.com – support – flashplayer – sys – settings.sol

Now when you run CCleaner it should empty/clean both flash folders but protect your flash settings.

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.

8 Comments

  1. Remove flash cookies with CCleaner

    Nov 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I followed the instructions for Windows 7 I have the 2 Include folders but I do not have the last Exclude folder.
    I have sys but not the – settings.sol.
    Can anybody help – Louie

    I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate X64

    • drsammy

      Apr 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

      I made that same mistake, too. You’re trying to exclude a *file* not a folder.

  2. Mayur

    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Congrats!! Nice blog JK 🙂 Keep going.

    • admin

      Feb 1, 2010 at 5:53 am

      Welcome Mayur. Thanks!

  3. Cut

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Great tutorial. Really helpful.

    • admin

      Feb 1, 2010 at 4:52 am

      Welcome mate. Thanks for the complement!

  4. StepOne

    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Of course a great tip. Thanks for sharing!

    • admin

      Feb 1, 2010 at 4:51 am

      Welcome mate!

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