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Old 09-02-2016, 06:54 PM   #1
mikew9
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Does clearing all history really works in firefox and the google chrome browser?


hello all

Every few months I like to do maintenance on my two favorite browsers. I don't like old stagnant files lingering around in cache and etc. Is clearing all history better using the browser or should I use bleachbit? I heard of bleachbit, but, I never used it. Thanks

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Old 09-02-2016, 07:49 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ.

I think that those browsers are kind of less than secure to begin with. If you log in to some account like google or firefox the cloud now has your history. I usually set all browsers to clean all on exit. The newer setting for incognito may provide a better solution.

The best of course may be to use a live cd where no data can be saved. Some can be put on a usb that won't allow any writing to the usb also.

I'd think others may have some input on this. Doubt it is a set in stone answer.
 
Old 09-02-2016, 08:31 PM   #3
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If firefox and google have my stuff on the cloud, I can't do nothing about that. Those nosy basterds

But locally, I like to clear everything because my browser seems to run a bit faster after clearing up all the junk. Thanks a bunch jefro!!!
 
Old 09-03-2016, 03:04 AM   #4
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Bleachbit is a nice program but should be used with a wee bit of caution (for example, I would recommend carrying out a system backup before the first time that you use it, just in case).

I personally run two copies of Bleachbit every week or so, one as user, the other as root, on my Linux Mint system. Between them, they usually remove a few hundred MB worth of files each time.

My settings are as follows (but some depend of course on what you have installed):

(user) Bash, Chromium (exc. Form History & Search Engines), Firefox, Flash, GIMP, GNOME, Google Chrome (exc Search Engines), Java, LibreOffice, Opera, Skype, System (Cache, Clipboard, Recent documents list, Rotated logs, Rubbish Bin, Temporary files), Thumbnails, Thunderbird, VLC, WINE, X11.

In order not to generate specific errors caused by the scanning of some folders, I also whitelist /var/log/ and (because I use VeraCrypt) /tmp/.veracrypt_aux_mnt1/ (2,3 if exist).

(root) as above + APT.
 
Old 09-03-2016, 03:49 AM   #5
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never used bleachbit, never saw the need.

there's always the sledgehammer method: just delete everything.
i would look for appropriate subfolders in
~/.mozilla
~/.cache
~/.config
and delete them completely.

but of course:
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If firefox and google have my stuff on the cloud, I can't do nothing about that. Those nosy basterds
 
Old 09-03-2016, 06:11 AM   #6
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I nuke ~/.cache/ and select sub-directories at will.
 
  


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