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Setup CCleaner to completely remove flash cookies [how to]

As I told in the earlier posts flash cookies are toughest to remove from a PC. Even if you’ve deleted all your browsing history and normal cookies, flash cookies are still there and offer unlimited user tracking.

CCleaner is one of the best privacy cleaning software and it can also remove flash cookies from your PC, but there are Flash Cookies which aren't removed by CCleaner.

Here is how to completely remove flash cookies from Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

For Windows XP users: 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\\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\\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\\support\flashplayer\sys

In the Exclude list add the following file:

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

[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’] - [Via]


  1. Hi JK,

    The version I use takes care of sol/flash cookies; looks like you just need to upgrade.

  2. Or if you don't care about the settings.sol file add the following to a new ini file called "winapp2.ini" in the same directory as CCleaner.

    [*Flash Player]
    FileKey1=%APPDATA%\Macromedia\Flash Player\|*.*|REMOVESELF

    See for details!

  3. Hey there,

    I have been using CCleaner for a long time for my windows vista and now I feel like my bootup time increased coz CCleaner deleted some important files.

    Is is possible JK? How do I reverse it?

  4. Abhishek,
    I think CCleaner is safe to use. I doubt that it is ccleaner causing your computer to slow down?

  5. have it running on win xp and have flash player in apsp now as to win 7 it doesnt show up in apps makes no since same version on both and same flash player?

  6. Could u pls tell me if it matters that I can't find this file: C:\Users\User name\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\\support\flashplayer\sys\settings.sol to exclude ...thx so much......will check back to c ur reply

    Deb (

  7. Hi, Artsy Deb,
    You should enable "Show hidden files and Folder" in order to see all!

  8. so does an updated version of ccleaner get rid of flash cookies like a few people have said? w/o adding this new file info to it?


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