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Google keeps files on your PC even when uninstalled - Proof

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  1. James321

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    I recently had reason to use Google Chrome as a browser as a one off (I usually use Firefox).

    Having finished using the browser and uninstalling it, I discovered that Google keeps files on your PC even after it (supposedly) has been completely uninstalled.

    Running CCleaner after Google Chrome had been uninstalled revealed that Google Chrome Internet Cache contained 37 files of 800KB, Google Chrome Internet History contained 5 files of 235KB and Google Chrome Cookies 13 files of 24KB. (See screenshot)

    But what is Google Chrome Internet Cache, Internet History and Cookies still doing on my computer, I uninstalled Google Chrome?


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  2. cwwozniak

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    The uninstaller probably only removes files that were originally installed. The files you mention were probably created by Google Chrome when you ran it. They would be considered user created files by the uninstaller and left on the computer.
     
  3. James321

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    You used the word 'probably' twice.

    Even though it is a technical point I would beg to differ. I think Google probably creates (or should I say 'steals') cached memory sectors on your disk on install but then fails to give them back on uninstall.

    I mean it's ridiculous. How can a cleaner like CCleaner empty Google History and Cookies after the browser has already been completely uninstalled?

    Surely it's not asking too much to delete and remove these cached memory sectors as well on uninstall? What's the problem?
     
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    I'll use the 'probably' too.
    Data is probably kept to facilitate a smooth re-install or update at a future time.
    Thus it's not really part of the original install.
    I've seen many other apps, retain files and folders in the same manner after an uninstall.

    Perhaps it's why file cleaners like CC exist.
     
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    You missed the point I made. Google has still cached disk space and CCleaner has only emptied the cached space of its contents. It has not removed the cached space itself.
     
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    Your whole hard drive is a potential cashe space.
    It's only what the app puts there that exists 'where ever'( cashe space).
    When 'where ever' is deleted.....it's gone. Nothing reserved . Ready for new data.
     
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    When an app creates cached space it is saying this space is now private property and only this app can use it. However the app no longer has my permission to say this as I have now uninstalled it. So the cache by rights should be removed.
     
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    Unless I'm mistaken, you removed that folder (space) when CC deleted it.

    If it's being recreated, you probably have a different problem.
     
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    No. It only emptied the folder of its contents. It didn't remove the folder itself.

    The disk space is still cached (i.e. not free) since it is reserved for use by Google.
     
  10. Johnny b

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    That could even be a registry issue where the uninstall didn't remove everything listed in the registry to be deleted and a folder is reproduced. Empty folders use insignificant space on a hard drive.

    Personally, if files aren't being generated, I would let it go.
    Editing the registry is best left to those expert at it.

    Have you ever used a registry cleaner/optimizer, like the option in CC?
    They have been known to create issues.
     
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    It's not just google chrome. Use a real Uninstaller like Revo Uninstaller or Geek Uninstaller.

    Real example: I "uninstalled" Java on an XP computer. I used add/remove programs and followed this up by JavaRA, which was supposed to remove Java. After using those two, I ran Revo uninstaller. There were 2,230 entries in the registry that I worked through to remove using Revo .

    I no longer ever use add/remove programs. I always use a real uninstaller that culls through the registry as well.
     
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    I found an even better solution :D

    And it's not MS ;)
     
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    Remove the folder manually.Problem solved.No more cached space.
    You will 90% of the time always find remnants of a program/software after an uninstall.It does no harm.
    If it bothers you that much,just delete the leftover entries.
    I use RevoUninstaller,Everything Search,and Regscanner by nirsoft to completely remove all remnants of leftover files etc.. from my computer (If necessary)..
     
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    Just to emphasize on my above statement...
    Although Revo Unistaller removes all remnants of files/folders..etc,it does NOT remove all registry entries as Regscanner has proven to me.However,it is the best uninstaller.I usually leave registry entries alone unless they are causing issues.
    Regscanner is a manual scanner.It will find ANYTHING,but you remove the entries manually.(for those of you who feel brave).
    Everything search is a tiny powerfull little app that replaces the built in windows search.Very fast and handy.One ofmy favorite tools for finding leftover files and folders.
     
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    About the only left overs that I have considered addressing because of space issues were large Delorme data sets left behind after an uninstall. Easy to manually delete.

    But the MS registry. That I learned the hard way not to mess with without expert instructions for a specific correction, and there were few of those over the last almost 20 years of using a MS operating system.
    A back up of the registry is a wise idea if a user is going to edit the registry.
    The default 'Restore' function can re-do a registry if you haven't bricked the computer.
    There are apps to backup the registry.

    A drive image is always a wise consideration.
    Probably one of the best general fixes because you make one of a system you know works, prior to messing it up.

    To practicality:
    https://www.quora.com/Why-does-an-empty-folder-have-zero-bytes-on-Windows
    So, the question: why bother about something insignificant that is natural and common?
    After uninstalling, and deleting files, that 'reserved space' has a size of 0 and nothing to fill it with anymore. It's just irrelevant MS 'bookkeeping'. A folder still 'on the books' ( MFT ) with out a purpose taking up no space on the hard drive.
     
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