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Flash Cookie Remover

Flash Cookie Remover v0.31 beta

Small, light, easy-to-use tool to delete Adobe Flash Player "Cookies"

Here is a simple, 445-byte tool for Windows client operating systems, which will delete all Flash cookies (a/k/a "Local Shared Objects", "LSO", "Permanently Identifiable Elements", and "PIE") and other user information and settings stored on your machine by presently-supported versions of Adobe Flash Player. It requires no browser add-ons; uses no Javacript; and requires no installation, checking for updates, etc. Place it on your desktop, or anywhere you like, with a shortcut in your start menu or whatever.

This program was written and tested on Windows XP SP2 Home and Pro, but should run on all other versions of XP. It is expected to run on 98, 2000, ME, and Vista, but has not been tested on those systems yet. (Beta testing and feedback on those systems appreciated.)

For any readers who are not familiar with batch files, instructions follow the program code and Readme.

(If you have not used Batch Files before, copy and paste the following lines, between the stars but without the stars, into a text document. Then see Note 5 for instructions on how to proceed.)
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@echo off
rem Flash Cookie Remover version 0.31 beta. Copyright 2009 by Tom T. SOME RIGHTS RESERVED.
rem Licensed under Creative Commons License v3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/)
if exist "%appdata%\macromedia" rd /s /q "%appdata%\macromedia"
if exist "%appdata%\adobe" rd /s /q "%appdata%\adobe"
if exist "%appdata%\sandbox\defaultbox\user\current\application data\macromedia" rd /s /q "%appdata%\sandbox\defaultbox\user\current\application data\macromedia"
if exist "%appdata%\sandbox\defaultbox\user\current\application data\adobe" rd /s /q "%appdata%\sandbox\defaultbox\user\current\application data\adobe"
pause
exit
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README

Please copy and paste the following notes and instructions, between the stars but without the stars (unless you like the stars in your Readme file), to a text document, "FCR Readme.txt" or similar. Please *read before using the program*, and keep handy for future reference. If you distribute the Program under the Creative Commons License listed, please note that the Readme file is part of the Program, and therefore must be distributed as part of it, subject to the Modification exceptions provided under the full text of the License.
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README for Flash Cookie Remover version 0.31 beta. Copyright 2009 by Tom T. SOME RIGHTS RESERVED. Licensed under Creative Commons License v3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/)

PLEASE READ BEFORE SETUP OR USE.

1) CAUTION: If you have other products installed that were once under the Macromedia brand before its acquisition by Adobe, such as Dreamweaver, click Start > Run and type %appdata%\macromedia (enter) to see if any other products besides Flash store information in the Macromedia folder. If so, and you wish to retain such information, add \Flash Player to the appropriate lines, with or without Sandboxie, e. g.

if exist "%appdata%\macromedia\Flash Player" rd /s /q "%appdata%\macromedia\Flash Player"

2) If you prefer to keep other Adobe information that is in the Adobe folder, modify the Adobe line by adding the specific folder:

if exist "%appdata%\adobe\Flash Player" rd /s /q "%appdata%\adobe\Flash Player"

I use no other Adobe products, but noted that playing a Flash video created a numbered folder inside the Adobe\Flash folder, which number I presume is unique, and therefore identifying and potentially a privacy leak. I don't like having useless, empty folders on my system anyway.

3) Sandboxie users who browse with multiple sandboxes running simultaneously may have to copy and add lines substituting the name of each additional sandbox for "defaultbox". This does not apply to non-registered Sandboxie users, for whom the above is sufficient.

4) If you are using Flash Cookie Remover as a replacement for the Firefox add-on, "Better Privacy", the latter performs two other privacy-related functions. Replace these functions as follows:

(a) For the blocking of , use Firefox NoScript add-on > Options > Untrusted >, and check "Forbid ", and in Options > Trusted, uncheck "Allow ".

(b)To disable DOM storage, go to about:config, enter dom.s in the Filter bar, and double-click "dom.storage.enabled" to toggle it to False.

(5x) (Experienced batch file users may skip to the Disclaimer.)

5) Instructions for novice Batch File users:

(a) Copy and paste the first set of code lines to a text document as described.
(b) Save as "Flash Cookie Remover.bat." When prompted about the extension change, click "yes"
(c) After finishing your use of Flash at a site, double-click the icon. All Flash and Adobe cookies and folders will be deleted.
(d) I always put the "pause" in my batch files until I'm satisfied that they're working properly for me, so that I can see any error messages. When you are similarly satisfied, you may eliminate the line containing the "pause". Right-click the icon, click "Edit", delete the line with "pause" in it, "save", and close the file. The program will now run in a split-second and disappear.
e) These folders are created, whether in Sandboxie or on your system, only when needed. They will re-create the next time you use Flash, so no worries about deleting it. Thus, eliminate the "pause" when it tests well for you.

DISCLAIMER: THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS OFFERED IN THE HOPE THAT IT MIGHT BE USEFUL, BUT IS OFFERED "AS-IS"; CONVEYS NO RIGHTS; AND CARRIES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE AUTHOR CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, FROM USE OF THE ABOVE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THIS INFORMATION OR PROGRAM.

THIS PROGRAM IS SOLELY THE WORK OF THIS AUTHOR AND NO ONE ELSE. NO SUPPORT IS OFFERED AT THIS SITE OR ANYWHERE ELSE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THE SOFTWARE IS NOT FAULT-TOLERANT AND SHOULD NOT BE USED IN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT MANAGEMENT, LIVE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, HOSPITAL OPERATING ROOMS OR MONITORING SYSTEMS, OR IN ANY OTHER SITUATION IN WHICH FAILURE OF THE SOFTWARE MAY POSE AN IMMEDIATE HAZARD TO LIFE OR LIMB, OR OF SUBSTANTIAL PROPERTY DAMAGE.


The author wishes to thank Foam Head for valuable feedback on Versions 0.1. and 0.2.
The author wishes to thank Giorgio Maone and
forums.informacton.com
for hosting this program also.

Adobe, Flash, Flash Player, Macromedia, and Dreamweaver are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Windows, Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, XP Home, XP Pro, and Vista are registered trademarks of Microsoft. Better Privacy was created by Greg Yardley, and as of this posting is maintained by Netticat. Sandboxie is copyrighted by Ronen Tzur. NoScript is licensed under GPL by InformAction and Giorgio Maone. All else is owned, copyrighted, registered, and trademarked by Tom T.

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Although no support is offered, feedback and comments are welcome. The author will attempt to respond to all (polite) communications, but no response or response time is promised. This was a voluntary effort to meet one specific need. Thank you for your understanding. To contact the author, please click the following reCAPTCHA link: tomm...@yahoo.com

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