One of the biggest privacy related problem on the Internet these days are information that are stored by the browser on the local computer. Most web browsers come with built-in tools to delete most of the data if the user knows how to configure the settings properly. To make matters worse, some data like Local Shared Objects, commonly known as Flash Cookies, cannot be deleted by the browser at all.
One of the best options therefor is to use third party tools like CCleaner to clean data left by the web browser on the computer system.
The Firefox and Google Chrome add-on Click&Clean offers an alternative to third party tools by providing those features directly in the supported web browser.
The Google Chrome extension offers deeper configuration options than the Firefox add-on, the end result on the other hand can be the same (depending on the configuration).
The options are divided into three groups. Clear private data will delete the web browsing data either directly when triggered manually or on browser exit. An external application can be integrated into the add-on so that it will be run as well. The advanced options finally allow the user to delete Flash Cookies from the system.
The Chrome extension looks completely different and offers customization that the Firefox add-on does not offer.
A click on the items in the left sidebar opens in depth configuration options that include all clear browsing data options of the browser plus more. It is for instance possible to remove Flash cookies, Silverlight cookies, the Java cache, Google Gears data, extension local storage, cookies and SQL databases. There are even options to delete the recycle bin and temporary files of the operating system.
It is furthermore possible to configure when and how data is cleared with options to delete data manually or automatically. The option to launch an external application with arguments is available as well in Chrome.
That still is not everything that the Google Chrome extension has to offer. A click on the extension's icon in the Chrome toolbar opens a menu with quick access to clearing the browsing data and new features like accessing the browser's video history, memory usage and third party options like launching the system's defragmenter or disk cleanup.
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