Windows software of the day [March 28, 2012]

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Software for March 28, 2012


If you’re privacy-minded, you probably delete your cookies often and have 3rd party cookies turned off. No one can blame you, that tracking stuff can be downright creepy.

But lurking in your system files are cookies that not even your browser can detect: the evil Flash cookies. These cookies are a lot like regular cookies, but they’re created by Adobe Flash, not your browser. FlashCookiesView to the rescue: it can display these Flash cookies, generate reports about them, and even delete them!

FlashCookiesView is a really simple tool. Other than deleting cookies, its main task is to give you basic information about them. It’s really that simple!

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.12

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Download size: 44.5KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

FlashCookiesView homepage


You’ve got myCode.cpp and myCoolCode.cpp. Which is the one to delete, and which is the one to check into source control by tomorrow!? If only you had a program like WinMerge to show you the differences in the two files.

WinMerge is a seemly simple program with plenty of features packed in beneath the surface. When comparing text files, it’ll quickly highlight all the modified lines in one color and the specific modifications in another. Essentially it highlights the differences between the two files that are being compared.

However, WinMerge also supports folder comparison. When you load up two folders, it’ll generate a list showing which files are unique to which folder, whether the files are the same in each folder, and the various dates the files were saved/modified in each folder. It’s packed with features and I’ve probably barely begun to scratch the surface.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v2.12.4

Supported OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008

Download size: 3.1MB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

WinMerge homepage


File > New Folder. Edit > Undo. Whose idea was it to make all of these things under menus again after keeping them on the toolbars for so long!? If you want your toolbar icons back in Windows Explorer, this Nirsoft program will do just that in just seconds.

The best part about CET is that you don’t always need to have these icons shown: you can set a different set of icons (such as delete, copy, and paste) to show when you have files selected and a different set of icons (such as New Folder, Undo, and Redo) to show when you don’t have files selected.

If you feel like adding more icons to your Explorer toolbar, then CustomExplorerToolbar is definitely the program for you.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.05

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 146KB

Malware scan: VirusTotal scan results 0/43

CustomExplorerToolbar homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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  • JonE

    NirLaucher (I assume what some are calling the Nirsoft Package) UPDATED – to 1.11.50

  • throkr

    Flash Cookie Cleaner does it well too :
    And CCleaner is also doing the job perfectly (just check “Adobe Flash Player” in Multimedia).

    Anyway, thanks for the infos ! :-)

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: See Locutus, all you have to do is ask and dotTechies will assist.

  • jayesstee

    @Locutus: Thanks for this useful article. Unknown to me, I had ‘FlashCookiesView’ in with the Nirsoft package. I just haven’t got round to exploring them all.
    Anyway, there’s the answer to your comment #1 above. If you get stuck, dig out some more Nirsoft goodies.

  • smaragdus

    WinMerge is great but it seems to have been discontinued, the latest stable release about 3 years ago. However, well-written software (as is the case with WinMerge) grows old slower.

  • rachana

    I 2 second this proposal.Actually I want to ask Boss to do this favor for all and bring out Great NirSofer,

    I hope this dream will come true either way.


  • Robert

    @Locutus: Do you need some helpful hints to some other Windows software? There are a few that I use at my day job that I think are not well known. Just let me know, and I’ll help anyway I can if you get stuck. :)

    Also I like what I see so far on the FlashCookiesView. I think this is a great addition to my arsenal of computer clean up programs!

  • JonE

    @Locutus: In my opinion you could spend all of your “Windows software of the day” time on ” NirSoft for the next month, maybe even two and not run out of useful, good quality apps to share. Thank you!

    I’ve had “NirLauncher” installed for quite some time; I honestly don’t remember how long, but it has to be a couple years now. “NirLauncher” is not well publicized on “NirSoft”; I have no idea why. “NirLauncher”, for those of you that have never heard of it contains 100 of “NirSoft’s” most popular titles and it is and it is being updated by “NirSoft”; the last update was “20 March 2012”. If you’re a “NirSoft” fan like I am it’s a nifty tool to have.

    Both “FlashCookiesView” and “CustomExplorerToolbar” are both contained in “NirLaucher”. If you’re interested you can find it on “FileForum” or “MajorGeeks”. As much as I’ve searched I can not find this file on “Softpedia” or “FileHippo”. You may be able to find it on other download sites, but these are the only ones I checked. Ummm, should I provide links? I wasn’t sure whether that was allowed or not.

    I’ve also used “WinMerge” and it works as advertised; although it can get a bit confusing, for this tired old brain, sometimes.

  • I though CCleaner was doing a good job with Flash cookies! And thanks for the infos.

  • Anonymail

    Thanks! I missed the cut and paste buttons on the explorer bar!

  • Hamza

    @Locutus: Check Chasys Draw IES and UNDELETE 360 for tomorrow.

  • ebony

    @Locutus: I agree with Ashraf, it is good work and having a “knowledgeable geek” around to give us a headsup in laymen terms is priceless.

    Thank you for all you do.

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Hehe… naw there are plenty out there. Keep up the good work!

  • Every day when I write this I’m afraid I’ve ran the internet out of good quality Windows apps. :P