Thundebird cleanup is a bit of an overkill

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Thunderbird in Windows is being affected by BB 1.8 even though ALL options of TB are deselected. It looses being the default email application. This becomes problematic because I also have Office outlook installed and when Thunderbird is not the default, the Bill & company wants to take over.

Sometimes a cleaner has options in multiple places. This is especially true if Winapp2.ini is installed.

To help troubleshoot, would you please run a preview and then copy and paste at least one of the paths? I can do a reverse search with this info.

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Andrew, lead developer

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reply #2 (something went wrong with the sourceforge forum server and my previously posted reply was lost.)

I emailed you the zipped text file directly, because your request wasn't clear to me, and the file is 14,000+ lines long. When you get the chance, can you please clarify what you meant by "copy and paste at least one of the paths?"

Thanks

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"copy and paste at least one of the paths" means I was hoping you could find one line in the log that shows one of the Thunderbird files being deleted that you want to keep. With this information I may not need the whole log, but is OK that you sent it.

I did a web search for your problem using the terms winapp2 OR winapp OR ccleaner default email application and found a discussion thread with your name discussing the same problem. You said it was resolved with CCleaner, but then it came back with BleachBit?

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Andrew, lead developer

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Used CCleaner on occasion because in a very short time, over 1GB of temp files were accumulated, mostly from Firefox and Windows updates. I know that there is an overlap, but each cleaner also finds files which the other doesn't.

When tested, the problem was with Bleachbit exclusively, and it had to do with the default mail settings in the registry. If TB is not selected as the default, then I get no error messages. The only way I was able to resolve this error message was by stopping to use and removing MS Office Outlook (no big loss) which constantly designated itself as the default.

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The setting for the default email client is in the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command which is not listed anywhere in BleachBit, winapp2.ini, or the log you sent. If you could narrow it down to a single option (checkbox) that would help further troubleshooting

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Andrew, lead developer

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Not being savvy, I took the next logical approach. I ran BB preview twice and saved the results in two separate text files. Once with the default mail setting checked in TB, and once without the check and compared the results of the two files in TextPad with the file compare tool with the following differences. But, I have no clue what they mean.

Compare: (<)D:\wikis\Wikisource\PSM\preview with TB as default.txt (10191 bytes)
with: (>)D:\wikis\Wikisource\PSM\preview without TB as default.txt (9682 bytes)

80d80
< Delete registry key 0 HKU\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Cached
92,93c91,92
< Delete 2kB C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\GatherLogs\SystemIndex\SystemIndex.1.Crwl
< Delete 3.1kB C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\GatherLogs\SystemIndex\SystemIndex.1.gthr
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> Delete 1.3kB C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\GatherLogs\SystemIndex\SystemIndex.1.Crwl
> Delete 1.5kB C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\GatherLogs\SystemIndex\SystemIndex.1.gthr
106d105
< Delete 128B C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\counters.dat
111,114c109,110
< Delete registry key 0 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\LastVisitedPidlMRU
< Delete registry key 0 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSavePidlMRU
< Delete 3.5kB C:\Users\ineuw\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\f8f05350c84c9d76.customDestinations-ms
< Delete registry key 0 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU
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> Delete registry key 0 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32\OpenSavePidlMRU
> Delete 3.5kB C:\Users\ineuw\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\f8f05350c84c9d76.customDestinations-ms
122d118
< Delete 0 C:\Users\ineuw\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\container.dat
126,127c121,122
< Files to be deleted: 100
< Special operations: 24
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> Files to be deleted: 98
> Special operations: 21

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Comparing files is an interesting idea, but if the difference is a value (rather than the presence of a file or registry key) it would not show up.

I glanced through the list and none seem likely to be related. The one that seems most likely is the first, so I tried two web searches

1. "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions"
2. "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions" email OR mail

But this registry key seems to not be related.

There may be more than one way Windows sets this up, so when you write about the default email application, do you mean the one that handles the mailto protocol links on web pages?

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Andrew, lead developer

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Sorry for taking up so much of your time on this. Posted the issue because I thought that there is a ready answer, just unknown to me. The error message comes up when I open Thunderbird after BB cleaning. I will clean again, and will test Firefox's "Email this link" to see if this happens. If in TB, I deselect "always check if TB is the default mail application" then there is no error message. When searching the registry, I also noticed that Microsoft has several registry entries to open the default mail client but forgot to record and compare the dWord values.

Please don't waste anymore time on this. I can live with these minor issues. Will let you know if I found something.

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