BleachBit 0.8.1 released, deletes evercookie

BleachBit 0.8.1 deletes DOM Storage (HTML 5 cookies) in five major browsers; deletes evercookie tracking; cleans Silverlight cookies, .ini configuration files, and VLC; adds Traditional Chinese; and updates 24 other translations


November 15, 2010: BleachBit 0.8.2 has been released.


The following changes have been made since 0.8.0:

  • Delete DOM Storage in Firefox 3, Google Chrome, and Opera.
  • Completely remove evercookie tracking, a system that "produces extremely persistent cookies in a browser." Clean evercookies in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Test it yoursel:create an evercookie on Samy Kamkar's evercookie site, clean it, and check on the same site it is gone.
  • Clean VLC (VideoLAN Client)'s .ini configuration file.
  • Add generic capability to clean most .ini configuration files through CleanerML. Because .ini is not standardized, additional work is needed to some kinds of .ini files.
  • Specific to Linux
    • Add .deb package for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.
    • When running as root, refuse to open web browser (such as for help contents) with root privileges.
    • Delete about 16MB more localizations as tested on Ubuntu 10.10.
    • Fix missing menu shortcut on Ubuntu 10 (LP#592051).
  • Specific to Windows
    • Delete DOM Storage in Internet Explorer and Safari.
    • Delete last session in Internet Explorer and Safari.
    • Delete Silverlight cookies.
    • Vacuum Safari.
    • Clean memory dumps.
    • Define %localappdata% environment variable on Windows XP, and use it for many existing cleaners. This may provide more reliable detection of files on certain Vista and Windows 7 systems.
  • Specific to web


BleachBit 0.8.1 on Windows 7 showing the new option for cleaning Firefox DOM Storage (HTML5 cookies):

BleachBit 0.8.1 showing Firefox DOM Storage cleaner (HTML5 cookies) in Traditional Chinese on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat:


  • Add Traditional Chinese thanks to Pin-sheng Li
  • Update Arabic thanks to someone.
  • Update Brazilian Portuguese thanks to André Gondim and Eugênio F.
  • Update Bulgarian thanks to Svetoslav Stefanov.
  • Update Chinese Simplified thanks to 英华.
  • Update Czech thanks to Roman Horník.
  • Update Dutch thanks to Dooitze de Jong, Glennz nl, and Rob.
  • Update Finnish thanks to Heikki Kulhia and Tommi Saira.
  • Update French thanks to Gabriel U. and Nicolas Delvaux, Hugues Belaib, Jean-Paul GERST, Ptitphysik, and computerhelp.
  • Update Galician thanks to Manuel Xosé Lemos.
  • Update German thanks to cmdrhenner and Jakob Kramer.
  • Update Hebrew thanks to Yaron.
  • Update Hungarian thanks to Papp Bence.
  • Update Indonesian thanks to Abdul Munif Hanafi.
  • Update Italian thanks to Carml.
  • Update Japanese thanks to Toshiharu Kudoh.
  • Update Korean thanks to Para.
  • Update Malay thanks to abuyop.
  • Update Polish thanks to Jarosław Ogrodnik.
  • Update Romanian thanks to Lucian Adrian Grijincu.
  • Update Russian thanks to Ilia Lilov aka lilovip.
  • Update Simplified Chinese thanks to GoJoMo, lhquark, and yuane.
  • Update Slovak thanks to Roman Horník.
  • Update Spanish thanks to Monkey, Andres Bracho, David Marquez-Gamez, lordcaos777.
  • Update Turkish thanks to altunokmd, Burak Ilgicioglu, and Ekrem Kocadere.
  • Update Ukrainian thanks to Sergiy Gavrylov.

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Known issues

BleachBit 0.8.1 may not start on Windows XP on non-English languages. Test the fix in BleachBit 0.8.2 beta, but for now see the link for a workaround or use BleachBit 0.8.0.

A harmless error message shows on non-English Windows systems where the user decided not to install BleachBit translations. Test the fix in BleachBit 0.8.2 beta.

Wiping memory and swap is currently experimental. It should always wipe 100% of the swap, but it may not wipe 100% of the physical memory. Before using this option, close all other running applications because they may be automatically killed by Linux.


Download BleachBit 0.8.1 (old) or download the latest.

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