BleachBit 1.12

BleachBit 1.12 includes updates for Google Chrome and Firefox, major fixes for Winapp2.ini for Windows users, many updated cleaners for Linux, and more.


February 27, 2018: BleachBit 2.0 has been released.


These are the changes since version 1.10:

  • Fix error Favicons is version 32 with Google Chrome 51 (reported by Holger)
  • Fix cleaning of Thumbnails in new Chromium and Google Chrome (reported by ineuw, patrick)
  • Fix crash with corrupt BleachBit.ini (reported by BitBleacher)
  • Fix error UNIQUE constraint failed error cleaning Firefox (reported by danjackson1 and gravy45)
  • Specific to Linux
    • Update EasyTAG cleaner (thanks to devmapper0)
    • Update Epiphany cleaner (thanks to devmapper0)
    • Update Evolution cleaner (thanks to skquinn)
    • Update GNOME cleaner (thanks to devmapper0)
    • Update KDE cleaner for KDE 4 on openSUSE (thanks to Mailaender)
    • Update Rhythmbox cleaner (thanks to devmapper0)
    • Update Thumbnails cleaner (thanks to devmapper0)
    • Update Transmission cleaner (thanks to devmapper0)
    • Update X11 cleaner (thanks to devmapper0)
    • Switch from GnomeVFS, which is deprecated, to GIO (reported by MM)
    • Do not repeat Google Chrome cache in preview (reported by Daniel Che)
    • Fix retention of translations for Chinese
    • Whitelist iBus Pinyin (reported by Josiah Hunter)
    • Add .deb package for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus)
    • Add .rpm package for Fedora 24.
  • Specific to Windows
    • Fix cleaning of files with dollar sign ($) in name
    • Support ExcludeKey filter in Winapp2.ini (reported by 212eta)
    • Fix support for the pattern *.extension with FileKey in Winapp2.ini (reported by 212eta)
    • Downgrade exception notice for getting special folders (reported by timvandermeij)
    • Make regex filter in CleanerML case insensitive on Windows
    • Fix error [Errno 2] No such file or directory when cleaning Windows Explorer - Thumbnails more than once in a row
    • Cleaning Windows Explorer - Thumbnails will now temporarily close and restart Windows Explorer to thoroughly clean it. When you check this option, you will be warned.
    • Fix the harmless error Error in execution of Command to delete C:\Windows\temp\_avast_\AvastLock.txt with Avast antivirus
    • Update SQLite.dll to 3.11.1 (suggested by brahmastra2016).
    • Update NSIS to 2.51, which hardens the installer against DLL hijacking
    • Resolved false positive Packer.Generic!c with AegisLab antivirus
    • Submit BleachBit for whitelisting with ESET antivirus to address slowness when running with ESET (reported by captaincackle)
  • Development

Also in January BleachBit has moved web hosting and SourceForge to a new domain ( and new web servers.

Confused by the 12 in the numbering scheme? BleachBit version 1.12 obsoletes versions 1.10 and 1.8 because 12 is greater than 10 or 8.


  • Add English (Canada) translation thanks to mike (dickmanitoba).
  • Update Brazilian Portuguese translation thanks to Danilo Silva and Paulo Guzmán.
  • Update Catalan translation thanks to VPablo.
  • Update Czech translation thanks to Kuvaly [LCT], Roman Horník.
  • Update Dutch translation thanks to rob.
  • Update English (Australia) translation thanks to Jared Norris, Alfredo Hernández.
  • Update English (Canada) translation thanks to Danilo Silva.
  • Update English (United Kingdom) translation thanks to Andi Chandler.
  • Update Finnish translation thanks to Jiri Grönroos.
  • Update French translation thanks to lann.
  • Update Galician translation thanks to Marcos Lans.
  • Update German translation thanks to Phillip Sz.
  • Update Hebrew translation thanks to Yaron.
  • Update Italian translation thanks to Carml, Luca Ciavatta.
  • Update Korean translation thanks to halcyonest.
  • Update Malay translation thanks to abuyop.
  • Update Portuguese translation thanks to Ivo Xavier.
  • Update Slovak translation thanks to Miro Janosik.
  • Update Spanish translation thanks to Will I Am, Andres Rodriguez.
  • Update Ukrainian translation thanks to Maxim Nosovets, Alex_N-B.

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Just so you know, the link you posted under the news section leads to BleachBit 1.10.

Also known as Alex.

Moderator for BleachBit and a maintainer for Winapp2.

Check out my open-source group on Steam:

Windows 10 x64 (switching to ReactOS in the future).

Why does the new version 1.12 gives me a virus warning (generic virus) in windows 10.

BleachUser, did you download BleachBit-1.12-setup.exe from this site? Did you verify the digital signature is signed by Andrew Ziem? Did you have this issue with previous versions? Which antivirus do you use?

I verified the official BleachBit-1.12-setup.exe download using VirusTotal (report: and all 56 virus scanners found no problems, and the SHA256 hash matches the signed hash (

Sometimes antivirus software gives a false positive for BleachBit because I use the UPX executable to save disk space, but please still let me know about the questions above.

Andrew, lead developer

Hi Alex,

I use your great program since several years now, I got the same alert twice under win7 64bit.

This is under a fresh install, now even if it's a false flag please check because this might really be serious.

I'm not kidding, there is no smoke without fire. Your program is the best and maybe so good that some org is undermining your rep

I only registered now because it's tough and I got put off by your statement "Please use the above resources instead of emailing the author directly."

The SHA under virustotal shows the same result as you posted, yet under my standard user account when I click CMD, please see screenshots on what happens everytime now...


I made a gif since this was tagged as a false alert, there's reason to believe that there's actually a real infection risk please see link below:

Hi there Andrew.
I used the 1.10 version which i downloaded from this site and did not have any isseus regarding virus warnings after i did an update from the 1.10 version up to the 1.12 i got the generic virus warning with AVG Internet Security.

Kind regards Alex.

I made a screenshot from AVG you can look at it here:
Click on the image for fullscreen.

Kind regards Alex.

BleachUser (Alex), thank you for the screenshot. I submitted one of those files bleachbit.exe for analysis to, but currently AVG identifies it as clean. Perhaps there was a recent database update that fixed this. The false positives seem most common when a new version is released before AVG learns to trust the file.

Nevertheless, AVG is popular, so I submitted to AVG an application for Application Whitelisting, so this will prevent false positives in the future.

Andrew, lead developer

Thank you for the effort Andrew i will uninstall the 1.10 and give it a second try with the 1.12 direct download.
Best regards Alex.


Just so you know Avast and AVG are merging and will be becoming 1 big AV now (probably even go commercial maybe?). Until the merging is fully complete, expect both AVs to have some issues (it's common when companies go through merges).

Read about it here:

Also known as Alex.

Moderator for BleachBit and a maintainer for Winapp2.

Check out my open-source group on Steam:

Windows 10 x64 (switching to ReactOS in the future).

I do have a late model ( ) and equipped it with latest anti virus. If someone here familiar with these unit, I would like to know if this new update is applicable in my system.

alexboyd: BleachBit version 1.12 is the latest version of BleachBit for all Windows and Linux desktops, laptops, and servers.

Andrew, lead developer