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Application Cleaning Support

UltraSentry includes an exciting new feature that allows users to clean application-specific lists/caches related to a list of recognized applications simply by selecting cleaning options and saving them in a profile. The Wizard in UltraSentry allows you to securely delete items associated with these applications anytime you wish in the future by running the defined profile. This can be accomplished in just a few easy steps.

Step 1: Start Wizard to create a profile

The Wizard in UltraSentry is used to define cleaning options that will be used repeatedly in the future. To get started, click on the Wizard icon on the main toolbar.

For the purposes of this powertip, we're going to create a profile that includes only cleaning options for Applications - you will see that many applications are available in the Application list under Step 3 of the Wizard dialog.

By default, UltraSentry detects browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc) to determine what browsers are installed on your system. Any installed browsers will be selected by default when a profile is created. For this powertip, let's ensure that none of these items are selected:

To do this, simply uncheck all of the browsers on step 1 of the wizard. On the other hand, if you wish to include browser cleaning actions, you may certainly do so.

Additionally, UltraSentry detects which e-mail clients are installed from a list of supported e-mail clients (Mozilla Thunderbird, Eurodra, Outlook, and Outlook Express). Any installed e-mail clients will also be selected by default when a profile is created. For this powertip, let's ensure that none of these items are selected:

To do this, simply uncheck all of the email clients on step 2 of the wizard. On the other hand, if you wish to include email cleaning actions, you may certainly do so.

Step 2: Select the applications & options you wish to clean

The third pane of the Wizard (step 3) presents a list of applications with a predefined list of items that may be cleaned. The items available for cleaning are presented in a tree structure. Clicking on the "+" or the checkbox next to an application name will expand that item to display all cleaning options associated with it. Clicking the "-" will collapse cleaning options for the given application.

If a cleaning option is selected for a particular application, the application name (or parent node) will be selected as well.

When one or more items are selected in the cleaning options list, the application checkbox will be filled with a green square.

If all options associated with an application are selected, a green checkmark will be displayed in the application checkbox.

When the tree is expanded to show all cleaning options for an application, clicking on the checkbox beside the application name will clear any cleaning options selected for that application.

If the name of a cleaning option is selected, the registry/file path associated with that cleaning option will be displayed in the Option Values pane. The Security Level selected for the profile from the dropdown will be used for cleaning all selected application items.

Simply select the items you would like to clean and the appropriate cleaning level.

As you can see from our example, we have selected cleaning operations for Acrobat Reader (Recent Files History) and Adobe Photoshop Elements (Recent Files History).

Step 3: Save profile

Once you have specified all the cleaning options you wish to use on a recurring basis for the selected applications, you can save your profile for future use. After you have finished selecting your desired cleaning operations, click on Finish in the navigation pane on the left-side of the Wizard.

Run Button
If you press the Run button at this point, then the cleaning options you specified would be executed as a one-time event.

Save Button
If you wish to save the profile for future use, press the Save button. You will then be prompted to save the cleaning profile you've just created with a name and short description. You can then invoke the profile later using the Execute command in the Profiles menu.

Whether you run the profile or save it and execute it later, UltraSentry will display a log indicating what items were cleaned by the profile:

That's it... You're finished! After the profile is finished executing you can feel free to close UltraSentry or continue to perform further cleaning operations.

Special Protective Measures

It is possible that a user might inadvertantly install an application in such a manner that one of the predefined cleaning options for an application might be associated with a system folder (such as the Desktop or My Documents). While this would be indicated in the Option Values pane of the Wizard when the application cleaning profile is created, the user may not notice this. Because of this, it is possible that the log might display the following message for cetain cleaning options:

Incomplete - Removing system folder prohibited

If you see this message in the log after running a profile, please use the Modify option in the Profile menu to load the profile and go to the referenced cleaning option and select this in UltraSentry to see the full path associated with this option. You will probably want to remove this option from your cleaning profile, but UltraSentry will protect you from inadvertantly doing damage to your system in this event.

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