BleachBit 0.8.5

BleachBit 0.8.5 includes major improvements for Google Chrome and Chromium making BleachBit the most thorough cleaner for these browsers. Also BleachBit 0.8.5 includes improvements for Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, and translations.


January 3, 2011: BleachBit 0.8.6 has been released.

Changes since BleachBit 0.8.4:

  • Google Chrome/Chromium: delete the StartupDNSPrefetchList (hostnames used for DNS cache).
  • Google Chrome/Chromium: delete the HostReferralList (contains URLs which the browser cannot clean itself).
  • Google Chrome/Chromium: delete keywords table. Whenever you visit a web site a certain kind of site search (you may be surprised how many there are), the browser quietly remembers the URL for searching the site.
  • Google Chrome/Chromium: clean autofill (form) history
  • Google Chrome/Chromium: fully support secure shredding (overwrite) for all options--even those that do not remove the whole file.
  • Google Chrome: move some of history to DOM Storage option.
  • Google Chrome: delete top sites in history
  • Google Chrome: vacuum more
  • Chromium: delete many more files (now similar to Google Chrome)
  • Chromium: detect running process
  • Opera: delete HTML5 local storage (HTML5 cookies)
  • Firefox: improve cleaning orphan favicon and history_visits entries in places database
  • Firefox: remove Places option. Despite the warning, people seemed confused or afraid of this option. You can still clean Firefox history without it.
  • Add JSON to CleanerML
  • Shred file when modifying .ini. Right now only VLC uses a .ini cleaner, though the .ini cleaner is available in CleanerML for custom cleaners too.
  • Update checker now (optionally) finds beta versions too
  • Avoid potential divide by zero error in free disk space wipe
  • Specific to Linux
    • Add support for cleaning swap files (in addition to swap devices; LP#599133)
    • Packagers: BleachBit now requires simplejson.
  • Specific to Windows
    • Internet Explorer: clean active session
    • Internet Explorer: Clean IETldCache
    • Delete update uninstallers for Microsoft updates including hot fixes, service packs, and Internet Explorer upgrades
    • Add Chromium support on Windows
    • Google Chrome: fix cleaning local storage
    • Google Chrome: delete history-journal

Known issues

In BleachBit 0.8.5, Google Chrome and Chromium will lose the factory search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing) if you choose the History option, so you cannot search from the Omnibox. This is fixed for BleachBit 0.8.6 (due soon). This feature was included in "History" because as you browse to certain sites (such as, the browser will quietly add search engines to a list, and the list becomes a partial history of your usage on the Internet.

If you cannot search from the Omnibox, here is how to re-add Google as a search engine. Follow the guide "Manage search engine options" and use the URL like this

Or if you prefer to allow Google Chrome to track you using the RLZ "cookie," use this URL instead {google:baseURL}search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s


  • Fix old bug in web site (not affecting the application) causing problems for visitors with the web browser set to Spanish.
  • Update Arabic thanks to someone, MaXeR.
  • Update Brazilian Portuguese thanks to Matheus de Araújo, Alex B. Oliveira, Yann S. Melo.
  • Update Chinese (Traditional) thanks to Pin-hsien Li, Cheng-Chia Tseng.
  • Update Dutch thanks to UndiFineD, rob.
  • Update Finnish thanks to Jiri Grönroos, Pekka Niemi.
  • Update French thanks to Pierre Slamich, Mathieu Pasquet.
  • Update Galician thanks to Jon A. Amil, Miguel Anxo Bouzada.
  • Update Hebrew thanks to Yaron.
  • Update Italian thanks to Carml, Luca Falavigna.
  • Update Japanese thanks to Yuki Kodama, Toshiharu Kudoh.
  • Update Russian thanks to Andrey Olykainen, Sergey Sedov, Ilia Lilov aka lilovip, Oleg Koptev.
  • Update Spanish thanks to Monkey.
  • Update Turkish thanks to Burak Ilgicioglu, Ekrem Kocadere, Ufuk Yıldırım.
  • Update Ukrainian thanks to Сергій Матрунчик (SkyMan), Serge Gavrilenko.

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