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  1. nightrider

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    I have uninstalled apps reinstalled them weeks later and they remembered all the settings. Even used a different email address. In windows that would be an ini file. I had a program installed that. Showed differnt files on the. Phone and some had the same name as apps I uninstalled. So my question: is there a program like ccleaner for windows that cleans out program leftovers and such? I have all the cache and history cleaners already. I've notice its running slower also even though I have lots of space on phone and card.
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    Android OS is based on Linux which in turn is based on Unix. There is no single registry in this type of operating system.
     
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    There is no registry on android, thus no registry cleaner. WHen you uninstall an app, it COMPLETELY uninstalls from the phone itself, unlike windows where it may leave things in the registry. However, most apps will save it's folder on the SD card for exactly that purpose, so if you want to reinstall the app, the settings/data may still be there. If you want to get rid of it, just go through your sd card and remove any folders from apps you dont have anymore.
     
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    I understood it was linux and that there is not a registry involved but I did not know that it was not possible for a even a minute particle of the program to remain in the operating system. Is the OS also virus proof? I was under the impression that AV's are useless on android.
     
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    It isn't that Android is virus proof; the current AntiViruses only look for what is already known to be malicious, which means Google has already removed it from the market and sent out patches. Just use common sense: don't downloaded pirated apps and look at the permissions (a wallpaper with access to contacts and full internet is a massive red flag).
     
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    The operating system makes it very difficult to load malicious code into an Android.
    (You have to agree to the permissions an app needs - a smart person asks why static wallpaper needs access to my contact list, et cetera)
    The couple of nasty apps were found by the community, not any AV suite.
    They are worthless...less - they waste battery.
     
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    This is true that aderoid does'nt have ny registery.But some app stores their data which is not located in its default folder and this data remains in phone. To remove this data just reboot your phone. It works in my phone.
     
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    Would clearing the cache partition help your cause?
     
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    I've uninstalled a few apps that left a folder full of something behind, and rebooting didn't help one bit. I just have to stroll through my SD card every now and then to delete the stragglers.
     
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    Some applications store their data in hidden folders which start with dot(.). You will not see them. In file explorer, tick to show hidden files/folders. If you find any files or folders(hidden) belonging to any applications you have uninstalled, just delete them.
     
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    I use,"Clean Master" app.It's quite good at spotting residual files on the system and removing them.


    I also use,"Avast-Free" anti-virus for more than it's anti-virus options and has no noticeable effect on my battery life. Light usage I can go two days without a re-charge.

    HTH :)
     
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    Before you uninstall the app, open menu>settings>applications and tap on the "all" tab. Find your app, tap on it and then select clear cache and clear app data. That will remove any residual settings. It may leave an app folder, but it would be empty at this point, unless it contained any user-downloaded media files.
     
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    This is the best way. But we cannot do it routinely. We always use shortcut to uninstall by uninstallers.
     
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    Wonder if anyone has written an uninstaller app that wipes data and cache automatically before uninstalling?
     
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