For your first time using the Privacy Scanner, it will present you a screen where you may click the Scan Now button to begin. The product allows you to scan for potential privacy traces in your temporary files, browser history, cookies, browser usernames and passwords, user profiles, and your recycle bin. The free product allows unlimited free scans and one free cleaning. The purchased product allows for unlimited scans and unlimited cleanings.
However, if you have done one scan previously, and run the application again, your screen will look similar to the following summary screen.
On this alternative starting screen, which you can see when you click the Overview tab menu on the left, you can see when the scan was last completed, what was found in each category, what was fixed, and have the options to reshow those results or scan again.
When you elect to do a scan, you will see the percentage progress of your scan, along with each category and a count of entries found. You can click Cancel at any time to cancel this scan.
The Privacy Scanner scans for potential privacy traces in your:
browser usernames and passwords
The free product allows unlimited free scans and one free cleaning. The purchased product allows for unlimited scans and unlimited cleanings.
Once your scan is completed, you will see an indication of this and a button to click for resolving potential privacy issues.
Clicking the Resolve Privacy Issues button allows you to review the results of your scan and gives you an option to see every issue found in each category tab. You can choose to either click to another menu in the main tab menu on the left, or click the buttons New Scan, to do another scan, or Clean Items Now, to clean items found.
After you have clicked the Resolve Privacy Issues button after reviewing the results of your scan, you will see the cleaning progress along with the cleaning categories and their counts of items cleaned. The free product allows unlimited free scans and one free cleaning. The purchased product allows for unlimited scans and unlimited cleanings.
Once your cleaning is complete, you will see the final count of items cleaned and can elect to clean again if you wish.
Note that some temporary files may be in use by active applications. You may see a prompt about this so that you are aware that the Privacy Scanner application could not (and should not) clean those.
By default, the product not only scans once on each login, but scans once a day. You can change the scheduled daily scan in the Schedule tab in the main menu on the left in the application. To change the scan upon each login, this is in settings and is discussed under the Settings part of this guide.
On the daily scan, you can change the time of day when it scans, as well as turn it on or off. You can also change from Daily Scan to Weekly Scan.
On the weekly scan, you can choose which days to run the scan, as well as set the time when the scan runs, and, of course, toggle the scheduled scan feature on or off.
On both of these scan types, you can also click the Reset to Default button to revert back to a daily scan at the default time of 11:59am in your timezone.
On the main menu of tabs on the left in the application, you can click Settings to see your current settings of the application and have the option to change these.
Under the sub-tab of General Settings, you can change the following things:
Run at Windows startup Determines whether this scan runs on each time you login to your computer desktop. (Enabled by default.)
Disable scheduler tasks Determines whether the scheduler is ignored. (Disabled by default.)
Check for updates automatically Determines whether the application looks for updates or not. (Enabled by default.)
Scan the system automatically at program start Determines whether launching the application causes it to scan immediately or not. (Enabled by default.)
Select All Options Allows you to toggle the options on or off collectively.
However, be sure to click the Apply Changes button to save these changes.
Under the sub-tab of Scan Areas, you can choose which categories to scan or not.
Under the sub-tab of Whitelisted Folders, you can add or remove folder paths that you do not wish the scanner to scan.
Under the sub-tab of About, you can see the application version information as well as click a button to understand how to uninstall the application.
The support tab allows you to get product support for this product by viewing this Guide or by contacting our Support Department.
On the sidebar is a handy area above the product registration button where you can see some limited information about your computer, which is often useful in tech support cases. Clicking the View Full Spec link opens a screen where you can see more detail about this.
You can't change these settings. However, these settings are often useful to know in tech support cases.
The free product allows unlimited free scans and one free cleaning. The purchased product allows for unlimited scans and unlimited cleanings. If you click the Register button in the bottom lefthand corner of the application, you will see the Registration popup where you can purchase a new key and then type it in.
Once you are registered, you will know when the license expires. Should the license expire, you can click the Purchase License button to get a new key and then use it to register the application again for the term of that license.