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Flush... Flash Cookie Removal Tool For OS X.

For those who do not know about Flash cookies, more properly referred to as Local Shared Objects (LSO), they operate in a similar way to regular browser cookies but are stored outside the purview of your browser, meaning you cannot delete them from within your browser, whether Safari, Firefox, Opera or any other. Typically they are issued from sites or 3rd party sites that contain Adobe Flash content. Since virtually all Internet advertising is delivered in Flash, Google/Doubleclick and all other Internet advertising companies are sure to be tracking your browsing behavior with Flash more...

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Version 3.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Land Member IconComment+0
Land
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Developer's site no longer exists. Download link is no more. Flush is … well … flushed.

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Version 3.1
Er1cCS Member IconReview+0
Er1cCS
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I've been using Flush 3.1 for some time without problems. But yesterday, instead of listing the items to be flushed, the program displays the message, "Could not open a new pseudo-tty." It then opens the "standard" "Welcome to Flush 3.1. Do you want to flush these Flash cookies into your Trash now?" window.

What's wrong here? How should I proceed?

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Version 3.1
Er1cCS
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I found it myself. I'm unclear what actually caused the problem, but it turned out that by going into Terminal.app I found a slew of windows open. Closing all of them eliminated the problem

Vinkri Member IconReview+102
Vinkri
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Great to buy airplane tickets (really!)! Many airlines, especially low cost, use flash cookies to "know" if you already asked for a price and propose you the same ticket for a bigger price.

But if your flash cookies are flushed, then the original price is displayed...

Anyway, Flush is easy to use, it works and it's free...

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Version 3.1
GeoProf Member IconComment+889
GeoProf
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This appears to have been abandoned — no updates in over a year despite that the last version wasn't yet even close to being fully developed and that giant developments in LSO and other such evils have occurred since its release.

It is therefore useless.

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Version 3.1
roger.wilco Member IconReview+0
roger.wilco
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Using it in 10.4.11 PPC machine. Works fine deleting cookies as advertised, but no way to preview found so far. It displays Terminal and a box asking if I want to delete them now or not. If yes, it deletes them. If not, it closes the window, closes Terminal. How do I preview these cookies please?

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Version 3.1
Vinkri
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just open you trash folder and browse through the flushed items. They're useless, anyway...

Ralf_Runstedt Member IconComment+15
Ralf_Runstedt
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Great little utility - it's pretty fast too! :)

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Version 3.1
Harv Member IconReview+343
Harv
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Lately, I developed the following problem on both my machines.

Whenever I run Flush, I get the following:


File
Computer HDName:
Users:Shortname:Library:Prefereences:Macromedia:
Flash Player wasn’t found.

And then I must quit Terminal.

Has anyone else had this experience?

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Version 3.1
Tom46 Member IconReview+28
Tom46
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Great app and easy to use. Could it possibly be enhanced to get rid of Google Analytics cookies too?

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Version 0.3.1
Pennyhead Member IconReview+113
Pennyhead
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Sorry but the method below kept the website Veoh from working correctly.

I want to apologize to the Flush developer for not restricting my comments to the software. I have used Flush for quite some time, find it useful and recommend it to people I know. It does what it says it will do

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Version 0.3.1
Pennyhead Member IconComment+113
Pennyhead
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No More Flash cookies (Mac)

Go to the following folders and move all you find to the trash:

Your Home Folder/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects

Your Home Folder/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/macromedia.com/support/flashplayer/sys

Go back to the Flash Player Folder. Do a Get Info on the #SharedObjects and macromedia.com folders. Lock them. Restart computer and you should be good to go.

You can check if this works by going to Hulu then see if Flush finds any Flash cookies.

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Version 0.3.1
Pennyhead
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I tested a few websites that use Flash. One of them choked a little bit and caused a spinning beach ball (veoh) but eventually worked fine so use at your own risk.

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Ralf_Runstedt
Version 3.1
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Details

Downloads 12,659
Version Downloads 9,769
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 15 Sep 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free