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30 August 2020

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DragonMaster
08 September 2019
Version: 6.0.1

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If you hate Cookies, Histories etc. and want to get rid of them quickly and at your discretion then this is the app to own! Buy from the Developer not the App Store! Much more flexible and updates are quicker. Support is big time!
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artie505
23 September 2020
Version: 6.1.5
Cookie has two faults that seriously detract from its credibility (and I apologize to all for not having exposed them long ago): 1. COOKIE DISABLES HSTS (AN INTERNET SECURITY FEATURE) BY DEFAULT any time it clears cache, it doesn't advise you that a security feature has been disabled, and it doesn't give you an option to change the default behavior. (Cookie's developer) Russell's response to my objections to his having unilaterally and with finality disabled a security feature was "if no one [other than you] wants this option, it’s not worth my effort." And THAT is as stupidly dangerous and bizarrely arrogant an approach to security as I can imagine. Security is NOT a toy for developers to play with, and no RESPECTABLE developer would disable a security feature with neither an up-front warning nor a means to re-enable it! 2. Cookie offers timer options to clear Safari's cache and history while it's running despite the fact that Russell has known for years that it is/was (see next paragraph) impossible to do so other than from within Safari. Actually, it has recently become possible for Cookie to clear Safari's cache while it's running, but it remains impossible for it to clear its history, and despite that, the option, which is a flat out lie, remains. And Russell's response to my requests that he remove the options/option was the same, "if no one wants this option [other than you], it’s not worth my effort." Sorry, Russell, but HONESTY SHOULD BE INHERENT IN AN APP, NOT a feature that needs to be requested! Other than that... GREAT APP!
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forouhcr
07 September 2020
Version: 6.1.5
Cookie 6 developer (SweetP Productions) is an unethical company. There is no upgrade path from Cookie 5 to 6 without paying the full price again. Cookie 5 disappeared a few short months after I bought it from Apple's App Store so you can't download it again. Despicable behaviour. I've filed a complaint to Apple.
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saturnpluto0
20 December 2019
Version: 6.0.7
I DO NOT recommend this product for the following reasons:

* Not long after buying it in March 2019 a paid for upgrade was released which is only free for
those who bought after 1 June 2019.

* No documentation explaining the interface. For example, it is not clear
why some websites are greyed out or what it means when the favourite
checkbox is ticked/unticked.

* Automatic removal is on but tracking cookies are not removed

* Essential cookies on popular sites are removed, leading to problems. You
can white list these but it involves trial and error.

* Many browsers are tightening up on cookies with new functions to
limit them. Having Cookie as an extra layer only complicates cookie
management and problem solving.

* I can find no way of contacting the owners (SweetP Productions) on their site.
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sheelafsj2
22 October 2019
Version: 6.0.4
Kindly stop this add please
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DragonMaster
08 September 2019
Version: 6.0.1
If you hate Cookies, Histories etc. and want to get rid of them quickly and at your discretion then this is the app to own! Buy from the Developer not the App Store! Much more flexible and updates are quicker. Support is big time!
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incrzr
29 August 2019
Version: 6.0
How do I install Cookie 5 from the App Store now? It's no longer available. And Cookie 6 is Mojave only.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
27 August 2019
Version: 6.0
I can't find anywhere on on their site where it lists special upgrade pricing from version 5 to 6.
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Aeschylus
20 August 2019
Version: 5.9.13
I'm impressed. This has worked well for years through system upgrades and is promptly updated when needed. It is quality software and I'm glad I bought this when I did. I feel like I control cookies and they don't control me. I love every time FB doesn't recognize me and wants me to open a new account - this means, they can't track me. Yay!
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Kenm22
14 July 2019
Version: 5.9.12
I have used Cookie for a very long time. It is one of a very few indispensable pieces of software I own. I wouldn't want to be without it. I find it to be set it and forget it. Russell, the developer is one of the most responsive developers out there. If only other developers would take a lesson from him. In reading Big Johnson's comments it seems to me that by having 305 cookies he is defeating the very purpose for which this piece of software exists...to reduce the number of cookies to only those you need on a regular basis and to avoid tracking cookies. Cookie does this better than any piece of Mac software I know of. No piece of software, or anything else we use for that matter, has unlimited capacity. Even if you were able to design such a thing the cost would be prohibitive and the resources it would use would be astronomical.
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iMacWare
25 May 2019
Version: 5.9.9
You absolutely must be using Cookie! The trial is enough for you to be persuaded, you need it. It's a must have. I have seen Safari fail to clear cache. Get cookie! It's better than chocolate chip malanos! ?
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Derekcurrie
17 April 2019
Version: 5.9.9
Indispensable. Excellent developer. A top notch tool in my arsenal.
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Aapple
14 April 2019
Version: 5.9.8
Tried using 5.9.8. After setting up and trying to remove a few cookies, it crashed. After having crashed, it can not start again. It never even gets to run. I still can run version 4.8 without issues. I tried totally removing 5.6.8 using AppDelete. After that it ran once, crashed and back to square one. Don't buy without trying. (MacOS 10.13.6., MacPro 5,1)
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Big Johnson
12 March 2019
Version: 5.9.6
What a horrible, useless pi*ce of ****** this has become!

For the past several weeks I've been using Firefox and Cookie is completely ineffective - does not function at all with FF Quantum.

FF cookies aren't ever shown in the cookies list so they can't be removed there either.

And there are two cookies shown for Chromium that are impossible to remove even though I manually deleted them in Chromium; One is a Demdex tracking cookie.

The icon in the menu bar is no longer white with black chips. For the past several version it's now dark grey with black chips and I don't like it. I'm using dark menu bar, but disabling it makes it even uglier.

Cookie routinely uses more than 120% CPU which causes my fans to race. And Cookie can almost never be quit from the menu bar - I must open Activity Monitor and quit it there.

Why is one of the choices for icon appearance a location indicator?! Cookie's not a map! That's just dumb AF.
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Hal-Itosis
23 December 2018
Version: 5.9.4
Never have I seen such bizarre behavior in a list window on a Mac before. Clicking disclosure triangles [in the Websites panel] and whitelisting their contained items leads to all kinds of strange UI responses (short freezes, odd jumps). Something in Cookie's list-window code is seriously wrong.

And there's still no keyboard shortcut to whitelist an item!?!? Does the author even use his own program?

-HI-
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mjwoolf
12 December 2018
Version: 5.9.4
I can't leave a zero, but that's what this piece of crap deserves. Stay away at all costs. The support website gives instruction to do things and open things that DO NOT EXIST. Run and manage the damn things yourself directly in Safari because this junk won't do it for you
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artie505
16 November 2018
Version: 5.9.2
Hey, Russell,

I'm sick of creating new login identities, so I'm posting here to let you know that mail to support@sweetpproductions.com and rgray@.... is bouncing:

550: 5.7.23 SPF validation failed. Please see http://www.openspf.org/Why?id=xxx%40verizon.net&ip=74.6.130.124&receiver=lvps46-163-78-189.dedicated.hosteurope.de : Reason: mechanism

The message I've been trying to send is:

Is there any way to get Cookie to remember my column width prefs in my Cookie window?

They're a giant PIA to set in the first place, and they revert to default when I quit Cookie.
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june8
15 November 2018
Version: 5.9.2
Have some problems with removing Vivaldi cookies. No reply from the developer.
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MichaelHaeusler
07 November 2018
Version: 5.9.2
Firefox 63 broke Cookie functionality. None of the stored cookies seem to work anymore, i.e. I have to manually log in every time I visit a website that should log me in automatically. When I disable the setting "Remove every (x) minutes while Browser is Open", everything is back to normal again. Still a great application, though. Best cookie manager imho.
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june8
13 October 2018
Version: 5.9.1
Perfect as always!
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Derekcurrie
28 September 2018
Version: 5.9
Cookie v5.9 is now available. It's macOS 10.14 Mojave ready. Here's what's new: • macOS Mojave Dark Mode support • Added a notification window outlining how to enable Cookie in Sytstem Preferences • Cookie app is now Notarized by Apple • Updated Sparkle Cookie is my cookie total control system. Thank you SweetP!
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iMacWare
24 August 2018
Version: 5.8.6
This is a wonderful software suite for privacy on the Mac!
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3.5
anonymous-gerbil-5319
13 April 2018
Version: 5.8.1
Great for clearing cookie (and localStorage), but "fixed code signing" again?
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SweetP Productions
11 April 2018
Version: 5.8.1
hey guys, theres a bug in the Mac App Store v5.8.1. Ive uploaded a fix to Apple, and v5.8.2 should be available tomorrow. The version from my store is not affected at all.
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guyt
10 April 2018
Version: 5.7.9
Release notes v5.8 removed Facebook links → instant 5 star rating :)
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zajizee
24 March 2018
Version: 5.7.9
Works as it says.

Based on some of the reviews here, I did a test to see if after I removed cookies in Safari, they still persisted. Upon opening Safari, the cookies I deleted via Cookies App were gone in Safari. Of course, once I revisit the website, they will be dropped back on my computer, obviously. But I have my timer set to fire every few minutes to delete any unwanted cookies, cache and databases I don't want to remain. I've been a Cookie user for about 5 years.

Wish I could add other browsers on my own, such as Cliqz, Brave and Epic.
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Big Johnson
26 January 2018
Version: 5.7.6
Save your money, this app is garbage.

It doesn't remove anything. I logged into a site today that placed 21 cookies in Firefox. Deleting them in Cookie does NOTHING - they're all still showing in FF.

And then there's the never-ending bug of cookies mysteriously opening in Cookie's window - that is the arrows turn down and reveal the enclosed cookies.

And no matter how many times you close them, it WILL happen again, probably within a day or two.

There's not much reason to buy something that does nothing (except aggravate you).
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Shk747
28 November 2017
Version: 5.7.1
@dev: are you crazy to make this NOT working update to clients that payed for via appstore?!
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Big Johnson
08 November 2017
Version: 5.6.2
Still a horribly buggy POS!

Inexplicably opens random cookies from time to time, causing me to have to go through clicking each of their arrows to close them again. It's never just one, it's usually 10 or more at a time - this time it was 32, and not all in a row.

There SHOULD be an option to open all/close all, but of course there isn't.

I've had an ongoing problem with the Blur extension.
I'd adjust all the settings where I want them, and from time to time they'd revert to default and I'd have to set 'em again. I thought it was caused by Blur, but today I diagnosed it as being caused by Cookie.

I have the option set to "never remove browser extensions."
And all three of Blur's database files are checked as favorites, so they should never be removed.

But if I adjust Blur's settings, click the button to remove NON-favorite databases and reopen Chrome, Blur's settings will have reverted to default because its databases were deleted.
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Mextex
28 September 2017
Version: 5.6
Is there a upgrade path for (non-Appstore) Cookie 4 users?
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Rusta
22 September 2017
Version: 5.6
Why are not the existing settings taken over during an update? Everything away ... Importing the previously exported favorites also does not work - of 80 entries were only 9 again improrted. Annoying!
As far as I can see, version 5.5.8 also works with Safari 10.11.
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Big Johnson
22 September 2017
Version: 5.6
Notice: As per the dev's website, "Cookie does go on sale from time to time, and you can follow SweetP Productions on Twitter for notifications."
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Hanstyo
24 July 2017
Version: 5.5.7
Paid for it, installed it, puzzled how to use its functions like for example Whitelist or Favourites (what's the difference??). Why so complex and why no manual available. Tutorial is on Vimeo which is censured in my country. I can't believe somebody askes $20 and doesn't provide even a manual. Wasted $20. Miss the days of programs like Cookie Cutter which did the job simple and effective and were cheap.
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terrytrinder
20 June 2017
Version: 5.5.7
I've used Cookie for a number of years, both on my MacBook Pro and now on my iMac, although to be fair, I haven't run it consistently until recently. As a previous User, I even got a reduced price upgrade to the latest version.

What I can tell you is that 1) the product works very well indeed and 2) the developer, Russell, gives first rate (and fast) support - perhaps better than any I've come across.

The latest version v5.5.7 also supports Vivaldi, which is worthwhile in itself. The product has been developed a lot since I first started using it, and the option of timed removal is much welcomed.

My response to other negative reviews is simple: just try the latest version. It is really flexible with numerous options for cookie removal - on startup, browser exit or on demand. If you don't believe that, just look at the list of cookies before and after a manual removal or have a look at the removal notifications?

Highly recommended and better than any of the other cookie removal apps I've tried over the years.
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Big Johnson
02 June 2017
Version: 5.5.7
Oh look - another bi-monthly update.

And how many bugs were supposedly fixed THIS TIME?
At least four.

Any guesses as to how many we’ll see in the middle-of-June update?
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Big Johnson
18 May 2017
Version: 5.5.6
The weekly update is out!

Still doesn’t clear caches like it says it does.

And apparently the failure to clear cookies at login wasn’t fixed either - I haven’t restarted yet but the update doesn’t mention it.

After clearing cache and cookies I can still find sites listed in Safari’s prefs > Privacy section.

Yesterday I had some stuff in my cart on a shopping site. After clearing cache & cookies the cart was still full next to my name. Only after deleting the entry in Safari were my name and cart contents removed.

Not sure what this is really good for since it doesn’t do most of what it’s supposed to do and doesn’t block bad cookies at all.

Evidently it’s just for people who like installing things every week whether they work or not.
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Big Johnson
26 April 2017
Version: 5.5.4
Does NOT remove cookies at login. "Remove non-favorites" only works intermittently and is very aggravating because I use it often and I never know if it will work.
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fiery12
16 April 2017
Version: 5.5.3
Crash, crash, crash!
When Cookie works it's a good app, but more than often it just crashes. I start it after the crash click the same "Remove Non-Favorites" button and this time it may work. Work is a very broad verb for Cookie, often it just refuses to remove some cookies. Clicking twice (after 5-10 sec. delay) fixes the problem. I haven't seen so unstable app as Cookie. In all 20 crashes of v5.2.1 to v5.5.3, not a single one is equal to another one. EXC_BAD_ACCESS is always in different functions. Console app is full of Sandbox deny file read messages about Cookie.

I use this app only to clear Firefox (latest version) cookies on El Capitan. I close Firefox, then start Cookie and click on "Remove Non-Favorites" button. I have only two favorite websites. I can't believe that such a simple task as updating Firefox "cookies.sqlite" file could be so cumbersome.
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Jgj
12 April 2017
Version: 5.5.1
Beware updating from 5.2.3 to 5.5.1. It will lose your favorites for Chromium, even though it will keep your Safari and Firefox favorites. By this I mean not that it will delete your Chromium cookies, but that it will fail to recognize (under the Chromium heading) that Websites X, Y, and Z were marked as favorites. For instance, I have github as a favorite in Cookie for all my browsers. Upon updating to 5.5.1, github is not listed by Cookie among my Chromium favorites even though github is still listed under Firefox and Safari.
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jcastilla
02 March 2017
Version: 5.2.3
Since I'm on Cookie, have no way to be hijacked while browsing. Having experienced first-rate privacy and security, feel more comfortable in the Internet.
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artie505
27 February 2017
Version: 5.2.3
Hey, Russell, if you're listening, email to your support address is bouncing...Error: Connection refused & Error: Connection timed out.
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4.5
Derekcurrie
25 February 2017
Version: 5.2.3
This is the best Cookie control app for Mac users. The developer is excellent, very responsive and very responsible. He's constantly polishing and improving Cookie. I have Cookie running 24/7 on my Macs and won't surf the net without it. The GUI is very good. It's easily configurable. It has a dirt simple and effective cookie removal timer. It never causes me problems or headaches. When I have run into bugs in the past, the developer has responded and repaired them immediately. There is a learning curve as you set up and get used to Cookie. You will have to get used to toggling on and off its Removal Timer or manually dumping cookies, as you choose. As such, it's not something Granny will easily get used to. But for what it does, Cookie is well worth the investment of time and money. The closest competitor is Cookie Stumbler, but it's not as good or as cost effective. I never saw the point in paying its yearly subscription fee. Cookie can be just as effective removing cookies, if you configure it correctly. Plus, Cookie Stumbler is a bit buggy and appears to be in a state of stagnation. I gave up bothering with it.
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2.5
George6
03 December 2016
Version: 5.2.1
in principe this is a good app, but sadly there seems to be no sense at all for a reasonable gui. wish it had a simple "remove all" button in the toolbar.
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June8
28 November 2016
Version: 5.2.1
Deleted cookies coming back.
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Kenm22
22 November 2016
Version: 5.2.1
I don't post here often but I feel compelled to respond to the negative reviews for Cookie. To me it is, far and away, the very best cookie manager available for Mac. I've been at this a long time and seen quite a number of cookie managers. Nothing comes close to this one. Once you set it up, you forget it while is quietly goes about doing its job. Invisible is the word that comes to mind.

As far as the developer, he is one of the most responsive and helpful developers out there. He responds quickly to any questions and rapidly solves any problem that may exist, which is a rarely..

I not only use Cookie, I wouldn't want to be without it, It makes my web use so much easier and more secure.

I also use another product from SweetP named Hides. Hides invokes Single Application Mode. Its only task is to automatically hide other open applications making your workspace cleaner. It can easily be turned of or on in the menu bar.

I give Cookie FIVE STARS.

Great products, helpful and responsive developer.
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Big Johnson
20 October 2016
Version: 5.1.3
The claim that "Cookie prevents third parties from hijacking your browsing experience" is completely false.

In my experience ALL hijacking of my browser has been caused by Javascript on pages I visited. That has nothing to do with cookies. Simply visiting certain sites and clicking anywhere on the page activates a new malware window like this awful one.
http://pcnetworksteadycloud.online/?source=62968_609618_

Lets see you stop that, Cookie!

Removing cookies won't do a damn thing to prevent this.
The only way I've found to stop 90% of them from occurring was to install the JS Blocker extension for Safari from Apple's Extension Gallery. https://goo.gl/GsakKs
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anonymous-tapir-4715
29 September 2016
Version: 5.1.2
Lucky, lucky find, And boy, does this work. Thank you, SweetP, for your frequent updates. too.
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Big Johnson
09 September 2016
Version: 5.1
Found ANOTHER bug! (v5.1)

I thought I'd been doing good by having the timer remove unwanted cookies and emptying the cache frequently, but I see the items don't really get cleaned, even when done manually.

Removal options have tracking cookies, non-favorites and cache enabled.

The site I wanted to delete is NOT marked as a favorite, and disappeared when I clicked the "remove non-favorites" button. Then I clicked the "remove tracking cookies" button.

That SHOULD have removed all entries from Safari, but did not - there are still several entries listed for that site in Safari.

avatars0.websiteusercontent.com (cache)
avatars1. websiteusercontent.com (cache)
avatars2. websiteusercontent.com (cache)
avatars3. websiteusercontent.com (cache)
website.com (cache, cookies, local storage)
websiteusercontent.com (cache)

And a blacklist to prevent sites from ever setting cookies is still needed (if that's possible).
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Jgj
28 August 2016
Version: 5.1
Cookie 5.X seems buggy regarding the export/import of favorites. I'm NOT talking about importing from Cookie4 into Cookie5. I'm talking about exporting my Cookie5 favorites to a textfile for safekeeping. For some reason it can't ever be imported back into Cookie5 if Library/Containers/com.sweetpproductions.Cookie5 ever gets deleted. I can select that file for importing, but the result is always that none of the cookies get blue checkboxes afterwards. To reproduce, export your Cookie5 favorites to a textfile "foo.txt". Quit Cookie5. Delete the Cookie5 folder in Library/Containers. Do "defaults delete -app Cookie" in the terminal. Open Cookie5 and go through the permission-granting rigamarole that spawns filesystem dialogs (there's got to be a better way to do that, BTW). There will be a screen that shows all the cookies on your machine, with blank checkboxes. You have the opportunity to manually check the ones you want to favoritize or to import from a text file. Choose import, and locate foo.txt. Hit return and feel the pain as none of the blank checkboxes turn blue. (It doesn't help if you skip this and wait until Cookie5 is fully set up, then try to "Import" from Cookie's File menu. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the exported favorites file is JSON, while the Favorites.plist file is an XML plist?
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wickedsp1d3r
18 August 2016
Version: 5.1
Developer's website is pretty often down from some reason.
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Big Johnson
14 August 2016
Version: 5.1
When I opened v5.1 ALL my favorites were unchecked and only 56 domains remained out of 146! Fortunately I'd exported them before updating. After importing them all 146 were restored and marked as favs.
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