I found over 800 manifest.fingerprint files saved by Google Chrome!

In computer science, a fingerprinting algorithm is a procedure that maps an arbitrarily large data item (such as a computer file) to a much shorter bit string, its fingerprint, that uniquely identifies the original data for all practical purposes[1] just as human fingerprints uniquely identify people for practical purposes. This fingerprint may be used for data deduplication purposes. This is also referred to as file fingerprinting, data fingerprinting, or structured data fingerprinting. With over 800 Fingerprint files, I decided to show you how to Find and Delete Chrome Fingerprint Files.

Through trial and error I found out that the folders and files created are the background applications running. Even if you don’t have any add-ins for Google Chrome, it still has services running when your browser is closed.

How to Delete:

The version of Google Chrome for this article: Version 70.0.3538.110 (Official Build) (64-bit)

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click Advance
  3. Scroll down to Systems
  4. Uncheck the box in advanced settings for allowing background apps to run even when the browser is closed.

This stops the creation of those files and even reclaimed some speed on older systems.

  • By default, Chrome (and Chromium) browser runs a background process, even after you have closed the browser. The process visits all CA (Certificate Authority) Websites to download the CRL (Certificate Revocation List) and stores the information in those temporary folders.
  • In every one or two days, the Chrome background process will create a new temporary folders with two random numbers.
  • Run a complete system search for manifest.fingerprint.  Delete all files in the search result.

Install the Chrome Fingerprint AddOn

  • Use Widget to Automatically Delete Fingerprint files.

Use this link to add the Fingerprint Widget to the Chrome browser:Get the Chrome Fingerprint Widget

That should do it for now.  Repeat the process in a couple of days to eliminate new fingerprint files, and make sure the Widget is working.

[1]SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerprint_(computing)

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