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Any news on the WSA release that will clran up old dbxxxx.db files.
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Best answer by shorTcircuiT 11 August 2015, 04:15

I think the bottom line of the original question of this thread is that we will need to be patient... It is not a good idea at all to be deleting or altering anything in the WRData folder without expert assistance.  :)
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Thank you, I got the answer.
Closed, somehow?
 
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I think the bottom line of the original question of this thread is that we will need to be patient... It is not a good idea at all to be deleting or altering anything in the WRData folder without expert assistance.  :)
Correct! 😉
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Well it's always good to watch and learn..I wasn't comfortable testing this out..LOLs;)
 
 
Thanks guys!!
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Yes.. all my browsers have it enabled as they all block the known bad site.   White list it and they all allow it.  Delete the whitelist file and they all block it again.  At least that is how it is behaving on my computer, without touching the registry.  
Your right! Just delete the Whitelist and reboot! Works fine for Firefox, Chrome and IE11 but does not Block on Edge or Cyberfox.
 
Thanks Buddy!
 
Daniel 😉
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I think the bottom line of the original question of this thread is that we will need to be patient... It is not a good idea at all to be deleting or altering anything in the WRData folder without expert assistance.  :)
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Yes.. all my browsers have it enabled as they all block the known bad site.   White list it and they all allow it.  Delete the whitelist file and they all block it again.  At least that is how it is behaving on my computer, without touching the registry.  
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HAHAHA, :D
 
I had reinstalled those browsers after the Win10 upgrade.
 
Just in case you did not know, you have to enable the WSA filtering extension if you want it to work. ;)
 
Guess who forgot...... Oh well, I never said I was perfect.
 
They all got blocked after fixing that.
 
Dave
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OK, just for the record,
 
I cleaned out the whitelist txt file completely.
Deleted the entries from the registry.
Rebooted.
 
Attempted to visit the site:
Firefox was blocked
Chrome was not blocked
Aviator was not blocked
 
Dave
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Well, having the same bad site Daniel had tested in my whitelist, I can get to it with Chrome, IE and Firefox all three. 
 
With deleting the whitelist file, and restarting protection, NOT closing the browsers, just hitting refresh, all three now block the page.. no edit of the registry needed.
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I have only tested with Aviator.  Guess I should try a couple others.
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What browser are you using?
 
If I delete the entire whitelist file, as soon as I restart WSA or the computer, the file is automatically recreated, but it is blank.  In Chrome, any site that I had manually allowed is now re-blocked without touching the registry, but I have not checked behavior with other browsers.
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Sorry for the delay as I got pulled away...
 
I rebooted and the the entry that I had deleted from the whitelist txt file is still gone.
 
I checked the registry and the entries for that deletion in the txt file are still in the registry and still allow me to go to the site without prompting me for any additional input.
 
Dave
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?, what browser were you using for your test?  We had different results.  I was using Chrome.   
 
 
 
EDIT: For the record, the registry entries ARE there, but I have NOT edited them.
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I am getting a different result.
 
Going to a known bad page (the same one you used for your test) it is of course blocked.   I manually allow the page.
 
Now I can navigate to it without a problem.  Once I delete the whitelist file, the page is now blocked again.  I have NOT done any resistry editing.
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I did a test and allowed a bad page but deleting the Whitelist does nothing you have to remove the blocks in the registry and reboot then the blocked page comes back.
 
This is a test, members please do not play with the Registry unless you know what you are doing!
 

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I did not shut down anything so I am really at a loss on this one.
 
Dave
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Yes, mine is an admin account.  That might be the difference.
Odd... I am logged in on an Admin account and it won't let me save the file LOL.  (yes, I shut down WSA first LOL)
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Yes, mine is an admin account.  That might be the difference.
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That's odd...  With Windows 10 I did not have any trouble editing my whitelist and removing an entry.  :S
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You MIGHT have to delete it as an Administrator.  My Windows 10 account is an Admin account... I am NOT sure about this.,
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Win 10 will not allow you to change the Whitelist. LOL Even with WSA turned off.
 


No.. you cannot edit it, but you can delete it.  Just turn off protection, and delete it.  Then.. restart protection and you will see it back, but it will be empty if there had been any previously whitelisted sites :(
 
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Win 10 will not allow you to change or remove a blocked page from the Whitelist. LOL Even with WSA turned off.
 

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I wouldn't recommend to delete for non security knowledgeable type of users as WSA could be Monitoring something and you would delete it's rollback option for that monitored process again IMO for experts only.
 
Thanks,
 
Daniel
Hi Daniel
 
I completely agree with you on this particular point.  Far better, if one is technical or has some technical knowledge, to delete specific .db file by date, having first checked all relevant locations within WSA where a file/app could be set to 'Monitor'.  Make sure that there is nothing that looks suspicious that is being monitored (I often find that new versions of some apps are regularly 'monitored' but because I know/trust the app I can switch that off).
 
I also NEVER delete any .db files that are newer than a couple of weeks old...just in case.
 
Regards, Baldrick 
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Typical me.  i FINALLY show my sorry face around here and I cause trouble ROFL
 
 :)
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I believe in doing that solution you will ALSO be losing the data of any previously manually white-listed URL's, as well as the data files for the Web Filter itself which is sometimes needed to manually install or update the Filter in Chrome or other browsers.
I think that's kept in the Registry if I'm not mistaken and the only way to remove the Blocked URL? And Joe told me it's quite hard to break WSA by deleting the files as most of them will be recreated.
 
Daniel
The white list is contained in the wrURL folder, Whitelist file.  Simply deleting that file will re-block all sites that had been manually allowed in the past.  The file will automatically recreate itself as a blank file as soon as WSA or the computer is restarted, so it will not cause any program errors regarding a missing file, but the data will be lost.
Lets Test it.
As long as it has not been changed in the last 12 months, I have tested it.  A few times :)
 
 

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