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CUSTARD Sims3Pack Cleaner

by Tashiketh Posted 6th Feb 2010 at 11:52 PM - Updated 17th Oct 2018 at 2:49 PM by Tashiketh
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Hi All,

What is this?

Welcome to the new tool. Clean Up Sims3packs Today! Also, raise dead. aka CUSTARD.

Also known as:
Clean Up Sims3packs - Totally Amazing Rubbish Detection (CUSTARD)
Clean Up Sims3packs Today And Revere Delphy (CUSTARD)
Clean up simspacks - totally automated rubbish detection (moar CUSTARD)
Clean up Sims3Packs today! Or die young.(CUSTODY)
Clean Up Sims3Packs Today! Advanced Research Division (Mmm birds eye...)
Clean Up Sims3Packs Today! Only MTS (CUSTOM)


(Thanks to Leesester, Davey and CN)

What does it do?

This tool is basically the "Clean" part of the old Sims2Pack Clean Installer that some of you may remember from TS2 days. It features the same functionality as the TS3 Dashboard, but works solely on Sims3Packs.

You can use it to basically "clean" your Sims3Packs, and also see if they have any corrupted packages inside.

NOTICE - Read this!

This tool is in ALPHA stage. This means that it might have bugs. This is NOT intended to be on general distribution and ONLY people who are willing to test the tool should be using it.

How do I use it?

Extract, open the tool. Open a Sims3Pack.
Uncheck stuff you don't want in the resulting file.
Save or Save As.

Note: You currently cannot right click a Sims3Pack and use Open With.



.NET Framework 2.0
Some Sims3Packs



- Fixed bug where selecting ANY package file to be disabled corrupted the XML of the saved Sims3Pack, thus making the entire Sims3Pack unusable.


Fixed some bugs, but it's been so long that I can't remember which ones. Probably something to do with clearing the list up properly or something....


Fixed the following bugs:
1) Didn't actually remove anything from the Sims3Pack, just removed it from the XML.
2) Had errors in the DimX, DimZ and sizes. (Reporting negative log sizes)
3) Had errors in the other metatags.
4) Was missing PackageId and Date.
5) Didn't correctly remove Lot thumbnails
6) Was missing lotName
7) Was missing EPFlags

1) Object description appears in Description column
2) Button to uncheck all thumbnails

Feedback wanted

I'm mostly interested in using this to load as many Sims3Packs as possible, of all types and sizes, and seeing what the resulting file looks like in terms of 1) Does it work 2) What the filesize is and 3) If anything is missing.

Please use the Debug menu to dump the Raw and Generated XML and then zip up and upload the resulting file, to help me out.
Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Editors CC Managers
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
CUSTARD.rar | v1.0.3922.35965

Size: 83.6 KB · Downloads: 147,101 · 12th Sep 2010
83.6 KB 147,101 12th Sep 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
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Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#26 Old 7th May 2010 at 7:23 AM
Sounds like it's a problem with the Sims3Pack code here on MTS, in conjunction with the XML that Custard produces. I'll look into it, thanks.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#27 Old 14th May 2010 at 9:43 PM
Okay, I've updated CUSTARD to fix a bunch of bugs. The XML output and resulting Sims3Pack was just plain wrong before. So hopefully this version should be better

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#28 Old 14th May 2010 at 11:26 PM
Thanks I'll try it.
#29 Old 15th May 2010 at 3:02 PM
Hi Delphy,

I'm still getting the empty file warning message when using custard even though the files are present and working okay. I reloaded my game and thought Custard was working for me okay now so I reupload three lots. Two are still in the moderator queue under Sir Charming (team account). There was a problem with Lake Barrett lot and so I reuploaded using the newest verison of Custard but still had empty file warning problem. With the new version of Custard my sim3pack had a much smaller file size (??) if that is of any significance. This is such a great tool. I really wish it would work for me. Let me know if you need me to send you anything on the lot files for further analysis. Thanks.

Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#30 Old 15th May 2010 at 3:29 PM
The error with missing files is not a problem with CUSTARD, it's a problem with the upload script that checks Sims3Packs. The new CUSTARD seems to be working fine - I just tested it on the Lake Barrett lot.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#31 Old 16th May 2010 at 12:10 AM
Delphy I can't help you much because of my poor english language but I want to thank you for this tool. It found corrupted files from my downloads (from 2 sets from Vitasims and other). Also its perfect tool to check what sims3pack contain for example from exchange, if item have some cc stuff, naked stuff (that are main problems from exchange) etc thanks a lot! You made good work with dashboard and with custard
Me? Sarcastic? Never.
staff: administrator
#32 Old 30th May 2010 at 11:00 PM
Would it be possible have the Uncheck all Images button static to someplace else? Or maybe so that it moves when the app is resized so the button doesn't stay in the same place covering stuff? (see pic) Or even in the menu somewhere on top? Shiny buttons are awesome but I like to view the app a bit bigger than the default size. Being able to uncheck all images is nice, but did I miss being able to uncheck all except the lot? Would be nice for lots with tons of sneaky packages hitching a ride.
Test Subject
#33 Old 10th Jun 2010 at 2:17 AM
Default I wish...
I really wish I can understand this but I don't. I download then there's 3 files or whatever in my .Rar. Now what do I do?
Me? Sarcastic? Never.
staff: administrator
#34 Old 10th Jun 2010 at 3:22 AM
Test Subject
#35 Old 11th Jun 2010 at 8:02 PM

I'm trying to help a friend clean up some of his files, that the doll got to, using this program..

He keeps getting error messages that look almost exactly like the ones in the first reply post here..

I've had him remove it, and sent him a copy, via yahoo, of the .rar I had saved on my pc, downloaded from here.. On my pc the program runs just fine.. I do notice, however, that after a save, I DO need to close down the program and reopen it or the descriptions tend to ghost over to other items.. (I'm at work right now so cannot check, but when I get home, I will verify I have the most recent version.. It was just last week or so when I downloaded it.. as did he.)

My questions are involving his error messages tho. I've verified that he has .Net framework 2.0, he's running Windows XP, SP2, and has properly unpacked the custard files into a folder all by themselves.

He has tried to do the fixes both inside the dl's folder, as well as outside it, in a backup folder on his desktop.

Do you have any ideas, suggestions, or work arounds?
#36 Old 13th Jun 2010 at 7:29 AM
I tried Custard on a new lot that has CC windows and furniture and the cc didn't show up on the custard list. I'm patched to date with Ambitions and my mods folder is now in the /my documents/EA... location. I'm wondering if Custard is not picking up the cc files or if the cc files are not being exported with the lot due to the new changes with how the game is recognizing and handling cc. Your thoughts?
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#37 Old 13th Jun 2010 at 5:06 PM
suzetter: If it's not in the list that shows up in custard, then it isn't in the sims3pack, plain and simple. So in other words, the saved / exported sims3pack from the game doesn't contain the cc.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
#38 Old 13th Jun 2010 at 9:35 PM
Okay, thanks. This would mean that the game now identifies custom content and doesn't export it with the lot. Cool.
Test Subject
#39 Old 14th Jun 2010 at 4:25 PM
Default Doll and sims 3 pack cleaner
Hi, I saw that thread on that doll and it lead to this remover but the file is in the DC backup folder and on another drive too that backed up to. I have one question, will removing those files that contain the 0x038a68fe04da61a6aa65f939d77fbc37.package be good enough or should I reinstall Windows or the Sims 3? My game has been crashing like mad here. Let me know and thanks! :D
Also. using this tool does not show that the file is open. There is nothing listed to see.
Test Subject
#40 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 5:18 AM
I found a corrupted file and unchecked it and went to save and I got an error saying

'Unhandled exception has occured in your application. If you click continue, the application will ignore this error and attemt to continue. If you click quit, the application will close immediately.

Acess to the path 'C:\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads\A Berry Historical Library.Sims3Pack' is denied.'

And i click continue and nothing changes.

Also, what am i supposed to to with the 'MadScience.dll files that come with it?
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#41 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 6:37 AM
littlebird: The MadScience files are required for the program to work. You aren't supposed to "do" anything with them - just have them in the same folder.

kathy: The doll wont be causing your game to crash. It'll be something else.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#42 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 2:07 PM Last edited by xdeadmanzbabiix : 19th Jun 2010 at 2:18 PM.
Delphy, ok so, this is my problem..

Originally Posted by LOOKIE its jessy
I can't see anything. I'm not sure if it's the game it's self, my neighborhood, or maybe the code, but I can't select sims. When I move my curser over them it acts like it's gonna let me click on them, but when I try to it doesn't let me; no intereactions what-so-ever comes up. Before I switched all my codes over, it was only showing the teenagers and one of the adults in the side, now it's showing noone in the side and noone in the bottom. I can't even expand the sim panel to find out there needs or anything now. Before I switched the codes over it did let me do that. I don't know if this has been a problem for other people or not, but it's really weird that everthing would go hay-wire right after I installed ambitions.

At first, I uninstalled all the cc (the .package ones) and it didn't help. So I uninstalled Ambitions and reinstalled.. didn't help. But everytime I went to a different household, everything showed up, I just couldn't click them. Then I uninstalled all sims 3 games, still did not help. It was the same as before, I could see everything fine, I just could not interact with any sim! So I again took out all the cc (only the .package ones again) and it's been working fine. I can click other sims and everything, just as I should. And that's with the Sims3Pack files in it. I've got the doll that was pictured on the sims 3 official site. I never downloaded it, but I downloaded your cleaner to try and get rid of it. Thing is, I checked every Sims3Pack file and no 'doll' appeared it them.

Do you think that there's something eles, or can the 'doll virus' attach to .package files? And if so, is there a cleaner that I can use to see where it's at in them?

Forum Resident
#43 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 4:01 PM
I'm pretty sure it was the doll that caused my game to crash. As soon as I removed it all crashing and saving errors stopped. I made no other alterations to my game. I guess I could reinstall it and see if it starts crashing again, but no thanks.

EA took the whole doll debacle seriously enough to issue warnings and is rapidly culling assets. It's probably broader though, there's a lot of bad CC on the Exchange, not just the doll. That's why this tool is so helpful and should be used to check every Sims3Pack before it is installed.
1978 gallons of pancake batter
#44 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 4:32 PM
Originally Posted by jmtmom
I'm pretty sure it was the doll that caused my game to crash. As soon as I removed it all crashing and saving errors stopped. I made no other alterations to my game. I guess I could reinstall it and see if it starts crashing again, but no thanks.
Well, it would still be nice if you would make sure of it. AFAIK nobody successfully re-enacted anything but the attaching to exported content so far. When I tested it it certainly didn't cause any crashes - or anything else out of the ordinary. There's a lot of FUD and poorly documented charges against this doll around. With the internets being what they are, falsehoods have a habit of spreading and overgrowing the truth.

I don't want to neglect your experience BTW. I just ask for wariness when making such claims.

If gotcha is all you’ve got, then you’ve got nothing. - Paul Krugman
Test Subject
#45 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 5:18 PM
Thanks Delphy! I had gotten a doll that needed to be deleted and though I manually did this, it kept showing up. Your program seems to have done the trick. I appreciate it and you rock.
Test Subject
#46 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 5:20 PM
Also, my game quit crashing but I think that was due in part to having so many cheats running at the same time. :D
Warrior Gryphon
site owner
Original Poster
#47 Old 19th Jun 2010 at 5:24 PM
Buzzler: Pescado already looked at the doll, and it basically doesn't do anything harmful, only attaching itself to sims3packs (not packages) when they are saved.

Can we, however, keep discussion to usage of this program, and not on CC issues? Thanks.

Story books are full of fairy tales, of Kings and Queens, and the bluest skies.
Test Subject
#48 Old 20th Jun 2010 at 3:08 PM
when i click the link to download your clean installer, i get a window that says 'save' or 'find'. when i click find, another window picks up with .rar and .zip installers. i'm not sure if its supposed to do that, and if so, could you please lend a hand? i just found out about the creepy doll today and what it can do to my game, and have actually just had a baby born with weird skin tone and then grow up into a toddler with womens boots for legs. any help would be much appreciated.
Test Subject
#49 Old 21st Jun 2010 at 3:29 PM
Default Doesn't work with Windows 7?!?!?
I downloaded the program and tried to open via WinZIP but as soon as i did it says that the program has stopped working. Has anyone else on windows 7 had this problem? How do you fix it?
#50 Old 21st Jun 2010 at 3:38 PM
I want to thank you for creating this tool, it is something we really need in this community. Thank-you Delphi!
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