CCleaner

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Stellar program - AS ALWAYS!"

    July 11, 2012  |   By dugzer

    Pros

    Simple to use
    Easy to understand interface
    Fast, efficient cleaning of general crap
    Ability to save cookies for your favorite or frequently visited sites
    Works on the Mac just like the Windows version on the PC

    Cons

    Listening to bad reviews on this great "freebie app" written by people who should not own a computer or at least never do any maintenance themselves

    Summary

    I've used the Windows version of CCleaner ever since I found and learned about it on Download.com many years, operating systems and computers ago. The savvy user will always read the basics at least and learn how the program functions to know what it will do for you. This program is one of the "must haves" in your toolbox for keeping your computer in top shape and like-new performance. I add this app to ever computer I have worked on for family and friends because it works that good and is pretty much idiot proof (with the exception of one reviewer so far).
    The Mac version loaded easily in my wife's iMac (3 yr old). Her iMac was experiencing some sluggish performance and odd behaviors but still worked OK - just not as quick as it use to be. Mind you - I don't use her Apple computer (or this would have been tinkered with months/years ago) and it was a wise investment to stop her from dealing with the varied issues Windows PCs seem to always have. Macs just simply work without all the cryptic messages you encounter on a Windows machine (at least prior to Windows 7 - but that's another review).
    Anyway, the CCleaner for the Mac did the quick analysis (less than 30 seconds) and came back with a whopping 1.7 Gigabytes of junk it could clean up from using the original settings of the app. Most users would not need to set it to do anything more. The speed increase was immediate and incredible! This application should be used regularly and especially anytime you experience a glitch, strange or unusual activity.
    I did not lose anything that was not safe to be deleted - remember that I am using the basic settings that the application initially comes with. The only addition I included was to identify the cookies of websites I wanted to keep.
    This is a great program from the folks at Piriform who have provided the end user with a freebie app that does a superb job. Both thumbs up!

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