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BleachBit

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So many software suites claim to delete unneeded files from your system that it's a wonder anyone has any junk in their trunks at all, if by "trunks" we mean those stubborn caches of files and folders that many of your programs and applications store in the out-of-the-way places of your hard disk and Windows installation. BleachBit is a free cache cleaner that's designed to find, identify, preview, and delete unnecessary cached and saved files in your browsers and e-mail clients; programs like Java and Adobe Flash and Reader; communication tools like Skype, chat tools, and media players; and Google Earth, OpenOffice, and other miscellaneous apps, not to mention various system files.

BleachBit's interface is efficient and cleanly configured; aside from File, Edit, and Help menus, there's just a pair of icons marked Preview and Delete above a left-hand tree view of all our system's accessible caches, each with a check box, and a main window that displays and previews files in a registry-like view. It identified and listed caches, logs, form histories, passwords, cookies, and other selections for Adobe Reader, Flash, Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, and other programs. BleachBit also offered selections for Deep Scan and System, though the program advised that these processes are slow and that the System cleaner was experimental; we chose not to run these. However, there's an entry for Windows Explorer that has some useful entries, including recently used items, thumbnails, and search history. We selected nearly everything else but our Firefox files (HINT: Don't check Passwords if you don't want them deleted) and clicked Preview. BleachBit displayed a fast-scrolling log of selected files. Seeing nothing critical, we clicked Delete, and BleachBit deleted 3,333 files in about a second, displaying a log on completion. The File menu offered options to Shred Files, Shred Folders, Wipe Free Space, or Shred Settings and Quit, which closed the program while eliminating our session data. The Preferences were fairly typical, except for a "Whitelist" that lets you specify file and folder paths that BleachBit will bypass.

BleachBit quickly and thoroughly purged files from our system that other cleaners had recently missed. It's quite easy to select which files to delete and which to avoid, and the previews help ensure that you're not deleting the wrong things.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fills a big gap on Windows"

    January 13, 2014  |   By yooperinchicago

    Version: BleachBit 0.9.5

    Pros

    Very thorough

    Cons

    Some people won't like it because it's not a browser extension.

    Summary

    I'm a heavy user of Windows 7, Firefox and Chrome. After lots of experimenting, the ideal combination for me is Bleachbit and a cookie manager with "self-destruct" capabilities and white lists, e.g. vanilla cookie manager for chrome. I'm also very pleasantly surprised that although tons of files are now constantly being cleaned/deleted from my laptop, I hardly notice any change, e.g. in my browser experience.

    Also read VulpeX's review which is spot on.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Open Source at it's Best"

    March 25, 2013  |   By VulpeX

    Version: BleachBit 0.9.5

    Pros

    + does what it says in a clean and mighty way
    + get's rid of files that some software constantly forgets to delete
    + even finds data that other cleaners do not care about
    + excellent online documentation and help files
    + needs some minutes of attention to use it properly

    Cons

    - needs some minutes of attention to use it properly
    - (mighty) options that can wreak havoc among comfort features
    - no fancy advertising for this (GNU-licence doesn't permit to sell the product)

    Summary

    Don't touch this if your looking for your first cleaning (aka optimizer) tool. It's looking dull, you get close to no additional information about the options and for the many things to choose from there is close to no explanation.

    There are plenty of Optimizer and Cleaning tools that promise to do a better job. Some even do and personally I was fine with the CCleaner for years and still recommend it.

    Then on the other hand I wanted a free forever solution. And yes - this piece of Open Source is mightier then other tools I tried so far. Not only that a huge number of programs is covered. Professional features like cmd-line operation are there as well. Not to mention the good documentation I always miss with commercial products.

    Updated on Mar 25, 2013

    By the way: on my 7-64 laptop it's running like a charm and does not need considerably more time then CCleaner did.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best cleaner out there!"

    December 23, 2011  |   By 00Teddie

    Version: BleachBit 0.9.1

    Pros

    Fast
    Cleans lots of programs
    Takes off an unbelievable amount of stuff

    Cons

    Wipe Free Disk Space option is very slow
    A little bit of a learning curve to use

    Summary

    Very good program. Does what is advertises and nothing more, nothing less. Quick and efficient, keeps my computer slick and shiny!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good program but works slowly"

    April 25, 2011  |   By Rick_W50

    Version: BleachBit 0.8.7

    Pros

    Good program but works slowly

    Cons

    Good program but works slowly

    Summary

    Good program but works slowly.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Scoops out the nitty-gritty"

    July 12, 2010  |   By plg6

    Version: BleachBit 0.8.0

    Pros

    Very thorough in finding and getting rid of the crud that builds up on a system. Cache files, temp files, managing SQL Lite safe browsing blooms - gets it all.

    Cons

    none really.

    Summary

    A nice freeware product that scans deep to clean out all the crud that a system accumulates over time. More files to maintain, slower system. Also for Firefox and Chrome that use the SQL LIte safe browsing bloom databases, this software will "vacuum" them to keep them operating at peak efficiency and recover disk space. Running it on a month old Windows 7 system freed up over 640 MB and another 146 MB in the virtual XP partition. On a multi-gig hard disk, not a lot, obviously, but I consider and recommend this as a good maintenance tool to add to your utility collection.

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