CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6694 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.17.1689
  • Total Downloads:
    92,466,049
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 27, 2012
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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The freeware CCleaner hasn't seen many major revisions since Piriform launched it in 2004, so when you do see a major update, you can be assured that it's going to come with impressive new tools. CCleaner 3 doesn't disappoint on that front, introducing two major new features that make it worth the upgrade.

One is a drive wiping tool that can wipe all the data from your hard drive, but can also scrub only the available free space. As with many of the tools in CCleaner, it's fairly nuanced and allows for a simple one-pass overwrite, a Department of Defense-level three-pass option, a National Security Administration-level seven-pass cleaning, and a 35-pass Gutmann-level deep scrub. The more passes you select, the slower the deletion process.

Another key improvement to CCleaner 3 has been adding more options to pre-existing features. You can now select specific Internet cookies to keep, across all your browsers, while CCleaner deletes the rest in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. The benefit of this is to keep cookies for specific sites that you know to be safe, such as webmail, while getting rid of the rest that you don't want tracking you. Note that your browser must be closed for the cookie-deleting feature to work.

Other changes in version 3 include improvements to the internal scanning tech that powers CCleaner, and the interface received some minor tweaks to make icons more visible. If you're familiar with previous versions of the program, though, you'll be hard-pressed to find any differences between older CCleaners and the new one. Additional minor changes include a new native installer for 64-bit computers, and environment variables have been added for %SystemDirectory%, %SystemDirectory32%, and %SystemDirectory64%.

Version 3 supports more Windows programs than before, including added support for Microsoft Silverlight Isolated Storage, AVG 2011, Audacity, LogMeIn Hamachi, BitTorrent, and Windows Game Explorer. Pre-existing support has been improved for Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 beta, and the torrent managing client Vuze.

For users who are new to the program, in addition to browser tracks cleaning it will clean tracks from other programs, empty your recycle bin, delete temporary files, and clean your Registry, quickly scanning for invalid entries before removing them. CCleaner will also back up your Registry before you hit delete, in case it accidentally removes a crucial component. There's also a basic, somewhat rudimentary uninstaller for removing any program on your machine. What Registry entries it doesn't catch, the main Registry checker will, but it's a two-step process that dedicated uninstallers handle nicely on their own.

In empirical testing, CCleaner 3 appeared to be marginally faster than previous versions. This is probably system dependent, so users with older computers could likely see significantly faster scan and cleaning times than in previous versions.

Problems with CCleaner are minor at best, and it remains a highly-recommended, must-have weapon against system slowdowns, tracking cookies, and the multitudinous debris that can clutter your computer.

 
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  • Current Version

    4.7

    out of 49 votes

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    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 2
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4 stars

"works fine for a nugget like me"

April 25, 2012  |  By gcat2259

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

easy download...easy run

Cons

do not know of any

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5 stars

"Another great quick little utility."

April 24, 2012  |  By The_Vanguardian

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

Did a pretty extensive job of cleaning up the registry. And it was smart enough to make a copy of the registry before it got started.

Cons

Nothing I could find.

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4 stars

"Easy to download and set up."

April 24, 2012  |  By bomberbomber55

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

East download and set up.

Cons

slowed my system down a little.

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5 stars

"this is one extremely useful product, well thought out"

April 24, 2012  |  By jurgenvon

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

it takes all the crap out of your computer in a very detailed form, it is very sophisticated. I've been using it very happily for three years.

Cons

I could not find any.

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4 stars

"handy in reach"

April 23, 2012  |  By sajidrubeena

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

C Net has provided it free

Cons

Let us to find updates in your sites

Summary

This software is very handy to clean our machine.

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4 stars

"Easy to use!!"

April 22, 2012  |  By poppersarm

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

Easy setup.

Cons

I have no cons to list.

Summary

Try it you'll like it!

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5 stars

"Great product. Used it on previous PC's"

April 21, 2012  |  By NZRobb

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

When the pc gets slow this will clear the extraneous rubbish. Better still, before the rubbish piles up it keeps things clean.

Cons

Nil of note.

Summary

A great product.

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5 stars

"Great Product. No Problems! Use it on a regular basis."

April 20, 2012  |  By Whoison1st

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

It is more a thorough cleaner that either Windows XP Disk Clean-Up or deleting your Browser's history. And do NOT overlook the Uninstall Hotfix option which deletes the uninstall programs for Microsoft Windows Updates ... after you make sure the Security updates are working and don't have to be backed out (rare these days).

The Registry cleaner is supposedly "light" so it gets rid of obvious junk without jeopardizing the operation of your PC.

Cons

Always Uncheck appropriate boxes to avoid installing any unwanted software.

The Registry cleaner leaves some junk behind ... and even though I save the changes I am not sure with what to do with them if I ever had a problem.

Summary

SUMMARY
1) Clean up your Hard Disk Drive C: (especially remove old and/or unused programs) including TRIAL software.
2) Consider more storage capacity (external HDD & DVD-RW); and make back-ups on a regular basis.
3) Update Windows with critical security fixes monthly and protect your PC against malicious software and hackers.
4) Then after all of the clean up is done, defragment your HDD - perhaps with Auslogics....
5) Finally, install more RAM (memory)to improve your PCs performance.

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5 stars

"One of the best."

April 19, 2012  |  By papa5100

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

Everything it wants to accomplish,is accomplished.

Cons

I personally have not encountered any drawbacks in my use of CC.

Summary

Even though I have multi-tasking programs, and single task units, I still want CC on my desktop because I know it will find the 'c**p' if needed; others are setup so to be cautious and at times appear too timid to list certain products but CC doesn't mind, they list it all.

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5 stars

"I have used this software for years"

April 18, 2012  |  By Dowsermac101

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.17.1689

Pros

Fast, easy to use and very effective

Cons

None if you take the time to consider each option

Summary

Great system cleanup software. Many thank for providing it as Freeware.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.17.1689
Version 3.17.1689 added wildcard support for Cookie cleaning and improved Google Chrome Saved Form Information cleaning.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date March 27, 2012
Date Added March 27, 2012
Version 3.17.1689
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.07MB
File Name ccsetup501.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 92,466,049
Downloads Last Week 447,445
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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