CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6695 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.18.1707
  • Total Downloads:
    90,854,377
  • Date Added:
    April 25, 2012
  • File Size:
    4.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    433,154
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

+

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.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+
  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 16
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6695 votes

    • 5 star 4210
    • 4 star 1916
    • 3 star 249
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 227
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 22

3 stars

"Good free program, but doesn't remove everything."

May 23, 2012  |  By jcfinscanes

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

Removes a good amount of junk. Drive Wiper is helpful as well. Easy to use. Fast.

Cons

Doesn't remove everything. Ran a scan with a registered product, still had 98 problems with my registry after running CCleaner just 15 minutes prior.

Summary

If you have the choice to get a free cleaner or to buy something, buying is always going to be the better option. Still, this program is good to be a free product.

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

5 stars

"A handy program for optimizing and cleaning your system"

May 23, 2012  |  By bluedragon14

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

+ Easily deletes files you don't have permission to access
+ Easy to control programs on startup, options on IE, etc.
+ Can easily remove up to 3GB of temp and cache on computers
+ Good regristry editor

Cons

- Startup customization not as good as using msconfig
- Default settings are set to start CCleaner on bootup

Summary

A must for anyone wanting to cleanup registry, free up disk space and optimize their computer's performance at startup.

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Made a noticeable speed difference!"

May 23, 2012  |  By Ice_Cream_Saturday

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

I can tell that my computer is definitely faster after running this! It is simple to understand and change the settings. I was worried that files might accidentally be deleted, but it's not a problem.

Cons

Took more than an hour to complete the wipe--longer than I was expecting, but not too bad. Overall, I was very satisfied.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"It seems to be very good program."

May 20, 2012  |  By trevorw1948

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

Don't know of any.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (1)

4 stars

"Long term user and recommend to others."

May 19, 2012  |  By kdnoel

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

Fast and effective.
Always updated and easy to install.

Cons

Better watch out on using the default settings.
Cookies in particular that allow auto login.

Summary

Nice job!
Keep up the good work!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (1)

5 stars

"Great Program"

May 19, 2012  |  By dnelsch

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

Easily finds problems and corrects them.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

Easy, safe program to use without fear of damage to system.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (1)

5 stars

"Best of its kind"

May 16, 2012  |  By xzipt1

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

Second to no one in its field.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (1)

5 stars

"Very good free"

May 15, 2012  |  By mboneva

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

The very best cleaner. Excellent.

Cons

No, work well

Summary

The best one

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (1)

5 stars

"Great utility!"

May 15, 2012  |  By vals4con

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

Easy to use and understand. Easily customized.

Cons

None. I like it as is.

Summary

I would recommend this to anyone wanting to keep their machine running smoothly.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

4 stars

"Simple and fast"

May 15, 2012  |  By teledyne577

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.18.1707

Pros

Easy and efficient

Cons

Confirmation needed on some cleaning too many times?

Summary

Must Have!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (1)

Results 1–10 of 22

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for CCleaner
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
What's new in version 3.18.1707
Version 3.18.1707 includes support for Google Chrome 20.0 beta, multi-select to detailed results view, and improved support for Internet Explorer 64-bit Add-ons.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date April 25, 2012
Date Added April 25, 2012
Version 3.18.1707
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.92MB
File Name ccsetup500.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 90,854,377
Downloads Last Week 433,154
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

Previous Versions:

Add to my list Report a problem
 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for CCleaner

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK