CCleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.20.1750
  • Total Downloads:
    92,466,049
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 02, 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

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    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 1
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    • 2 star 93
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5 stars

"CClearner is the REAL DEAL"

July 21, 2012  |  By brutledge11

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

I worked like a champ. I spent the morning searching and trying different software and CCleaner kick butt and took names. I ran the check and the fix and totally fixed my problem. Best free program I ever downloaded.

Cons

none so far

Summary

This program does everything it says it can do and does it well!!

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5 stars

"Great free cleaner."

July 18, 2012  |  By TheAl12345

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

I recommend downloading ccenhancer with this program to further increase cleaning process. This program cleans in depth for a free product. If you get ccenhancer with this, it will clean all usless files that most programs leave there to sit and take up space.

Cons

Perhaps an automatic registry backup for the registry cleaner incase of misremovals. Other then that nothing.

Summary

Recommended cleaner #1.

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5 stars

"Good Program"

July 18, 2012  |  By rascojet

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

CCleaner is an easy to use program. So light yet powerful.

Cons

I have been using the program for 3 years and it has been fun through the years.

Summary

Tired of Windows uninstaller or Registry Cleaner? Go CCleaner!!!

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5 stars

"Best in Class"

July 14, 2012  |  By cheetor67

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

Easy to navigate interface that combines not only a disk cleanup utility, but also a registry cleaner, start-up modifier, uninstaller, and free-space wiper all in one. This FREE product does everything you could want, and more, with no more than two or three clicks. Highly recommend and encourage everyone to use this product religiously - you don't even need to sign up for any crappy newsletters! Download and install the small package, and enjoy error free living.

Cons

Doesn't do my laundry - yet.

Summary

This easy software is the best you can get in this category. It beats out all over free and fee-based software.

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4 stars

"Be Careful"

July 12, 2012  |  By jsnoopy31t

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

Very good program but you need to be cautious when using it.

Cons

You need to be careful in using the program. Before making any moves be cautious as it can cause problems with some of your other programs. In fact, if you aren't careful, you can cause other programs to stop working or disappear altogether.

Summary

Good program but proceed with caution using it as it is a powerful program.

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4 stars

"fantastic,great"

July 11, 2012  |  By kasimodo

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

it really works, easy to start, very comprehensive

Cons

sorry no cons about it. can't think of any

Summary

You will regret it if you don't try it

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5 stars

"Great program."

July 11, 2012  |  By Doc121

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

An awful lot packed into a small punch...

Cons

No cons at all, works great... Problem Free Cleanup...

Summary

Highly recommend this download...

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5 stars

"CCleaner works"

July 11, 2012  |  By jnmns

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

Great product. Does the job and does it well.
Thanks to CCleaner for making this product available at no charge.

Cons

No Cons at all

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5 stars

"Best of the Lot!Don't miss out!A sure fire winner..."

July 11, 2012  |  By T_S_M

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

If you use just one tool this is it.Covers all the bases,from junk cleaner to registry analyser. Cookie cleaner too!

Cons

Uses a little time to set up properly,I have the expansion pack as well.

Summary

Get this Software! You won't go wrong...

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3 stars

"A little confusing for me."

July 09, 2012  |  By rickey_rudd

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.20.1750

Pros

Free
Easy to download.

Cons

It was a little confusing for me. I like Advance System Care better just because of ease of use.

Summary

I wouldn't tell people to not get it, but just know it may take a little more than a computer novice. Thank you CCleaner for helping this world keep our computers clean and healthy.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.20.1750

- Added Windows Explorer Context Menu management to Startup tool.

- Added Windows 8 Release Preview compatibility.

- Added Opera 12 support.

- Updated History cleaning for Aurora.

- Updated History cleaning for Chrome Canary.

- Improved UAC bypass code.

- Improved accuracy for uninstall items installation date and size.

- Improved Scheduled Tasks detection.

- Improved cleaning algorithm duplication detection.

- Improved file and setting removal when uninstalling.

- Minor bug fixes.

General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date July 02, 2012
Date Added July 02, 2012
Version 3.20.1750
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
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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