CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6696 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.21.1767
  • Total Downloads:
    90,032,002
  • Date Added:
    July 25, 2012
  • File Size:
    4.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    488,236
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

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    • 4 star 1916
    • 3 star 249
    • 2 star 94
    • 1 star 227
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4 stars

"Easy to install, easy to use, fast and effective"

August 24, 2012  |  By tomv2001

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

small download, clean interface, fast to do its job.

Cons

Mac version does not have 'check for update' button

Summary

Good way to keep your computer clean

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5 stars

"quick cleaning, and very effective registry cleaner"

August 23, 2012  |  By aschnabel7

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

quick cleaning, and very effective registry cleaner

Cons

quick cleaning, and very effective registry cleaner

Summary

quick cleaning, and very effective registry cleaner

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5 stars

"Cleans Everything as C Cleaner"

August 23, 2012  |  By abhi3110

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

Cleans all history files

Cons

sometimes changes registry

Summary

all in all 5 star software

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5 stars

"A great tool"

August 22, 2012  |  By elrio531

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

Easy to use.
Reliable.
Cleans registry.
Cleans startups.
Improves performance.

Cons

No cons, this is awesome software.

Summary

I've used CCleaner for about 6 months now on my desktop and laptop and it's proven to be a GREAT tool. I now carry it with me on my flash drive so I can have it with me on the go. A must tool.

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4 stars

"Works as advertised."

August 19, 2012  |  By deweybrowncoxnet

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

Free CCleaner performs as well as other programs you have to pay for.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

I would recommend CCleaner.

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5 stars

"Great product"

August 19, 2012  |  By Mark Mac

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

Very easy to use

Cons

None come to mind

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5 stars

"Best temp caches cleaner, decent registry cleaner"

August 16, 2012  |  By ex_elec_tech

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

This free program has been my mainstay for keeping all my temporary files directories unclogged and making my browsers and other applications work fast. And it does the job excellently.

One can tailor which directories it will deal with, and exclude cookies that one wants to keep, like those cookies that have site passwords.

The decent registry cleaner has an option to backup the registry before cleaning it, which I always have on as I've never trusted any registry cleaner to not delete something necessary. But CCleaner has never ever messed up in this regard.

Cons

The registry cleaner may not get absolutely everything, but I think it errs on the side of safety. Not entirely sure, but I don't think it has a registry compaction option.

Summary

On my XP, I use this program mostly for keeping my caches clear of all those leftover temporary files and for clearing usage tracks. It's the first thing I do when my browser gets slow, and I use it generally every week if not more. I couldn't get along without it.

Although its registry cleaner is useful and seems really safe, for that I myself use a couple other programs more than this one. But I would recommend its registry cleaner as a basic and fairly safe model for anyone who doesn't know much about what those items are that it's going to delete from one's registry.

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1 stars

"Just like the others"

August 16, 2012  |  By billoray

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

Removes 1000's of files

Cons

It doesn't matter, doesn't change the way the PC operates at all

Summary

Great, it fixes everything that ISN'T broken.

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4 stars

"awesome job in cleaning."

August 15, 2012  |  By geeter2

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

quick & efficent.Very please with the results...quicker downloading & logging onto sites.

Cons

none at this time

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4 stars

"Clean it Good!"

August 14, 2012  |  By MeowWws

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.21.1767

Pros

+Delete traces of your Pornographic Searches

+Ideal to combat privacy culprits such as the FBI, CIA, etc

Cons

- Tons and junks of updates, wondering will it ever stop?

- Constant red highlighted notification of your system health probes you to wonder, why bother cleaning it? Your my mother now eh?

Summary

If you are a indecent person, this application is just for you! Since I am a criminal, I used AVG Tune Up.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.21.1767
Version 3.21.1767 adds support for Windows Server 2012 and Opera plug-in cache cleaning.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date July 25, 2012
Date Added July 25, 2012
Version 3.21.1767
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.74MB
File Name ccsetup419.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 90,032,002
Downloads Last Week 488,236
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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