CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6723 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.22.1800
  • Total Downloads:
    105,904,959
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 24, 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 41 votes

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    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 2
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4 stars

"Great, Easy, Effective!"

September 11, 2012  |  By llfomac

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Does exactly what it promises. Default settings are usually the right ones. I've now used this on my own computer (very intensive graphic design and live sound design setup) and on another system infected with much malware... CC still worked well.

Cons

Cons? They could bundle more registry handling tools... but that would be dangerous for novice users.

Summary

Use it!! But carefully, using defaults, unless you are adept at computer systems.

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5 stars

"One click and done!"

September 24, 2012  |  By ProcMel

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

After the initial setup, just one click and it takes care of everything. No more time wasting! I like how you can make it only visible by right clicking the recycle bin. I never realized how much stuff stays in the temp folder until I ran the program.

Cons

Compacting databases seem slow, but I don't think it's an issue with the software but more of the size of the db from my browser.

Summary

I recommend this software for easy clean up and simple browser privacy.

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5 stars

"Gets the job done."

September 24, 2012  |  By dmg375

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Does a great job of finding and eliminating all those little left over bits and cookies that can slow down the computer.

Cons

It delivers what it says it will do. One might wish that it would do more, but within the confines of benefits granted, it delivers.

Summary

It is a program that I trust to root around in my computer, especially with the registry.

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5 stars

"Great App!!"

September 23, 2012  |  By ZeroVoid

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Gets rid of a ton of temp internet files in a reasonable amount of time. I can still use the internet or whatever while it scans.

Cons

Needs more details and options on what to clean and what was cleaned. Should list exactly what was removed.

Summary

Great app for being freeware and I would recommend to other family members.

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4 stars

"Good product"

September 23, 2012  |  By ItIsILeClerc

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Nice stuff here

Cons

Not very helpful in what to delete

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5 stars

"Legendary product"

September 20, 2012  |  By Serene_eloquence

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

It is one of the must haves - the 'non pay' version is absolutely amazing, and they give you the option to pay if you want - if you don't you won't lose much - this makes people more happy to pay. It doesn't give you pop ups or weird messages about paying.

The functions it has are amazing, and it works extremely well overall. It has an intuitive layout making it easy to follow and use.

Well done on this product.

Cons

None as for the current moment.

Summary

It is one of those programs you install straight after formatting or getting a new computer.

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5 stars

"Great with registry"

September 20, 2012  |  By catherine_bbbb

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Great with registry

Cons

I dont know

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5 stars

"Using this program for a couple of years now"

September 19, 2012  |  By AVM1986

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

- Makes pc fast
- Cleaner and register cleaner are safe in my experience
- Backup function (just in case)

Cons

No cons in my opinion

Summary

I'm using this program for a couple of years now and it's one of the safest cleaners i have ever experienced.
I'm using standard settings because i don't know much about registry (only know some registry options), so don't want to mess things up.
Softpedia user reviews for CCleaner are not all positive feedback and i don't know why because it's a safe cleaner.
Only according to a lot of softpedia users, CCleaner is not safe.
Maybe they are messed up in the brain or they just used CCleaner in combination with other registry cleaners like advanced system care pro that probably just killed their OS.

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3 stars

"Mostly positive"

September 19, 2012  |  By kostapatsan

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Seems to do everything its asked to do.

Cons

The user interface has a whole bunch of options, but I'm not sure exactly what its going to do, which can be a worry.

Summary

Overall well worth downloading and using. I'd be willing to pay for an "upgraded" paid for version if the user interface was clear on what was about to happen and the consequences.

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5 stars

"Secure my hard disk"

September 18, 2012  |  By AbbyNanette

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Fast wiped all free space on my hard disk, keep my hard disk safe.

Cons

Its interface looks like a Windows XP app!

Summary

Highly recommend.

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5 stars

"Realy boost my Laptop"

September 18, 2012  |  By turkiwm

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.22.1800

Pros

Put the computer in great shape and performance

Cons

It takes long time when wiping off the free spaces on the hard disk

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.22.1800
Version 3.22.1800 added full support for Windows 8, improved Startup Item tool compatibility, fixed support for Windows 2000, and contains minor GUI improvements.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date August 24, 2012
Date Added August 24, 2012
Version 3.22.1800
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.3MB
File Name ccsetup508.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 105,904,959
Downloads Last Week 381,965
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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