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CCleaner

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Nowadays, cookies, temporary files, and various other means of tracking your Web footprint are par for the course. Some of these trackers are useful, while others can be potentially intrusive. Thankfully, there are myriad freeware cleaners out there that help keep your system in check. CCleaner is one of the better ones for its ease of use and powerful cleaning capabilities.

CCleaner's simple and intuitive layout will appeal to users of all skill levels. Its four features -- Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options -- are prominently displayed on the left side of the window. We started with the Cleaner first, which breaks down your cleaning options into two tabs: Windows and Applications. The program works by first analyzing your system and then running the cleaner itself. By selecting the appropriate check boxes, we were able to clean our temporary Internet files, cookies, history, and cache in both Internet Explorer and Firefox at the same time, as well as empty our Recycle Bin and rid our computer of Windows log files. The Registry feature acts in the same fashion, letting you check off on the options you'd like to scan for issues. In less than 30 seconds, the program had scanned and displayed a long list of invalid entries that we could then opt to fix or leave alone by unchecking the boxes. In less time than it took to scan, the program fixed the issues we had selected. One note: We did have to run the Registry cleaner three times in a row before it came back with no issues found; each time it came back with fewer and fewer invalid entries. Using the Tools feature, we were able to manage our startup programs and successfully uninstall programs. We especially liked that CCleaner lets you manage your cookies so that you don't delete ones that are useful when browsing the Web. As with all Registry cleaners, we recommend that you proceed with caution before fixing or deleting any files. CCleaner does offer an online help feature, but for basic cleaning, you probably won't need it.

By default, the project opts you in for installing desktop and Start menu shortcuts, as well as adding run and open options in your Context menu. It also opts you in for installing Google Chrome and making it your default browser, so you'll have to uncheck the boxes to opt out. CCleaner installs and uninstalls without leaving any files or folders behind.

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    • 2 star: 92
    • 1 star: 220
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Be careful with Windows 8 and CCleaner"

    December 19, 2012  |   By AntivirusGeek

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    Nice and great cleaning
    Does an amazing job in cleaning your settings

    Cons

    Advance settings will mess up your Windows 8

    Summary

    When advance settings example Start Menu Shortcuts are selected, it cleans every file there even the ones required for personalization of Windows 8 including changing account picture.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "works, I guess"

    December 12, 2012  |   By mrambler956

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    gets rid of a lot

    Cons

    Be careful - shows two copies of each Firefox add-on (often showing one as an older version), but actually there's only one so if you delete the supposedly older version you'll find it gone entirely when you start FF.

    Summary

    Cleared out about 2GB of junk and 600 useless registry entries, so I guess it's more of a reflection of how deeply screwed up my computer is that it didn't make any performance difference. It still takes nearly 3 minutes to start up, and 20 seconds for Explorer to display a folder with 2500 files.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good tool, it works fine"

    December 11, 2012  |   By c350156378

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    just works fine, works fine with my computer

    Cons

    not cons so far

    Summary

    general a good tool, i like it

    Updated on Dec 11, 2012

    general a good tool, i like it, thanks for the developer

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Should be on every computer"

    December 11, 2012  |   By WitheringTranquility

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    Efficient, fast, noticeably better performance after scan

    Cons

    Can't check for bad clusters

    Summary

    A great, easy to use program that works faster and better than standard disk clean

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Still the best!"

    December 11, 2012  |   By 6gunpete

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    Was given the original link by a fellow forum member back in '90 something.
    Tried it on, and was NEVER sorry (well, a coupla times, but that was MY fault).
    Excellent product! The language and protocols are incredibly exact! AS LONG AS YOU'RE PAYING ATTENTION, YOU CAN DO NO WRONG!

    Cons

    PAY ATTENTION! As an old biker, I'll tell you this, "A**, gas, or grass NOBODY rides for free!"
    THAT said, if you're a tyro, (and I was when i first began), don't expect miracles just by pushing a "magic button." There aren't any! If you don't use your head, nobody can use it for you (except the government and their "magic propaganda ((whoops, I meant BS Machine)), so think your actions through FIRST!

    Summary

    Still the best, it may take a little while to run initially, but the rewards are well worth it. I had files from NEWS ARTICLES THAT i'D ONLY READ! News to me! But the "C*** Cleaner" as those of us who know and use it call it affectionately, is the right tool for the job.
    Just familiarize yourself with it before you use it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best in its class."

    December 9, 2012  |  

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    Easy to use and fast.

    Cons

    Not advertised on TV or radio where the scam competition does.

    Summary

    This program cleans everything you select and lets you deselect components you do not want to clean. Another Great feature this program does if wipe free space if you have the option selected. This is great since when one deletes files from windows, they are not really deleted, but rather simply removed from the file allocation tables, leaving the space free to be overwritten later.

    When this program wipes free space, it overwrites everything on the free space with zeros so it is no longer retrievable by an undelete program. Bear in mind that this function takes quite a bit of time so leave unchecked unless you intend to be idle. You will also get a low drive space warning from windows when this function is almost complete as it claims the free space as a file until its finished, then releases it. It is really hard to believe that a program this good has been released for free ( For individuals, not commercial). Overall A+++

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Greatest Cleaner!"

    December 7, 2012  |   By thegreatphil

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    Great software for cleaning your cache and trails. Quick and easy install. Fast and efficient cleaning.

    Cons

    None!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use and I am no expert."

    December 7, 2012  |   By georgejeans84

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    It has always taken care of my 'housekeeping' with never a problem

    Cons

    It has always taken care of my 'housekeeping' with never a problem

    Summary

    It has always taken care of my 'housekeeping' with never a problem

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best prograM

    Best cleaning program on the market"

    December 6, 2012  |   By phillger51

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    CCleaner is the easiest cleaner I've ever used. It is also the fastest. The instructions are simple and choosing what you want to clean and what you want left alone is very easy using the side bar.

    Cons

    I've not found anything that I dislike about this software. It's simply the best.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very easy to use and works well."

    December 6, 2012  |   By timhale7

    Version: CCleaner 3.25.1872

    Pros

    ease of use very straight forward.

    Cons

    when cleaning registry you have to rescan several times.

    Summary

    All and all a very good piece of software.

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