CCleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.26.1888
  • Total Downloads:
    92,403,312
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 22, 2012
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 37 votes

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1 stars

"Not compatible with Windows 7 64 Bit or IE 10"

January 24, 2013  |  By Don&Don

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

None if you Have Windows 7 or IE 10

Cons

Wont remove tracks Internet Down load manager but it list it !
Locks up when cleaning Temporary Internet Files in these versions.

Didn't remove other listed software tracks that is says it will do !

Summary

I no longer use it and won't until they do an up date that fixes these problems.

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5 stars

"I use this and slimcleaner in tandem"

January 21, 2013  |  By weekslanny87

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

, it isn't quite as fast as slimcleaner but it does offer a few more options. I would recomend it

Cons

ccleaner works very well

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4 stars

"Easy to use"

January 17, 2013  |  By GALESO2

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

Removes many files

Cons

Set to remove some internet settings so some sites did not remember me.

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3 stars

"A decent cleaner for free."

January 16, 2013  |  By webcat1962

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

It has several other features besides registry cleaner, like start-up options, and i like its uninstaller, system restore and drive wiper. Not bad for a free utility.

Cons

Be cautious when using the drive wiper, because you can erase your important data. Not the easiest utility to use.

Summary

Overall I give it a 6 out of 10. There are better cleaners out there and easier to use but at a cost. Not bad for a free utility.

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4 stars

"Essential tool for Windows users"

January 16, 2013  |  By dgodbey

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

This software is necessary for the user that downloads software and then, after trying it out, removes it. Also good for completely erasing a hard drive which is necessary from time to time. Since Windows only marks a file deleted and doesn't erase it, this will take care of erasing your hard drive quickly and easily

Cons

Care must be taken in its use because it has the ability to destroy a hard drive if set wrong.

Summary

A good tool to have on hand for maintenance purposes but NOT for the timid or inexperienced. Read the manuel befor use!

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5 stars

"Very good!"

January 16, 2013  |  By moondog61

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

Works as advertised!

Cons

Could be a little quicker!

Summary

I use this and slimcleaner in tandem and ccleaner works very well, it isn't quite as fast as slimcleaner but it does offer a few more options. I would recomend it.

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5 stars

"It may just save you hours of time!"

January 16, 2013  |  By dallastyndall559

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

Very useful tool from liberating a Windows system from the tens of thousands of files that accumulate in various hidden temp areas.

Cons

A brilliant, light piece of software that will fix your computer in no time! another great, free product from the company.

Summary

Perfect for slow computers with no other solution! Give it a try!

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5 stars

"Cleans up junk files"

January 14, 2013  |  By seaneden47

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

-Cleans up junk files, logs your computer creates and much more!
-Cleans up the registry.
-Literally makes your computer feel like its just came out of the factory box!
-It's free

Cons

Literally makes your computer feel like its just came out of the factory box!

Summary

Literally makes your computer feel like its just came out of the factory box!

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4 stars

"Very effective at removing the cruft in Windows systems"

January 13, 2013  |  By bob-atkins

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

Simple to install and use.
Provides excellent granularity and control
Allows you to look first before taking action

Cons

I can't think of any.

Summary

Very useful tool from liberating a Windows system from the tens of thousands of files that accumulate in various hidden temp areas.

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5 stars

"Works as described"

January 12, 2013  |  By usapoolshark

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.26.1888

Pros

It does multiple tasks and exactly as described.

Cons

None that I am aware of

Summary

Enjoy this product

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.26.1888
Version 3.26.1888 has added cleaning for Office 2013 and updated unicode translations.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date December 21, 2012
Date Added December 22, 2012
Version 3.26.1888
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.07MB
File Name ccsetup501.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 92,403,312
Downloads Last Week 447,445
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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