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CCleaner

CNET Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 6,607 votes

    • 5 star: 4135
    • 4 star: 1912
    • 3 star: 246
    • 2 star: 92
    • 1 star: 220
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very easy to use and works great!"

    April 24, 2013  |   By gaye1017

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    works quickly and effectively

    Cons

    No cons so far

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Always Worked"

    April 22, 2013  |   By ChewyNet1

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    -Never messed anything up
    -Effectively cleans registry and browser files
    -Noticeable effect on performance

    Cons

    -None
    -Still nothing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great tools!!!"

    April 22, 2013  |   By Mervic17

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    Effective way to clean junk files or old files on your system. stable and reliable. Can easily set up what processes to run at start up,uninstall programs you dont need and much more uses.

    Cons

    nothing that i know

    Summary

    been 4 yrs i have this app...always working soooo perfect for me...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Functional easy to use software keeps pc in good shape."

    April 21, 2013  |   By scholmc

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    Easy to use; quick; many posibilities in use; also to use by people with less computer experiances; keeps my computer in a better shape; updates choice to auto-update; you can chose the language you want to use ; many more.

    Cons

    If you want to change how CCleaner.exe works it is easy to severall choices by mouse-clicking on or off but for people who have less experiances this maid have unexpected concequenses

    Summary

    CCleaner is software I do use often, almost every time I start up mu computer I do use cleaner, control register integrity, sometimes it is easy to find what softwhare is installed and if nesserilly to un-install the softwhare, sometimes I use to clean-up my hard-disk from erased bits and bytes wich is still on the disk. My experiance with CCleaner is positive.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Awful, screwed up my display, it's like seeing double."

    April 17, 2013  |   By jtjritter

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind.

    Cons

    Got a love a "free" download who hits you up for paid up grade

    Summary

    I am extremely disappointed in this "free" software and also CNET for inabling this sham. Thanks loads CNET, I'll never download another of your garbage products.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great and Easy to use!"

    April 17, 2013  |   By normaled

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    Installed easily
    Ran without problems

    Cons

    There was nothing to say for a con

    Summary

    I recommend this ccleaner

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Can't know, Norton blocks install"

    April 16, 2013  |   By alfred108

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    Can't know, Norton blocks install

    Cons

    Can't know, Norton blocks install

    Summary

    " Severity: medium
    Download Insight detected launch of ccsetup324[1].exe
    Status: removed
    Reputation: Bad
    Stability: unknown

    more details:
    This program crash history is not known.
    Fewer than 5 users in the Norton Community have used this file.
    This file was released less than 1 week ago.
    There are many indications this file is untrustworthy. "


    Well, I don't know if I'm about to take a chance on it.
    It could be the lack of feedback on it being un-vetted
    Shame, though, looked like interesting possibility.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent, wouldnt be without it."

    April 14, 2013  |   By beyondallken

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    Have trusted and used this software for years without ever having a problem with it.

    Cons

    No cons at all.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Using this utility for a year highly, recommend it."

    April 11, 2013  |   By SnakeDoc6748

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    It is fast and easy to use and configure.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

    Summary

    This is a great utility to keep your PC operating at max performance.I run this utility three or four times a week to keep junk files, temp files and unwanted cache files at a minimum.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Never messes up your PC. Stable as Mount Everest"

    April 10, 2013  |   By zeb0

    Version: CCleaner 4.00.4064

    Pros

    - As Foolproof an effective cleaner can be.
    - Stable as Mount Everest.
    Never screws up your computer. I have run both the FileCleaner and RegistryCleaner(with setting as delivered) repeatedly on more than +20 PCs during the latest 10 years. I have run CCleaner on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 systems. CCleaner has NEVER EVER messed up my computer once during that time.

    Cons

    It is possible to find other PC-cleaners that may clean files and registry harder/better. I now and then have tried other registry cleaner programs, but I have found out that they more than often remove important program and system files screwing up the PC more, instead of improving it.
    You normally must be very careful and back up the registry cleaning files when you run any registry cleaner.

    Summary

    One of the first programs I install on any PC.
    If you want to keep web browsing history, web passwords and similar you must uncheck those boxes before cleaning your system.
    I trust the program so much that I normally do not even make backup files of the registry cleaner when I run Registry Cleaner.
    (Please let me know if you find a "PC-cleaner" that is as stable and more effective than this one. I'm curious to find out if cleaning can be even better and still hassle free. In the latest years I have given up trying other registry cleaners since they way too often needed much time and effort to work properly).

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