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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:

    4.5 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Using it for years"

    May 27, 2013  |   By FrancoV88

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    I use it regularly before using Windows Defragmenter. Cleans all registry and not just few files and offers paid version, very easy to use interface, free

    Cons

    None. I just love it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Failed to find Conduit Malware"

    May 21, 2013  |   By jimmy00

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    Free trial. Malwarebytes, Windows Defender could not find it either.

    Cons

    Not worth buying if it can't find Conduit Malware

    Summary

    If someone from CCleaner can give me a reason why the full paid version can find it then I'll buy it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Cleans up fast."

    May 19, 2013  |   By wjustus47

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    -good backups of changes - easy to understand and undo.

    Cons

    -nothing fancy, just does what it needs too.

    Summary

    -gives warnings for those folks unsure of what they're selecting for cleanup.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "has never hurt my registry."

    May 14, 2013  |   By alecpickering11

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    good and reliable software. nothing fancy, just does what it needs too.
    -good backups of changes - easy to understand and undo.
    -gives warnings for those folks unsure of what they're selecting for cleanup.

    Cons

    -has file finder, drive wiper
    -dns cache cleaner useful, as is wipe free space.

    Summary

    -comes in portable
    -can be used as uninstaller with registry check (like revo, but not as thorough).
    -32 or 64 bit

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product, simple and powerfull"

    May 13, 2013  |   By sql100

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    Resolves all privacy, temp files etc issues in no time. Looks simple yet it is very powerfull and smart tool.

    Cons

    No aware of any cons, it's practically perfect.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "solid software"

    May 10, 2013  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    -good and reliable software. nothing fancy, just does what it needs too.
    -has never hurt my registry.
    -good backups of changes - easy to understand and undo.
    -gives warnings for those folks unsure of what they're selecting for cleanup.
    -comes in portable
    -can be used as uninstaller with registry check (like revo, but not as thorough).
    -32 or 64 bit
    -has file finder, drive wiper
    -dns cache cleaner useful, as is wipe free space.

    -

    Cons

    -would like to see option to point it towards portable browsers etc
    -wipe free space takes time, so deselect it unless you need it.

    Summary

    -i like to run it after a credit card online purchase etc, to make sure no traces of my numbers are floating on my system.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Only software that fixed the problem"

    May 10, 2013  |   By dolorescnz

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    I was getting a message that my recycle bin was corrupt when trying to delete files. I tried several different programs but this is the only one that fixed the problem.

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Clean, clean, clean!"

    May 7, 2013  |   By swanjame

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    Updates easily and does a great job of scanning your system.

    Cons

    You have got to take the time to set up what it scans and what you want it to ignore. This is less of a con than a caution.

    Summary

    An indispensable tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I always rely on CCleaner - never caused me any probs."

    May 6, 2013  |   By rj-work

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    The main "Pros" going for this product is the HUGE number of positive user reviews it has received over the years. I can't remember it doing any real magic for me but I run it now and then and it always finds a lot of things to remove/clean up. I always let it clean up the lot (based on the above happy users, and I am confident the programmers know more about it than I do.) Even with the registry check I trust it and have never been sorry.

    Cons

    Not really a "Con" but I have been confused about CCEnhancer - presumably written by same people(?), but what extra does it do and why? I reckon if it's worthwhile it should just be built into the main CCleaner program??

    Summary

    Excellent, solid product. Seems to be genuinely useful and has never caused me any probs, even the registry cleaner.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Indispensable app for Windows"

    May 6, 2013  |   By TheyCallMeRed

    Version: CCleaner 4.01.4093

    Pros

    Really cleans all the cr*p off your machine. PC runs faster and smoother.

    Cons

    Doesn't really tell you what it is you're deleting... Haven't made a huge mistake, but could see it happening if I wasn't careful.

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