CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6700 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.04.4197
  • Total Downloads:
    92,090,196
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 25, 2013
  • 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

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5 stars

"Great Product"

August 25, 2013  |  By pprgl

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

I had this installed on my computer and updated to the later version. It is very easy to use and does the job well.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

CC Cleaner really works!

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5 stars

"I mistakenly entered at some time in the past."

August 22, 2013  |  By stevenmetcalfe843

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

It reallty cleans up my computer of all those old usernames, etc.,

Cons

I use it to clean my registry. Over several years, it has never failed to perform perfectly

Summary

I use it to clean my registry. Over several years, it has never failed to perform perfectly

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5 stars

"It's such a helpful history cleaner for my PC!"

August 18, 2013  |  By focke_lester

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

It's such a helpful history cleaner for my PC!

Cons

It's such a helpful history cleaner for my PC!

Summary

It's such a helpful history cleaner for my PC!

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4 stars

"Good software!"

August 16, 2013  |  By pauldaviss

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

Always use this software and it's really good

Cons

Scans much faster
One-click-cleaning

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5 stars

"IT WORKS JUST LIKE IT PROCLAIMS."

August 15, 2013  |  By cwheeler96

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

IT WORKS JUST LIKE IT PROCLAIMS.

Cons

IT WORKS JUST LIKE IT PROCLAIMS.

Summary

IT WORKS JUST LIKE IT PROCLAIMS.

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4 stars

"It's such a helpful history cleaner for my PC!"

August 14, 2013  |  By saral1230

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

It's easy to use this tool to clean browsing history in my PC, to prevent my personal info to be leaked out.

Cons

There's no cons. It's brilliant.

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5 stars

"Excellent Deep Cleaner"

August 13, 2013  |  By klem57

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

This program does a great job of cleaning up junk files, tracking cookies, etc. Quick and easy to install and use. Has many options, but mostly I just use it as a quick cleaner and I use it several times a day. Has the capability to securely and permanently overwrite. If you use the single pass it takes just seconds. If you use one of the more secure multi-pass options it will obviously take a little longer. The registry cleaner/optimizer is OK, but I prefer using EFRC for my registry.

Cons

None. Works great.

Summary

Great at cleaning up junk files, tracking cookies, etc. and keeping your PC running smoothly.
I'm always willing to donate to a provider of free programs that actually perform as stated, so I donate $5.00 a year as appreciation for a top-notch program.
Combined with EFRC and ASC (Free or Pro) my computer is always in top performance.

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5 stars

"IT WORKS JUST LIKE IT PROCLAIMS."

August 11, 2013  |  By mcdaddydouble_d

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

It reallty cleans up my computer of all those old usernames, etc., I mistakenly entered at some time in the past.

Cons

It is for the best to write down all of those passwords and usernames before you use it. You might encounter problems if not.

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4 stars

"Great cleaner"

August 10, 2013  |  By THCarl

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

Does a great job, especially with the registry. Covers many items , so take a good look at all areas it will clean to avoid losing some things you might like to keep

Cons

Might offer new users a brief warning as to the consequences of deleting browser history, etc.

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5 stars

"Nothing more to say - all Pros and no Cons."

August 07, 2013  |  By hollis_upton

 |  Version: CCleaner 4.04.4197

Pros

I'm not overly concerned with saving space on disk by cleaning up (which it does) but just like keeping things tidy and deleting obsolete "left-over" bits in Registry etc. from other programs.

Cons

Cleans out cookies, temp files, and more.
Customizable, use it to clean any app.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.04.4197
Version 4.04.4197 added Windows 8.1 Preview support, Internet Explorer 11 cleaning, and Opera 15 cleaning.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date July 25, 2013
Date Added July 25, 2013
Version 4.04.4197
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.92MB
File Name ccsetup500.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 92,090,196
Downloads Last Week 494,066
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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