CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6694 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.00.1303
  • Total Downloads:
    92,403,312
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 28, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    447,445
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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The freeware CCleaner hasn't seen many major revisions since Piriform launched it in 2004, so when you do see a major update, you can be assured that it's going to come with impressive new tools. CCleaner 3 doesn't disappoint on that front, introducing two major new features that make it worth the upgrade.

One is a drive wiping tool that can wipe all the data from your hard drive, but can also scrub only the available free space. As with many of the tools in CCleaner, it's fairly nuanced and allows for a simple one-pass overwrite, a Department of Defense-level three-pass option, a National Security Administration-level seven-pass cleaning, and a 35-pass Gutmann-level deep scrub. The more passes you select, the slower the deletion process.

Another key improvement to CCleaner 3 has been adding more options to pre-existing features. You can now select specific Internet cookies to keep, across all your browsers, while CCleaner deletes the rest in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. The benefit of this is to keep cookies for specific sites that you know to be safe, such as webmail, while getting rid of the rest that you don't want tracking you. Note that your browser must be closed for the cookie-deleting feature to work.

Other changes in version 3 include improvements to the internal scanning tech that powers CCleaner, and the interface received some minor tweaks to make icons more visible. If you're familiar with previous versions of the program, though, you'll be hard-pressed to find any differences between older CCleaners and the new one. Additional minor changes include a new native installer for 64-bit computers, and environment variables have been added for %SystemDirectory%, %SystemDirectory32%, and %SystemDirectory64%.

Version 3 supports more Windows programs than before, including added support for Microsoft Silverlight Isolated Storage, AVG 2011, Audacity, LogMeIn Hamachi, BitTorrent, and Windows Game Explorer. Pre-existing support has been improved for Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 beta, and the torrent managing client Vuze.

For users who are new to the program, in addition to browser tracks cleaning it will clean tracks from other programs, empty your recycle bin, delete temporary files, and clean your Registry, quickly scanning for invalid entries before removing them. CCleaner will also back up your Registry before you hit delete, in case it accidentally removes a crucial component. There's also a basic, somewhat rudimentary uninstaller for removing any program on your machine. What Registry entries it doesn't catch, the main Registry checker will, but it's a two-step process that dedicated uninstallers handle nicely on their own.

In empirical testing, CCleaner 3 appeared to be marginally faster than previous versions. This is probably system dependent, so users with older computers could likely see significantly faster scan and cleaning times than in previous versions.

Problems with CCleaner are minor at best, and it remains a highly-recommended, must-have weapon against system slowdowns, tracking cookies, and the multitudinous debris that can clutter your computer.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 21 votes

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    • 4 star 5
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    • 2 star 1
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4 stars

"1st installed by computer repair specialist"

November 12, 2010  |  By michelede

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

I learned about this when our desktop was repaired. The repair specialist highly recommended c cleaner. I installed it from cnet on my laptop. I run it on both pc's every other day. So far so good.

Cons

I can't really think of a con. It takes longer the first time you run it, but if you use it frequently it takes very little time.

Summary

Viruses, spyware, worms etc. ruined our desktop and it had to have a reinstall of OS to work. I think our renewed scanning with c cleaner malwarebytes and antivirus has made a difference in the performance of our pc's.

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5 stars

"A great cleaning program."

November 07, 2010  |  By 12358error

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

A simple interface is inviting to an average user. That, plus already set recommendations makes using the program that much easier. Advanced options are also available to fine-tune the cleanup.

Cons

The inclusion of many advanced options may deter users. Some of these advanced options are not useful at all and may damage your computer. If you don't know what you are checking, don't check it! Newer machines may not see much improvement.

Summary

It can squeeze every drop of available space if you wanted it to. However, it is most helpful for older machines that can really feel the changes made. Though, running this program on newer machines is not a bad idea to keep the machine running longer. It is friendly to both inexperienced and experienced users. However, some of the advanced clean up options do not really do anything for the computer itself. In rare cases, it might actually hurt your computer.. Don't "experiment" with the options unless your have tons of machines and nothing to lose.

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5 stars

"Excellent product"

November 06, 2010  |  By Frans M. Hartanto

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

It do the job quickly and very effectively.

Cons

No shortcomings, just perfect.

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5 stars

"Very efficient at speeding up a slow computer, ."

November 03, 2010  |  By alanofwembley

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

Quick download and quick scour of my computer's innards though remember to untick any boxes to prevent saved passwords etc disappearing

Cons

Still looking for one!

Summary

Efficient, fast acting and easy to download and use

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4 stars

"Quick, clear and free but not perfect."

November 02, 2010  |  By nobirdie1

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

Junk cleaner quick and easy to use . Registry cleaner not so thorough. Tools section very handy.

Cons

After scanning registry, running cleaner and clearing faults. Exactly the same faults show up again at a later date. So the faults in the registry where not cleared as initially indicated.

Summary

Well worth having but registry scanner not cleaning up all the faults.

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5 stars

"Great Way to Clean House"

November 01, 2010  |  By omalyn

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

It cleaned out old files and bits and pieces of files left behind. My computer is pretty old and I could really see a difference in the speed afterward.

Cons

So far I haven't had any problems.

Summary

If anyone is trying to get a few more miles from an old machine, this will be worth the download.

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5 stars

"Don't stay home without it!"

November 01, 2010  |  By jastb

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

It's more than worth it, if for no other reason that the ease of savinghelpful cookies.. you know, so you don't have to keep signing in every time you read the paper, visit your bank or click on your music engine!

Cons

Haven't found one yet.

Summary

It is so easy to save benevolent cookies and find and uninstall programs with CCleaner, besides the ease of use in cleaning out temporary files and checking for and erasing registration errors with a less than 3 MB download, (that has never given me a single prolem) that I just can't imagine computing without it.

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5 stars

"Nice move Piriform!"

November 01, 2010  |  By ram0042

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

Now comes with native 64-bit, and runs pretty smooth as always. and the wipe free space is away from the Cleaner tab.

Cons

none, it really is a good product!

Summary

CCleaner has done a good job since the beginning and to see that improvements are made each month is great because it already is a great product. just imagine what Piriform thinks of adding on next?

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5 stars

"One of the few share ware programs I've ever paid for."

November 01, 2010  |  By bigbadbluesdaddy

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

This program cleans the cashes and crap off my machines, never had a problem it does its job well, they improve it frequently, it just works, cleans the registry well too...

Cons

I'd like to see it consolidate or delete multiple cache files that are not needed, but otherwise it works well and safely...

Summary

I sent them a donation because I have been consistantly impressed by how well the program works and how actively they update it. I only wish they had more software I needed, they do it well...

Updated on Nov 1, 2010

sorry folks, should have spell checked or proofed my post. Guess I'm more braindead than I thought.

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4 stars

"Does well what this program is designed to achieve"

October 31, 2010  |  By pirley

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1303

Pros

Simlpe to operate

Cons

can't think of any problem areas

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.00.1303
  • New CCleaner 64-bit native EXE.
  • New UI graphics and icons.
  • New internal scanning architecture.
  • New Drive Wiper tool screen under Tools section.
  • New Intelligent cookie keeping functionality.
  • Improved support for IE9.
  • Improved support for Google Chrome.
  • Improved HTML5 Database Storage cleaning.
  • Added support to clean Microsoft Silverlight Isolated Storage.
  • Added support for AVG AntiVirus 10.0, Audacity, LogMeIn Hamachi, BitTorrent and Windows Game Explorer.
  • Improved support for Vuze.
  • Added new environment variables: %SystemDirectory%, %SystemDirectory32% and %SystemDirectory64%.
  • Improved Registry backup to address problems when saving values.
  • Improved cleaning Windows Log Files for 64-bit OSs.
  • Many UI improvements and bug fixes.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date October 28, 2010
Date Added October 28, 2010
Version 3.00.1303
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7
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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