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CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6727 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.00.1310
  • Total Downloads:
    108,009,807
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 03, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.36MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    400,789
  • 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 164 votes

    • 5 star 109
    • 4 star 46
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6727 votes

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    • 4 star 1921
    • 3 star 254
    • 2 star 95
    • 1 star 233
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4 stars

"Good software"

November 13, 2010  |  By Cng-Williamson

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

Very user frendly, the user interface works well

Cons

I have not always been able to uninstall software that's no longer required.(HP photo express).

Summary

It would also be useful if more info was given regarding software to help decide if it should be uninstalled - what programs dose it control

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5 stars

"great cleaner"

November 28, 2011  |  By marysneatdesk

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

fast, easy, startup list, registry cleaner, disk cleaner, uninstaller, alerts for updates

Cons

no option to run on a weekly schedule

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5 stars

"Excellent cleaner."

December 01, 2010  |  By Frans M. Hartanto

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

Efficient and Fast.

Cons

No significant shortcomings.

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5 stars

"Quiet reliable"

November 29, 2010  |  By Lenti07

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

cleans safely without removing important software portions

Cons

One has to run it a couple of times to get to all issues.

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4 stars

"Useful Tool To Speed Up Your PC and Free Diskspace"

November 29, 2010  |  By leo_bfg

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

Speeds up your PC fairly noticeably.
Frees up diskspace.
Securely wipes the free space on your hard drives and website/document tracking.
Not slow and doesn't take up much memory.

Cons

Be CAREFUL which settings you choose in EVERY section before you run the Cleaner for the FIRST time. It deletes everything by default which I don't recommend for everyone. For example, I like my web browsers to remember tabs and certain cookies.

Summary

Very useful software that contains many useful tools. Just be careful with the settings on the first run of Cleaner - if you're not sure, unticked it.

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4 stars

"Immediate clear-out of unwanted files etc"

November 24, 2010  |  By skyflash506

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

fast and accurate

Cons

Need to beware which items you wish to remove permanently

Summary

Before you set the program to make the first analysis, you need to make sure which of hte various elements you want it to remove later. After the analysis you cannot uncheck any items you would prefer to keep undeleted - unles you cancel the whole analysis and begin again

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5 stars

"I love this program."

November 24, 2010  |  By anniewadd

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

It always seem to add speed to my old computer system. Toward the end of its use, speed was greatly appreciated,too!

Cons

None that I can think of

Summary

I have been using this program for quite a while. This was one of the first downloads to a new computer when I upgraded to a new system. It always seemed to add speed to my old computer system. Toward the end of its use, speed was greatly appreciated, too!

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5 stars

"The Best Cleaner of ALL TIME"

November 23, 2010  |  By theunicorneffect

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

It has saved my computer from malware destruction at least 25+ times over the past 4 years. It's a DIY program and will never let you down. It's a MUST HAVE for avid web surfers. A+++

Cons

The common 'complaint' is that it deletes "good" cookies. No cookies are good, really. They all leave a trail of breadcrumbs for malware to pick up your passwords. Don't listen to the haters, it's all PRO.

Summary

It's golden. It's the best cleaner out there. Even if you are a user that never chooses "custom install" and tend to just use "reccommended settings," it will still rock your computer's world. You will be astonished at how easy it is to use once you just READ what files you're deleting. I've only seen negative remarks from inexperienced users. Don't mess with a great product's reputation because you didn't actually check and see what it's purging from your computer. It's getting rid of all of the junk that you get if you choose "reccomended settings" that's where a lot of memory gets used up. Wasted on tools and updaters that you don't use. This program seeks out and destroys whatever you tell it to, it make's a great companion with malwarebyte It's the easiest fix to some of the most annoying problems. I STRONGLY RECCOMEND IT TO EVERYONE.

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4 stars

"Pretty easy to set up and use."

November 23, 2010  |  By sneuhierl

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

As an intermediate computer user, this application is mostly within my comfort using zone. CCleaner fixed all of my registry errors. I have suggested it to others.

Cons

No problems, at this time.

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5 stars

"Perfect Free Cleaner"

November 23, 2010  |  By xj0518

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

Free, fast and very easy to use
Small, never cause any trouble to your PC

Cons

None so far

Summary

Like it very much. Really help me a lot

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5 stars

"The BEST! there is."

November 21, 2010  |  By CZDynes

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.00.1310

Pros

.Easy to use
.Nicely designed and simple UI
.Extremely efficient
.Cleans deep in to the system to get EVERYTHING!
.Very detailed and has many options

Cons

Nothing at all

Summary

There is nothing to say about it except It's the best on the market... and It's free.

Piriform is a great company for making such useful and amazing programs for the entire world to use.

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General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date November 03, 2010
Date Added November 03, 2010
Version 3.00.1310
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.36MB
File Name ccsetup509.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 108,009,807
Downloads Last Week 400,789
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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