CCleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.02.1343
  • Total Downloads:
    92,403,312
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 23, 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 172 votes

    • 5 star 105
    • 4 star 61
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
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    out of 6694 votes

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    • 2 star 93
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5 stars

"Great Program w/ Great Support"

January 26, 2011  |  By BBSplash

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

It does what it's meant to do. and does it Great. Little learning curve. Continual updates from the developers and has worked GREAT for me for 10+mos now.

Cons

Most little peeves are corrected in the updates that are always forthcomming. Didn't mind donating to a good program.

Summary

Just a great, well thought-out, and functional program that works !!!!!

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5 stars

"It does its job which is cleaning out trash files."

January 26, 2011  |  By raw45014

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

Simple to use but does a comprehensive job.

Cons

Well you do have to remember to use it.

Summary

Today there has been a discussion on a retiree newsgroup about programs to maintain a computer. Nearly everyone used CCleaner and spoke highly of it. No other utility was mentioned so unanimously.

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4 stars

"Make sure you know what you're cleaning out"

January 26, 2011  |  By fredwbrown

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

Lots of options gives a variety of ways to clean up your hard drive and improve its response time.

Cons

Multitude of options gives you lots of rope with which to hang yourself if you're not careful. For example, if there are cookies that you rely on, be sure to protect them before cleaning.

Summary

It's kind of like acid. Does a great job of eating a hole in things if that is what you want. You just have to handle it very carefully.

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4 stars

"works great!"

January 26, 2011  |  By JudeBodel311

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

Ccleaner is easy to use and the best part is its free

Cons

I havent found anything bad about it yet

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4 stars

"Excellent product"

January 26, 2011  |  By christyj64

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

Ease of use.

Cons

Nothing major.

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5 stars

"The Best Freeware I ever downloaded"

January 25, 2011  |  By minicl55

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

Registry Cleaner
Firewall
Anit-virus
weekly updates
Free
Does a good job
All for free

Cons

none that I could find

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3 stars

"Decent Freeware"

January 25, 2011  |  By Fantasticdude077

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

No pros...

Cons

I used CCleaner and it said that it would free up some of my space on my laptop, but it really didn't. I really would like to free up some space.

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4 stars

"It's great. I jsut never put five-stars for a reason."

January 25, 2011  |  By Impoxdragon

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

It's quick and easy to use. Excellent for savvy and non-savvy users of the interwebs and just home use.

Cons

None found.

Summary

It's great to delete files permanently (though with the exception of the "System Restore Funtion" on a computer).

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5 stars

"Great utility Program"

January 25, 2011  |  By Rampage434

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

It does everything its supposed to and then some and they keep adding little goodies to it, just works its a keeper.

Cons

None on my PC.

Summary

I've had it on this PC since it was built, in the middle of upgrading {Mobo,CPU & PSU} still working like a champ.

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5 stars

"Extremely useful"

January 25, 2011  |  By danasunshine

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.02.1343

Pros

Simple but extremely useful little program.Works fast and cleans up my pc efficiently.And the best thing about it is that it's free.What more do I need to say?

Cons

No cons for me, best one I have

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.02.1343
Version 3.02.1343 adds import and export Cookie to Keep list and cleaning for CloneCD, Ashampoo Burning Studio 10 and ExamDiff.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date December 23, 2010
Date Added December 23, 2010
Version 3.02.1343
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
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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