CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6700 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.03.1366
  • Total Downloads:
    92,090,196
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 25, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    494,066
  • 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

    4.4

    out of 117 votes

    • 5 star 63
    • 4 star 46
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6700 votes

    • 5 star 4211
    • 4 star 1917
    • 3 star 249
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 230
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4 stars

"excellent - does the job, does it well"

February 24, 2011  |  By plantermom

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

it works !!

Cons

none - there doesn't seem to be any

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4 stars

"This application does what it says it will do."

February 24, 2011  |  By Leftis7

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

It works well with my other programs

Cons

I have no cons at this point

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5 stars

"all i can say is WOW WOW"

February 23, 2011  |  By binmanlarry

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

i use it on another laptop and i was overwelmd just how good it made my laptop worked

Cons

there are none

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2 stars

"the program appears to do what it is meant to do"

February 23, 2011  |  By bearzee1999

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

program found 1,000's of error and I was able to install a program after the cleanup was done, that I was unable to install before the cleanup.

Cons

You indicate this is FREE but if you want the corrections made, you must purchase it. That is false advertising. It appears you must purchase it year after year after year. That will not work for me.

Summary

The program is good but not free and once you buy it, it is only yours for a year. Definitely not a free download it you want to utilize it.

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4 stars

"Times I have use CCleaner, it has performed well."

February 22, 2011  |  By Degforyou

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

Seems to do a good job cleaning my computer.

Cons

Have no cons

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5 stars

"A must-have utility !"

February 22, 2011  |  By TonyBeGoode

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

Easy to use cleaner with some really cool features. Cleans browser tracks, disk & registry as well. If that wasn't enough, how about being able to wipe only the free space on the disk. Very versatile.

Cons

None to speak of - it's fairly idiot-proof.

Summary

One of my 2 favorite cleaners (the other being Comodo), I have always gotten great results from CCleaner. I like to run 2 cleaners, the idea being that one may catch what the other one misses.( I think a lot of people do this) I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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2 stars

"Ranges from pointless to hazardous"

February 22, 2011  |  By Brachvogel

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

It's a small programme, and it's free.

Cons

It doesn't do anything useful that can't be done using Microsoft's 'Disk Cleanup', and some of the other functions are hazardous if you don't know what you're doing: I used the option to clean up the registry and then had to do a system restore.

Summary

Wouldn't bother.

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4 stars

"Great software"

February 22, 2011  |  By a3nhz

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

Very easy to use

Cons

---None---

Summary

A must have

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5 stars

"GOOD QUICK AND FREE"

February 22, 2011  |  By EXPLORER111

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

easy to use and quick

Cons

none to report

Summary

Good programme

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5 stars

"Straight forward, easy to set up and use, the best"

February 21, 2011  |  By rjfor

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.03.1366

Pros

Does just about everything needed in history erasing.

Cons

I have found no problems.

Summary

Straight forward, easy to set up and use, still the best.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.03.1366
Version 3.03.1366 adds K-Meleon browserand Rockmelt browser support.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date January 25, 2011
Date Added January 25, 2011
Version 3.03.1366
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000
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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