CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6692 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.04.1389
  • Total Downloads:
    89,043,211
  • Date Added:
    February 24, 2011
  • File Size:
    4.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    432,915
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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 114 votes

    • 5 star 67
    • 4 star 38
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6692 votes

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    • 4 star 1915
    • 3 star 249
    • 2 star 94
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4 stars

"Good product - easy to use"

March 24, 2011  |  By jasoncarrell

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

Good product - easy to use

Cons

None as of yet

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5 stars

"Effective and easy to use."

March 24, 2011  |  By Frans M. Hartanto

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

Very user friendly.

Cons

No faults up to now.

Summary

Good product, but keep on improving!

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5 stars

"CClearer 3.04/1389 is great"

March 24, 2011  |  By terri cunningham

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

I had tried this program, several years back. And for some reason I deleted the program. Well it's staying on my computer. It's a simple program, it's ICON is pleasing. I like all the tools with it.

Cons

The only that I would consider a con, would be the registry. It takes forever to complete. So, I just go to Computers> Local Disc (c:)> Properties>Tools>Error Checking>Check Now>Choose Box 1>and it will scan when computer started again,

Summary

I am very happy with this program. Since I've had my computer for 7 years, I think I've had some programs on my computer that I have removed. And then a few years later, I find this program again,. I have nothing to say but great praise for the application's owner. He's done a fine job putting this program out there on CNET, because I probably wouldn't have found it.

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4 stars

"does what it says"

March 23, 2011  |  By slade1369

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

it seems to work good. not disappointed

Cons

n/a no cons come to mind

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5 stars

"Excellent little cleaner-upper!"

March 22, 2011  |  By leopardstripes

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

It's fast, effective, and user-friendly.

Cons

There is no downside.

Summary

It's been great to use- I've had more expensive programs that were far less in quality.

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5 stars

"Easy and simple,"

March 22, 2011  |  By darktester

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

Simple and easy to use.

Cons

Simple and easy to use.

Summary

Simple and easy to use.

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5 stars

"One of few programs that run as advertised!"

March 22, 2011  |  By john_mcd

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

Easy to use and very reliable

Cons

Can easily remove needed items accidentally

Summary

Must have, but pay attention when using.

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5 stars

"Excellent, but scan 3 times, minimum"

March 20, 2011  |  By willemmeyer

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

Excellent program

Cons

But scan 3 times minimum

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1 stars

"I STILL HAVE NEARLY 400 REGISTRY ERRORS???"

March 19, 2011  |  By mannasage

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO FINISH THE JOB i HIRED YOU FOR?

Cons

THERE ARE no PROS!

Summary

Dissatisfaction personified.

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5 stars

"Effective, reliable and quick"

March 19, 2011  |  By philsyes

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.04.1389

Pros

Simple to use, works in an instant.

Cons

I've never found any!

Summary

I've been using CCleaner for years and if not the best, it's certainly in the running. Simple to use, very fast, and thorough. Works as well with Windows 7 as it did with XP. It notifies you when a new version is available, and the small size downloads in an instant. The ONLY thing it doesn't do is update itself.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.04.1389
Version 3.04.1389 improved Google Chrome detection and added support for Comodo Dragon.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date February 24, 2011
Date Added February 24, 2011
Version 3.04.1389
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.74MB
File Name ccsetup419.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 89,043,211
Downloads Last Week 432,915
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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