CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6698 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.05.1409
  • Total Downloads:
    92,466,049
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 04, 2011
  • 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

    4.5

    out of 68 votes

    • 5 star 40
    • 4 star 24
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
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    • 2 star 94
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4 stars

"Cleans system up in a short amount of time"

April 26, 2011  |  By harryjbrenner

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

Has a back up of it's work that it cleans

Cons

Have not experienced any yet

Summary

I use it to clean up all computers in the house that are used on line for educational purposes such as sites of higher education. Has done a great job and we have not had any problems since using the program.

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3 stars

"Not Good Enough"

April 25, 2011  |  By brianwood01

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

Very simple to use if your knowledge of computers is limited.

Cons

Easy to clean up Internet junk and clutter

Summary

quite good software, but you can try Advanced Systemcare:http://******/mz4Ky

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5 stars

"Great program."

April 25, 2011  |  By SlamX

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

Has many features for cleaning out junk. Does not take a long time to run. Used on a regular basis it will speed up your computer. Easy for novice users to use.

Cons

None that I can think of.

Summary

It is a very good free program for cleaning out junk and making your computer run faster and better.

I recommend this program to anyone.

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4 stars

"WENT BACK TO IT AFTER TRYING PAID CRAP-WARE"

April 25, 2011  |  By novizia

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

Fast, efficient, helps with uninstall and start programs.

Cons

I don't know of any, not an IT Wiz.

Summary

If you don't go crazy with deletions, it will work magnificently

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4 stars

"Good program"

April 25, 2011  |  By 9fox9

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

Works smoothly, though since my PC is already in good shape, I can't really tell any difference in performance after using it.

Cons

None that I'm aware of.

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5 stars

"A cracking application to keep your pc spick and span"

April 23, 2011  |  By ladyrose179

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

A quick to download and install application
Free.
And it really works.

Cons

No cons that I have come across

Summary

CCCleaner is a real must have for any keen pc owner. Run it and look at all the grot that is removed. I use before every time that I close down.

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4 stars

"great deal"

April 22, 2011  |  By benrau

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

Cleans a lot of gunk that you don't want on your computer. Price is great!

Cons

Have to be careful when you set this up to make sure it doesn't delete files you need to run certain software. Each time I have run it, it deletes files I need to start some of my applications.

Summary

Don't lose your CD keys for your programs. You may need it if you delete some register keys.

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5 stars

"good and fast"

April 22, 2011  |  By lvcabebe

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

love it!!!

Cons

does not totally clean the registry

Summary

been using it for years. for free you can't beat it.

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4 stars

"Find it ideal for my usage, will keep using & reccomend"

April 22, 2011  |  By denjose

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Not known if there are any

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5 stars

"extremely thorough disk cleaner"

April 22, 2011  |  By smokinjoe14

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.05.1409

Pros

easy to use. I can use windows disk cleanup, then "crap cleaner" and it will find 30 megabytes or more that windows missed

Cons

I honestly don't know of ANY cons with this software

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.05.1409
Version 3.05.1409 has improved Intelligent cookie keeping functionality.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date April 04, 2011
Date Added April 04, 2011
Version 3.05.1409
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.07MB
File Name ccsetup501.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 92,466,049
Downloads Last Week 447,445
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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