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CCleaner

CNET Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 6,605 votes

    • 5 star: 4133
    • 4 star: 1912
    • 3 star: 246
    • 2 star: 92
    • 1 star: 220
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 36
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Extremely useful and amazing"

    May 25, 2011  |   By acm100

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    Gets rid of files that just waste room and your hard drive and don't need. Speeds up your system, especially the first time when there are loads of waste files.

    Cons

    It can take a long time to scan if you have a lot of files but it's definitively worth it.

    Summary

    Try CCleaner if you haven't already!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I have not noticed a big difference so far, we will see"

    May 24, 2011  |   By ariel_6361

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    The program runs very fast. It does offer user selection in different areas of the program.

    Cons

    I am not very computer knowledgeable, so I was very cautious in using the program.

    Summary

    I personally felt better about takng some kind of action to clean up my p.c. I feel that this would be a good program for the novice as well as the well-seasoned user.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Handy program to keep your installation clean."

    May 23, 2011  |   By djmcc2

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    Reliable.
    Easy to customise to your needs.
    Free to use and update if you download from CNET.

    Cons

    Can damage the registry if you do not know what you are doing.

    Summary

    Cleans out trash files thereby freeing up disk space.
    Cleans registry in a seperate process and asks to backup in case you do something wrong.
    Shows you what it is about to do and asks for permission first.
    Can damage your registry if used wrongly; if you are confident at registry editing through regedit, then this will speed things up.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Was initially afraid to play with this program."

    May 22, 2011  |   By TomG123

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    It removed over 550MBs of old crap. My machine is over 9 years old.

    Cons

    So far, nothing has exploded or turned my system into an old door stop.

    Summary

    Can it be possible that it made my browser faster? Could this just be a coincidence?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely awesome"

    May 22, 2011  |   By llht

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    works thoroughly and yet doesn't take much time..

    Cons

    None that I have found yet.

    Summary

    It is a freebie, but this freebie is one great app

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, you won't believe how much it cleans."

    May 22, 2011  |   By Knightrider51us

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    Cleans temp files from multiple programs and applications, cleans better than just the temp files cleaner on Internet Explorer. Does a great job in cleaning the registry. You have a choice on what you want CCleaner to remove.

    Cons

    None that I've seen.

    Summary

    A great tool to use to clean your computer of temporary files. Fast and easy to use. The registry cleaner is the best I've seen and you can keep a backup copy of the registry just in case something doen't work after cleaning the registry. Most of all it's FREE!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "does what it says on the box"

    May 22, 2011  |   By robrichards58

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none...yet

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Slowed Windows 7 after running"

    May 21, 2011  |   By bcoverss

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    It cleaned what is said it would clean

    Cons

    Now my system is slower than before running. Caused the first Blue screen of death I've seen on Windows 7 when I tried to open my mail.

    Summary

    I've used CCleaner with great results in the past, but on Windows 7 it has caused problems and slowed my system down. Since it cleaned the restore points I cannot undo the damage it did. This was a brig let down, this once great program has turned to krap. CCrap!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Product works GREAT and is FREE"

    May 21, 2011  |   By TantricText

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    -completely FREE
    -Efficient
    -Easy to Use (yes there are a couple of options a Novice wouldn't understand but that is pretty much the case with any software !!!!!)
    -Uses up little disk space

    Cons

    NONE/Zero/NIL

    Summary

    Lovely little bit of kit :)

    P.S Anyone who says you have to pay for it are either spamming utter rubbish, have downloaded the wrong software or have downloaded a file form another site claiming to be CCleaner !!!!!

    This version right here is the real deal :)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent program."

    May 21, 2011  |   By allan0345

    Version: CCleaner 3.06.1433

    Pros

    Nice, claen front page. Easy to use. Able to clean out stuborn data when removing unwanted programs and files.

    Cons

    None I can find.

    Summary

    Best investment I have made in utilities.

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