CCleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.07.1457
  • Total Downloads:
    92,466,049
  • Date Added:
    May 30, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    447,445
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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

    4.3

    out of 91 votes

    • 5 star 45
    • 4 star 37
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 5
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    out of 6694 votes

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    • 2 star 93
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5 stars

"Great product. Couldn't beleive the trash on my comp."

June 27, 2011  |  By kmorse8011

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Even with existing registry and pc tools computer tools, there was so much unnessary garbage on my drive. Definetly sped up my computer.

Cons

There are no cons.

Summary

Download it and use it. You won't regret it.

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5 stars

"een heel goed product gebruikt het al jaren"

June 27, 2011  |  By pietervdmolen

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

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Cons

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5 stars

"Fast and effective"

June 27, 2011  |  By ericmstrom

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Runs quickly
Accurately finds problems

Cons

few cons that I know of

Summary

After trying a different registry cleaner which crashed my system, I was a bit nervous to try one again. CCleaner has pretty good reviews so I gave it a whirl. I wasn't dissapointed. It was very quick to find and repair problems and my comptuer is runing well.

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4 stars

"Great cleaning tool."

June 27, 2011  |  By FREMAC1

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Very easy to use, cleans very fast.

Cons

There are no cons.

Summary

I recommend this program to everyone.

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4 stars

"Very reliable cleaner of "cr%p""

June 26, 2011  |  By AlanCurtis36526

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Cleans up loose ends on damaged programs

Cons

None that I have found

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5 stars

"Good free cleaning tool"

June 25, 2011  |  By gkvogel

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Free, easy to use, has a easy program uninstaller, removes unwanted files & cleans registery. Doesn't do a deep clean but works well.

Cons

For free, and it does a good job & safe who can complain.

Summary

I would recommend it to anyone.

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4 stars

"Couldn't be easier"

June 25, 2011  |  By lesabre500

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Anyone can use this - it's that simple. Does a fast and efficient job as far as I can tell.

Cons

Can't think of any - especially at this price. FREE!

Summary

I've used this and another version for almost 2 years now and never had a problem. Getting software like this for free unbelievable !

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4 stars

"Excellen free software not trial ware"

June 25, 2011  |  By mcalleyboy

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Works great, not sure I noticed any difference from the other free software I use, but sometimes it's good to have more than one kind, they each have their benefits. Extremly fast download and it gets right to work.

Cons

Updates are completed by you and they are a little tricky.

Summary

Great free program with no strings attached, you get it free.

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1 stars

"AOL Spyware protection says it added adware on my PC"

June 24, 2011  |  By krylosY

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Seems easy to use, system booted after cleaning which is a good sign.

Cons

Flagged as loading a trojan on my PC

Summary

During the install my Spyware program started complaining. I blocked the "Unknown Trojan" that it identified and proceeded to run the ccleaner.
This is "supposed" to be tested by cnet. Don't know if it's a fals positive or what. but just be careful and use protection with this gal.

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4 stars

"cleaned out a bunch of leftover stuff."

June 23, 2011  |  By dpsaqb

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.07.1457

Pros

Did not seem to remove anything my system has needed.

Cons

none that I can think of.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.07.1457
Version 3.07.1457 added Flash Player SOL setting file cleaning and management.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date May 30, 2011
Date Added May 30, 2011
Version 3.07.1457
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows
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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