CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6721 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.10.1525
  • Total Downloads:
    102,425,595
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 25, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.25MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    381,588
  • 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

    4.6

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star 30
    • 4 star 15
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6721 votes

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    • 4 star 1919
    • 3 star 253
    • 2 star 95
    • 1 star 233
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5 stars

"I recommend it."

September 26, 2011  |  By drives01

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

Does what is advertised.

Cons

No problems with it.

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5 stars

"The best free program on the net"

September 25, 2011  |  By martynuk

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

Easy Install
Quick Operation
Minimal resource use
Lots of features

Cons

Found none yet

Summary

A must program for my pc. Used it for ages now on all versions of windows and it works great.
Cleans unwanted files, removes rubbish from the registry and has an invaluable tool for enabling and disabling startup programs to speed up windows startup times
Wouldn't be without it!

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5 stars

"Easy to use and very effective!"

September 24, 2011  |  By sjkittle

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

Gives lots of options on what you choose to "clean"

Cons

I'd like to see a little more instructions on screen for some of the less common knowledge areas.

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5 stars

"Initial usages very satisfactory."

September 23, 2011  |  By batjac43

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

easy to use and install.

Cons

none noticed so far.

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4 stars

"An excellent cache cleaner for Windows"

September 22, 2011  |  By pmuthersbaugh

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

Fairly easy to use.

Cons

Has extra features that I have to NOT check to keep it simple

Summary

It's an excellent and reliable cache cleaner for Windows operating systems.

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4 stars

"excellent program"

September 20, 2011  |  By woodybassmanturner

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

It cleans better than the paid programs I've purchased in the past and offers better selections.

Cons

None that I can find.

Summary

I recommend this program to all my friends.

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5 stars

"Very easy to use and the results are superb."

September 19, 2011  |  By simham63

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

Ease of installation and use

Cons

Not experienced any

Summary

Super! Thanks to Piriform and the Developers

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5 stars

"good quick solution"

September 19, 2011  |  By cnetguy7

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

quick fix for removing history for several browsers together, form data etc.

Cons

unless you're computer savvy and know what you're doing please don't use the advanced check box.

Summary

time and privacy saver.

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4 stars

"good freeware"

September 19, 2011  |  By visualbuffs

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

all browser history can clean
simple interface (ease of use)

Cons

You'll need to download the installer when program update is available
no auto installation built
registry clean was not thorough!

Summary

one of my favorite must install program better if u add the following
windows update backups cleaner in the advance tab
cleaner for tracks of installed programs
add some tweaks like disabling the error reporting and log events etc.
advanced start-up item
thorough registry scan

i hope ccleaner 4 will be greater

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4 stars

"CC is excellent for what it does."

September 18, 2011  |  By Gr82use

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.10.1525

Pros

A very good basic clearing. Easy to use. Both Free & Pro are good. The additional features are very useful. The warnings within the options and settings are of great assistance.

Cons

CC does miss somethings in cleaning.

Summary

This is a must have in the arsenal of tools for devices and computers.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.10.1525
Version 3.10.1525 has added cleaning for MS Search, Cached Fonts, RegEditX and improved cleaning for Internet Download Accelerator.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date August 25, 2011
Date Added August 25, 2011
Version 3.10.1525
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.25MB
File Name ccsetup506.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 102,425,595
Downloads Last Week 381,588
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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