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CCleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6727 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.11.1550
  • Total Downloads:
    108,009,807
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 04, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.36MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    400,789
  • 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 54 votes

    • 5 star 38
    • 4 star 12
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6727 votes

    • 5 star 4224
    • 4 star 1921
    • 3 star 254
    • 2 star 95
    • 1 star 233
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3 stars

"good program"

October 05, 2011  |  By DWARNER497

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

good program

Cons

good program

Summary

good program

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5 stars

"fast elective"

October 25, 2011  |  By jjpwinger

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

free and not loaded with junk not intrusive

Cons

some times need to run 2-3 times

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5 stars

"superb software.....must be used..."

October 23, 2011  |  By jainema

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

cleans every waste...is very much required to be used daily ....quite user friendly....

Cons

none....i didn't find any

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4 stars

"Another tool to safeguard my system"

October 22, 2011  |  By annie51ks

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

For technically challenged users the "recommended" settings are very helpful.

Cons

Don't know of any.

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5 stars

"Excellent Multifunction Tool"

October 22, 2011  |  By jwildhair-2009

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

Aside from basic Windows, applications & registry cleaners, there is a very handy Startup customizer that's more easily accessible than Win+r>msconfig...& reboot. Plus there's a handy System Restore tool & Drive Wiper.

Cons

The Uninstaller isn't a powerful as Revo, but it's faster than the one accessed through the Control Panel in Windows XP. But to be fair, in 2 years, I've never tried the 'remove programs' built into Win7.

Summary

I use this so often & for so many different things, it's hard to consider life without it.

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5 stars

"The Best software"

October 21, 2011  |  By awaes786

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

its Free!!

Cons

Nothing found yet!!

Summary

Highly-Recommended

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5 stars

"Apple-so-lut-ly effective cleanup for your computer"

October 21, 2011  |  By bham4ever

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

quickly clears unnecessary files and and gets you running faster

Cons

really isn't anything wrong with this program

Summary

Two thumbs up

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4 stars

"Very happy with the results"

October 21, 2011  |  By keithkelton

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

Does a great job of cleaning my system I have noticed better boot and load speed after use

Cons

Cleans too well, removes quick links for recently accessed documents

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4 stars

"Everything I expect and nothing I don't"

October 20, 2011  |  By TucsonIndigo

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

It does a very good job of cleaning the register. It has lots of options, but if you don't know what you are doing they are not required.

Cons

Like everything else now days it wants to instal a toolbar.

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5 stars

"Fast & Clean"

October 19, 2011  |  By Doc John

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

It's so easy and fast I use it every couple of days after a lot of PC use.

Cons

Can't find any

Summary

I like how fast the program runs and it is updated on a non annoying rate. I like being able to delete the trash bin with more advanced methods of erasing. I like the function to change start up items too.

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5 stars

"This is a favorite of mine"

October 19, 2011  |  By mapyron

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.11.1550

Pros

I mostly use it for the temp browser files, etc and am always amazed at what they find after the "security programs" have done their thing. Also greatfull that they include Firefox and Chrome since most utility programs are targeting IE which I haven't used for years.

Cons

I wish there were more explanation on some things, but after all it is FREE

Summary

In my opinion, this is one of the most necessary programs to be put on a computer.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.11.1550
Version 3.11.1550 has added expanded Recycle Bin contents in detailed view.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date October 04, 2011
Date Added October 04, 2011
Version 3.11.1550
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.36MB
File Name ccsetup509.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 108,009,807
Downloads Last Week 400,789
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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