CCleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.12.1572
  • Total Downloads:
    92,466,049
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 25, 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

    4.6

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star 36
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6694 votes

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    • 4 star 1917
    • 3 star 249
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 230
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5 stars

"i like it it work get for me its simple for me to use"

November 27, 2011  |  By kalliekat

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

it's easy to use it's easy to understand

Cons

none that i have found

Summary

i would recomend this

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4 stars

"Truly scrumptious"

November 24, 2011  |  By ciscoagent

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

Very impressed with this software and looking forward to using it regularly. Graphic design is excellent and I found it easy to work with and understand. Very well-designed piece of kit.

Cons

No complaints (yet).

Summary

Free version is definitely worth downloading - I might even upgrade.

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4 stars

"Must-have Tool"

November 22, 2011  |  By dsw4rbrick

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

Easy to use, mostly efficient, safe registry cleaning.

Cons

Not flawless.

Summary

Though it's easy to use and mostly works, it's not flawless; it does delete login browser cookies (despite its claim to automatically detect and leave them), and doesn't completely clear up uninstallations.

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4 stars

"Works Well"

November 21, 2011  |  By timh111

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

Finds a LOT of unnecessary entries like temp files that have accumulated on your drive)s).

Cons

Doesn't find ALL entries.

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5 stars

"It does a really good job,and really easy to use"

November 21, 2011  |  By kwammes

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

Simple to use,and fast.

Cons

I have not found any yet..

Summary

I would tell my friends about it..

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5 stars

"I am pleased with CNets products"

November 20, 2011  |  By summeronly

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

I am satisfed with CCleaner, My computer was running very sluggish and the wait to download was getting fustrating. It does what it's suppose to do.

Cons

Cons.. If you don't use it, That's a Con!!

Summary

A friend of mine told me about CCleaner and I'm glad that he did. If you don't have CCleaner and your computer is running slow, it's just not running like it did when it was new. You need CCleaner.
You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.

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5 stars

"So far very pleased with CCleaner"

November 19, 2011  |  By stephen13wh

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

Free,fast and does what it says on the tin.

Cons

None,love it.

Summary

I have been very pleased with CCleaner and would recommend it to anybody.

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5 stars

"Gotta have program!"

November 19, 2011  |  By tmlittle

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

There are a lot of "Pros" that come with this program. It helps eliminate browser cookies, histories, superfluous registry entries and, much more.

Cons

I have a difficult time thinking about any cons that CCleaner may have. However when using the program it pays to carefully review the changes that will be made by CCleaner. You may end up deleting something that you really wanted to keep.

Summary

CCleaner is a must have utility when it comes to "tuning" your rig. It's quick and easy so that you can get back to more important things in your day.

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4 stars

"been using ccleaner for a couple years"

November 18, 2011  |  By jimi1952

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

convienent,easy to use,versitile

Cons

none so far

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5 stars

"Saves Your Ass"

November 15, 2011  |  By TheChesireCat009

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.12.1572

Pros

Sleek, preforms well, does it job, overall awesome

Cons

Have not experienced anything that could be a con

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.12.1572
Version 3.12.1572 adds Firefox 8.0 support and better secure deletion.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date October 25, 2011
Date Added October 25, 2011
Version 3.12.1572
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, 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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