CCleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.13.1600
  • Total Downloads:
    92,466,049
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 29, 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

    4.3

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star 18
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 6694 votes

    • 5 star 4205
    • 4 star 1917
    • 3 star 249
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 230
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4 stars

"Good Product"

December 20, 2011  |  By edlewusa

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

good cleaning job

Cons

hard to set so it does not remove good cookies

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5 stars

"GREAT FREE PRODUCT!!!"

December 20, 2011  |  By jbetts042

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

THIS IS A GREAT PRODUCT, JUST KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING WITH A PROGRAM AND ON A COMPUTER BEFORE YOU START DELETING AND CHANGING THINGS.

Cons

The only con i would give is to the users that leave CCleaner negative reviews because they have no idea what they are doing on a computer in the first place.

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4 stars

"As good as it gets for a free program."

December 19, 2011  |  By chartershall

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

Cleans everything you want it to.

Cons

You have to use it carefully, or you can mess up your settings.

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4 stars

"Works okay!"

December 19, 2011  |  By Dave_51

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

Clears a lot of stuff

Cons

You can loose saved passwords

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4 stars

"Great Product"

December 19, 2011  |  By mwilders

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

Simple to clean all unwanted hidden entries on the computer. I really like it.

Cons

Careful with your cookies as it will wipe them clean.

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5 stars

"Excellent, no need to say anything else"

December 18, 2011  |  By stephfl

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

It does exactly what it says it will do with no fuss!

Cons

Can't think of any

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5 stars

"Works like it says it will."

December 18, 2011  |  By Just_Another_Geek

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

Simple interface. Easy to select more or less items to analyze.

Cons

None noted.

Summary

Fast and effective.

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5 stars

"A great cleaner utility."

December 17, 2011  |  By mrninjamonk

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

Cleans everything I don;t want :D and you can customize what it cleans the smart cookie cleaner is great. Even has extras like registry cleaning and editing start up programs and uninstall programs. makes a lot of things be in same place.

Cons

The only thing I don't like, not that I have a problem with it cause i donn't, is that instead of updating you must install the new version.

Summary

Great and amazing and free and nuff said.

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5 stars

"Awesome tool!"

December 17, 2011  |  By SKULLYFOREVER

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

All around good program!

Cons

Check cookies to keep before you clean or you will have to reload your info

Summary

RECOMMEND FULLY

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3 stars

"quite effecent but a bit complicated"

December 14, 2011  |  By skiptil

 |  Version: CCleaner 3.13.1600

Pros

very torough and fairly quick

Cons

bit hard to understand what to do with the results and it offers no explanation

Summary

the software can most likely do a lot mpore than I know how to do, I wish it had a tutorial to go with it

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.13.1600
Version 3.13.1600 has added Firefox Jumplist Cache cleaning and improved Google Chrome Internet History cleaning for typed URLs.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date November 29, 2011
Date Added November 29, 2011
Version 3.13.1600
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
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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