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CCleaner

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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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    4.5 stars

    out of 6,608 votes

    • 5 star: 4136
    • 4 star: 1912
    • 3 star: 246
    • 2 star: 92
    • 1 star: 220
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 39 votes

    • 5 star: 27
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Clean interface"

    February 23, 2012  |   By phillipscarson

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    Great for cleaning junk off of your computers

    Cons

    No hazzles and pro version advertisements

    Summary

    I have used it for many years, CC is always in my system even I changed my PC many times.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Other than Glary's there is none other, that I use"

    February 23, 2012  |   By travis41

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    Even better than Glary's at taking out the trash-much faster & is reliable in the Registry,{if u take the time 2 acertain that all delets r legit},even a Rolls sometimes goes haywire!!

    Cons

    none worth noting here

    Summary

    Used it 4 at a minimum of 5 years straight & wish 2 thank the powers that b for the free use of a fine util.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My Brother in Arms"

    February 22, 2012  |   By PrashantGogoi

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    - Everything!!! (Fast, Easy to use, Effective, Safe)

    Cons

    - The Registry Cleaner does not seem to do a deep scan but then this is a minor hag

    Summary

    Crap Cleaner has been my brother in arms for the last 2 years in my fight against system junk and it has NEVER crashed my system even once. Initially I used to take backups before cleaning just to be on the safe side. But then after studying its findings, I realized that the entries found were extremely safe to delete. Since then I have been using this fantastic program without any backup. I delete everything it finds without any worries and my system has never crashed or displayed any errors after a clean. And I clean my system almost every day(Ok, so I am a little paranoid)
    The only thing I wish Crap Cleaner did a little more effectively was the registry scan. I have found other registry cleaners find junk even after a Crap Cleaner clean and hence my 4.5 rating. Maybe the developers preferred to keep safety first which, of course, is more acceptable than a system crash any day.
    Crap Cleaner truly deserves its 5 star editor rating and it is one of my top programs which I cannot do without. Basic, intermediate as well as advanced folks can use this program to clean their systems quickly, effectively, and most importantly, safely.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Get this! Use it daily!"

    February 21, 2012  |   By camacree

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    Files and pictures leave a trace on your computer and logs of your activity are created. Deleting the files leaves a faint shadow meaning those items could be restored by someone else using an undelete program. If you have images or password logs for example that you don't want someone, (family, friends, work colleagues, or the police), to access then this excellent small free program is for you. You can pick from individual files through to a free space or complete disk wipe. It has a powerful multi wipe cleaning system with 1,3 7, or 35 wipe options. These were previously given names such as NSA for 7 and Gutmann for 35 but have been changed presumably for copyright reasons. It's very easy to use, easy to customize, and is quicker than other comparative cleaners. I recommend this very,very highly and use it every time before I shut the computer down. Even if you never normally use it, have it for when you want to finally dispose of your hard-drive. You can wipe clean the whole disk.

    Cons

    You could irretrievably wipe important files from your computer.
    You could change the settings to wipe files and settings you didn't want wiped from your computer.

    Summary

    Class of 2012, if I could give you one tip for the future, Ccleaner...would be...it!
    Don't mess with the settings until you know what they do.
    That said I use these settings: Cleaner: Windows- DON'T tick network passwords, DNS cache, font cache, start menu and desktop shortcuts. Don't use the advanced section until you know what you're doing - with the exception of the custom files and folders which you SHOULD tick! Applications- Firefox tick all except site preferences and compact databases. Tick everything else EXCEPT security programs, (Avast, Spybot etc). That means you tick Adobe, Nero, Java, media player, and MS stuff. Registry: tick everything. Tools: don't bother or use. There are better tolls in Advanced System Care, (another recommended free download program). The only thing you would use would be the drive wiper which is straight forward. Options: Settings- tick both recycle bin options, secure deletions, the 35 pass option, wipe streams and tips, all wipe f-s drives, and wipe mft free space, (which is V. IMPORTANT). Cookies- keep your choice. Its worth clicking every page on your browser favourites first. Include- (only available if you ticked the custom files and folders in advanced). I've created a file in downloads into which everything is downloaded. I have selected this folder with the add button and use the include files and subfolders option. EVERYTHING downloaded is then deleted when I shut-down if I haven't moved or copied it. [My choice - it may not be yours]. In Options: advanced- I have only the show prompt ticked. I don't keep rubbish or potentially incriminating files for 24 hours.
    I have a few other bits ticked as well but these are good safe settings.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An excellent product that lives to hype. Plus its free!"

    February 21, 2012  |   By scoots0492

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    Easy to navigate & understand.
    Excellent set of options.

    Cons

    Can it stay free?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Editors are right, it's Spectacular"

    February 21, 2012  |   By chessie1948

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    This is absolutely the best free cleaner/diagnostic for routine daily use.

    Cons

    It isn't the most thorough diagnostic, but that isn't the intent.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is great"

    February 20, 2012  |   By twsoft

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    I have used it for many years, CC is always in my system even I changed my PC many times.

    Cons

    None I can see.

    Summary

    I am working on a similar project - Toolwiz Care which offers more features. but I have to say CC is the best one as a cleaner.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for cleaning junk off of your computers"

    February 20, 2012  |   By musicman4you

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    Unreal how many junk files and tracking cookies most people have and leave on their computers.You can get rid if them with this.Im a longtime user.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of

    Summary

    I would recommend this to everyone.It is a great program and free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple,Intuitive and FREE!! Does exactly what it says"

    February 20, 2012  |   By supuser

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    1.Clean interface
    2.Does the job neatly
    3.No hazzles and pro version advertisements

    Cons

    Might be more features.

    Summary

    Great freeware and highly recommend to use without any doubt.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very useful and FREE!"

    February 19, 2012  |   By sirhurtalot

    Version: CCleaner 3.15.1643

    Pros

    Does all the cleaning job for me.

    Cons

    Need more features...

    Summary

    This is already very good and to make it perfect we need more cleaning features.

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