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Duplicate Cleaner

CNET Editors' review

Duplicate Cleaner 1.3 is a tremendously helpful program for anyone wishing to tidy up a PC by identifying and deleting duplicate files. Though simple to use, we don't recommend this for novices, because of the potential damage from mistakenly removing needed files.

Duplicate Cleaner's interface is all business. Although fairly straightforward, some odd interface choices may throw you, such as requiring you to click Select in order to see the types of available files rather than including those types in the drop-down list already visible. The program gives you three basic options for searching: folder(s), file type(s), and filter criteria. We scanned a single drive (about 12,000 folders), looking for audio files and using the CRC Checksum method for comparison. The scan took just under 6 minutes and found 19 groups of duplicates comprising 43 individual files. You can also search for files with the same file name, size, or date--or any combination thereof--and limit the search to files within a particular size range.

Once the application returns a list of results, you then have to decide what to do with the dupes. The application allows you to tick the boxes of the items you want to modify and perform an action-- Delete/Delete the Recycle Bin, Move to Folder, or Create Hardlinks (on NTFS systems only). Duplicate Cleaner can also clean up orphaned files and empty folders if you so desire. A Selection Assistant allows you to select and deselect files en masse using various criteria, such as a file name pattern match or file size.

Here is where the user interface may trip up novices or even cautious advanced users: you must first select the files you want to modify, then click a button that says Remove Selected. Files aren't deleted at this stage, however; the program opens a new window giving you the Delete/Move/Create Hardlinks options. In the end, the application tries to be safe: whatever your choice, it will ask you to confirm. If you seem to be doing something odd--such as deleting all files within a group rather than just the ones that are duplicates--the application will again ask you to confirm.

The application offers a few safety measures directly accessible from an Options file menu. Items such as Protect C\Windows and C:\Program files, etc., are selected by default. Such files will still show up in a duplicate list, and you will not see this in action until you go through with confirming the deletion of such a file. We would have preferred that protected files didn't show up in the search results at all. Still, we found that, overall, Duplicate Cleaner is an excellent optimization tool for intermediate to advanced users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 336 votes

    • 5 star: 167
    • 4 star: 93
    • 3 star: 27
    • 2 star: 19
    • 1 star: 30
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2.0 stars

    "No publisher information"

    June 30, 2009  |   By dsolgoo

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    It might be great but I won't run an exe file without an identified publisher.

    Cons

    I can't run it because I won't run an exe file without an identified publisher. My computer's just been down for 2 weeks. How hard could it be to identify the publisher?

    Summary

    I can't run it because I won't run an exe file without an identified publisher. My computer's just been down for 2 weeks. How hard could it be to identify the publisher?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Intuitive to use."

    June 27, 2009  |   By moodyrg

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    None that I have found.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Simplicity!"

    June 19, 2009  |   By papaperp

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    Simple interface, easy to use and is pretty fast!

    Cons

    None as yet. Been using fthe program or only a couple of weeks.

    Summary

    For me, the program made it easy to eliminate the "fear" of deleting important files. As always, simply review your choices before hitting the delete button.... just in case!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised!"

    June 7, 2009  |   By ewliu88

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    It does what it's supposed to.

    Cons

    Interface is a bit barebones but it's logical.

    Summary

    I use Itunes for my Ipod and Windows Media Player for my sansa. I migrated from an older to new laptop and in the migration I generated duplicates for everything. If I deleted things manually it would have taken hours This program works well!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great for my needs"

    May 19, 2009  |   By cvhenke

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    Easy to use and free

    Cons

    None by now

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Welll done easy to use and FREE"

    April 8, 2009  |   By hd1111

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    Welll done easy to use and FREE

    Cons

    None Welll done easy to use and FREE

    Summary

    Welll done easy to use and FREE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WOW!!! Super program for FREE!!!"

    April 5, 2009  |   By sandykj

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    It is easy to use, understand and powerful. Finds duplicate files with different names, can double click to open the files within the program to view and ensure they are the same file. Folder where stored is shown.

    Cons

    Would be nice on first screen for selecting file folders, to be able to select all or use the control key to click and highlight folders to simplify selecting folders from drives with lots of folders.

    Summary

    Wonderful program, extremely well done for a free shareware. Kudos to the programer for being so generous to share this with us. Thank you!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I am surprised it's such a very good program!"

    March 28, 2009  |   By tjjjjc2

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    Has many useful options for this free software that others don't have. Real and fast. I give it 5 stars for this freebie.

    Cons

    It could use multiple search extensions. Only can search one extension at a time or use *.*

    Summary

    It just seems to get the job done for basic duplicate files. The image viewer is a real plus, it fast too. Sorting results is important and this does it. CRC seems to work well too.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not fully functional in Vista"

    March 26, 2009  |   By sgstandre

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    Seems to work for music dupes.

    Cons

    The pull-down menu for file types is blank under Vista Pro on my Lenovo Laptop, so I can only do Music dupe search :-(

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  • 5.0 stars

    "easy n fast"

    March 25, 2009  |   By mouli666

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 1.3

    Pros

    compact, easy 2 use n finds the duplicates real fast

    Cons

    nothing yet..

    Summary

    just follow this after finding the duplicates:
    - Click on "Selection Assistant" button at the bottom of the "Duplicate Files" tab
    - Choose "Select all but 1 file from each group" or what ever option suits u
    - Choose a group and make sure they are duplicates of each other. When you are happy you can move "checked" files to the trash..

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