Duplicate Cleaner

Duplicate Cleaner

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 344 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    1,712,752
  • Date Added:
    November 04, 2008
  • File Size:
    4.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,159
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 344 votes

    • 5 star 170
    • 4 star 95
    • 3 star 28
    • 2 star 19
    • 1 star 32
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2 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 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 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 stars

"Works as advertised!"

June 07, 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 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 stars

"Welll done easy to use and FREE"

April 08, 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 stars

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

April 05, 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.3
Version 1.3 has French support, improved interface, and various updates.
General
Publisher DigitalVolcano
Publisher web site http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk
Release Date November 04, 2008
Date Added November 04, 2008
Version 1.3
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 4.92MB
File Name DuplicateCleaner_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,712,752
Downloads Last Week 6,159
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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