Duplicate Cleaner

Duplicate Cleaner

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,706,397
  • Date Added:
    January 16, 2011
  • File Size:
    7.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,601
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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

    3.1

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
  • 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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  • 5 stars

    "Cleaned up like a champ"

    October 12, 2014   |   By ZibbyG

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.2.4

    Pros

    Worked fine, sorted out the mess I had left from combining several hard drives

    Cons

    none? Just had to put a bit of thought into what to remove.

    Summary

    Good stuff. Always remember to back up first though!

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  • 1 stars

    "Very bad, DESTROYED ALL MY FILES"

    October 08, 2014   |   By phadeb

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.2.4

    Pros

    None. This software has served to destroy the original and duplicates.

    Cons

    This ***** deleted my whole 90Gb of photo collections right through the recycle bin with untouched configuring.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great free program with all the essentials"

    August 26, 2014   |   By mopeint

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.2.4

    Pros

    great selection features

    Cons

    not really (would be great to have some undo functionality after (un)marking files)

    Summary

    I've tried others, but this one is the best

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  • 5 stars

    "Very efficient finding duplicates ...."

    May 25, 2014   |   By melen001

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.2.4

    Pros

    Can protect DLL files and Windows files & folders. Will find photos, music, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and folder $ files. You can send duplicates to recycle bin before deleting or to folder that you create. Rename the file and show folder in Windows Explorer. Change background colors for list rows as well.

    Cons

    Haven't come across any yet...

    Summary

    Have been using for over a year and haven't had any issues. It's fast and will list all duplicates. You can choose which you want to remove or let Duplicate Cleaner Free choose all but one and it will do so. It's hard to believe that it's free when it does such an exceptional job. I have used many duplicate finders but this, undoubtedly is the best.

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  • 4 stars

    "too good to be free"

    May 22, 2014   |   By Ralph Williams

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.2.4

    Pros

    works like a champ

    Cons

    none that i can find

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  • 4 stars

    "Just another duplicate remover utility"

    May 13, 2014   |   By wirthnathan

    Version: Duplicate Cleaner 3.2.4

    Pros

    Like interface and overall performance

    Cons

    Sluggish with slow performance computer

    Summary

    Can't deny the fact that these tools make our life improved and easier. All of above, this utility is free and gives clear feel of open source world where anyone could use any software without seeing those bogus ads or malware injected into your system.

    Thankful to have such a software though!!

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.0
    Version 2.0:
    • Fully Unicode Compatible
    • Exclude from search by pattern
    • Move or Copy duplicate files
    • Rename duplicate files
    • Match by Date Created/Modified
    • Byte-by-Byte / SHA1 / MD5 hashing options
    • Search between dates modifed or created
    • Fuzzy matching on Filenames and Audio tags
    • Read image tags
    • Don't follow Junctions/Mountpoints option
    • Automatic row re-colouring on sort
    • Edit list row colours/font
    • New folder picker
    • New Right click marking/unmarking options
    • Drop selected /marked files from list
    • Enhanced Import and Export (now includes marked state of row)
    • Export selected rows or all rows
    • Select by pattern on any column, with regular expression support
    • Updated Selection assistant
    • Selection assistant can be limited to selected range
    • Select by Dates Created/Modified
    • Quick Column Views - show/hide columns in pre-set combinations
    • Portable settings file (no registry)
    General
    Publisher DigitalVolcano
    Publisher web site http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk
    Release Date January 10, 2011
    Date Added January 16, 2011
    Version 2.0
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Management
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008
    Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
    Download Information
    File Size 7.92MB
    File Name DuplicateCleaner3_setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,706,397
    Downloads Last Week 5,601
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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