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:
    1,755,913
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 16, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,883
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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4 stars

"Very good at finding dupes"

February 21, 2011  |  By starrym

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

Seems to find all of your dupes.

Cons

Not so easy to decide which ones to delete.

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1 stars

"installs adware!!!!"

February 20, 2011  |  By juggalaJ

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

never used it

Cons

ya it is a con.

Summary

my computer stoped it from dling 2 times it trys to install opencandy adware!!!!

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1 stars

"This program sucks"

February 20, 2011  |  By bachhell

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

It looks cool

Cons

Well it will not move so called files that the name is too long. I have NO long names but the stupid program says that I do and so it will not move my duplicates. This was a complete waste of my time piece of junk!

Summary

This program is a piece of junk waste of time

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2 stars

"Nice GUI but freezes Windows 7 upon delete attempt"

February 20, 2011  |  By dfbai

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

Adequately flexible, accurate and lightning fast search and decent automated selection options for delete selection

Cons

Upon attempting to delete froze my brand new Toshiba core i5 notebook on each of 3 attempts, even after cold boot.

Summary

Try something else first. Being that it works flawlessly until you actually try to delete, you may spend a lot of time figuring it and your file structure out only to be stuck when time comes to move, archive or delete those pesky duplicate & triplicate files. I was able to export the list generated to a .csv which was somewhat useful in my hard drive analysis.

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1 stars

"Contains Spyware"

February 14, 2011  |  By Byron954

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

Seems to work and is fast and thorough, but contains Spyware, so a 4 or 5 star rating was down graded to 1 star.

Cons

On two computers, the latest update, which directs back to CNET for download, attempted to install spyware called OpenCandy. This was detected by MS Security as a low level threat, but MS Security recommended removal.

Summary

I can't figure out where to report this to CNET. If you know how to do so, please report it to CNET. Thanks.

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1 stars

"This software is a scam, puts itself into msconfig"

February 13, 2011  |  By ilostmyeraser

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

SCAM. It a cover for registry reviver

Cons

SCAM SCAM. It a cover for registry reviver

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5 stars

"Highly Recommended"

February 01, 2011  |  By RayeSesshyFan

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

It does its job and was very quick. It shows the files info, folder, subfolders, size, and had different group row line colors (which you can customize) that helps when selecting the files to delete and said checked file will be strike out.

Cons

None that I see.

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5 stars

"Best Duplicate Finder Out There - Hands Down!!"

January 31, 2011  |  By the78zinman

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

Multiple methods of finding duplicates. I have manually verified hundreds of photos to confirm. It was never wrong.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

I have used 3 other paid duplicate checkers. None did a better job; one did significantly worse.

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3 stars

"good program! I recommend it. Easy to use."

January 28, 2011  |  By GrandmaNet

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

Anytime I sync my camera to transfer photos or music from my MP3 player, there always seems to be duplicates. The program scanned and alerted me to the duplicate files so I could easily delete them. Saves space on my hard drive!

Cons

I'm a new user, and don't have any cons right now.

Summary

It performs as advertised, and I am happy with it. I'll be easily able to keep duplicate photos and songs cleaned out without the need to search every folder myself!

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4 stars

"The Update is much better."

January 28, 2011  |  By 4Edmac

 |  Version: Duplicate Cleaner 2.0

Pros

Unsure at this time.

Cons

Unsure at this time.

Summary

I haven't used it enough to give adequate Pros/Cons, but I can say that, even though I've just used the Update once, I do like it more than the previous version.

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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 Vista, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2008, Windows
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 4.92MB
File Name DuplicateCleaner_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,755,913
Downloads Last Week 5,883
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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