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FCleaner Portable

CNET Editors' review

FCleaner Portable is a fully portable version of FTweak's FCleaner. We looked at FCleaner a while back and found it to be an above-average freeware disk and Registry-cleaning and -optimizing tool. FCleaner is essentially the same program, but with the added advantage of total portability: it requires no installation, so it can be run from a USB drive or similar device on any compatible Windows PC.

FCleaner Portable quickly proved as capable at cleaning out our system's junk as the installed version, so we decided to take a look at the program's other tools, such as the Uninstaller, which offers more options than the Windows Add/Remove Programs tool. For example, FCleaner Portable not only has an Uninstall button but also Repair, Update, Support, About, and Remove Entry controls and a filter entry field that let us type in a program's first few letters to filter the application list. It also shows the path of each individual uninstaller application, a welcome design choice. Surprisingly, it didn't show installation date, last access, or similar entries in the columns, nor could we add them. That's something we'd like to see in the next update, especially the ability to rotate the list by installation date. The Startup Manager let us disable or remove entries; the Tools tab gave quick access to the Windows Security Center, System Restore tool, Task Scheduler, System Information console, and the Command Line interface. Under Options, we could select our browser from a drop-down list, view all its cookies, and select those we wanted to keep, and FCleaner would zap all the others the next time we ran it. The Custom Cleaner is especially interesting. It let us designate a specific location and file types to clean, and even designate file types to exclude, via a simple wizard. One neat little extra is the small but detailed disk information pop-up that appears when you hover the cursor over the program's system tray icon.

With a robust but safe cleaner, uninstaller, and other useful tools, FCleaner Portable is a great tool to have in your keychain drive or PC toolkit, and it's up to daily duty, too.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Neck to Neck with CCleaner"

    August 23, 2011  |   By lukenoot

    Version: FCleaner Portable 1.3.1.621

    Pros

    Easy, Fast, and portable... removes useless and temp. junk files, internet cache and history.

    Cons

    perminant delete.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great little tool"

    February 18, 2011  |   By wgseaton

    Version: FCleaner Portable 1.3.1.621

    Pros

    I would normally spend time walking through all the temp files on a system to clean it up. This tool did almost all for me.

    Cons

    Did not clean old OS Software Download temp folder.

    Summary

    I added this to my utility tool set.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nothing but trouble"

    February 12, 2011  |   By osugrad

    Version: FCleaner Portable 1.3.1.621

    Pros

    None that I could find

    Cons

    Really messed up my bookmarks/favorites.

    Summary

    Stay away from this freebie. I will continue to use CCleaner as it is much more reliable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No too bad for a free product."

    February 8, 2011  |   By scoee

    Version: FCleaner Portable 1.3.1.621

    Pros

    Totally portable and works on XP/W7 32 and 64 bit. It offers a variety of tweaks and cleans which are a must for heavy PC users. Early days yet, but there seems to be no issues with accidentally deleting crucial systems files. For this - 5 stars.

    Cons

    Nothing too drastic to complain about. Maybe the menu's could be a bit better organised and maybe add some extra things as is in Advanced System Care, but really, that's me being somewhat petty.. Early days.

    Summary

    It's free. It does what it says and does it reasonably fast.. It is not too dissimilar to CCleaner in speed and program, Another great free product.

    All in all, a simplistic way to clean out a lot of gunk from PCs.

    Give it a go. I like it so far, and I like its' portability.

    Updated on Aug 2, 2011

    OK. It WAS early days. TROUBLE with all O/S now and with both the portable and other one. "file is encryted or not in data base" screen on every version of Windows. FCleaner just hangs. NOT GOOD. Was working well until updates to both. I recommend to uninstall and either wait for it to be fixed then reinstall, or better still, simply use the more stable, proven and almost identical CCleaner.

    What a damn shame. And it was soooo promising too. Such is Life.

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