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Editors' Review

by   / October 18, 2012

Nowadays, cookies, temporary files, and various other means of tracking your Web footprint are par for the course. Some of these trackers are useful, while others can be potentially intrusive. Thankfully, there are myriad freeware cleaners out there that help keep your system in check. CCleaner is one of the better ones for its ease of use and powerful cleaning capabilities.

CCleaner's simple and intuitive layout will appeal to users of all skill levels. Its four features -- Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options -- are prominently displayed on the left side of the window. We started with the Cleaner first, which breaks down your cleaning options into two tabs: Windows and Applications. The program works by first analyzing your system and then running the cleaner itself. By selecting the appropriate check boxes, we were able to clean our temporary Internet files, cookies, history, and cache in both Internet Explorer and Firefox at the same time, as well as empty our Recycle Bin and rid our computer of Windows log files. The Registry feature acts in the same fashion, letting you check off on the options you'd like to scan for issues. In less than 30 seconds, the program had scanned and displayed a long list of invalid entries that we could then opt to fix or leave alone by unchecking the boxes. In less time than it took to scan, the program fixed the issues we had selected. One note: We did have to run the Registry cleaner three times in a row before it came back with no issues found; each time it came back with fewer and fewer invalid entries. Using the Tools feature, we were able to manage our startup programs and successfully uninstall programs. We especially liked that CCleaner lets you manage your cookies so that you don't delete ones that are useful when browsing the Web. As with all Registry cleaners, we recommend that you proceed with caution before fixing or deleting any files. CCleaner does offer an online help feature, but for basic cleaning, you probably won't need it.

By default, the project opts you in for installing desktop and Start menu shortcuts, as well as adding run and open options in your Context menu. It also opts you in for installing Google Chrome and making it your default browser, so you'll have to uncheck the boxes to opt out. CCleaner installs and uninstalls without leaving any files or folders behind.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.60.7307

Browser Cleaning:

  • Extended the Flash cleaning rules in Chrome
  • Added Flash cleaning rules to Opera and CCleaner Browser
  • CCleaner Browser:

    • Added Smart Cleaning and Easy Clean support for the new CCleaner Browser
    • Software Updater:

      • Fixed a bug which caused the 'Latest and greatest! Your applications are up-to-date' message to disappear
      • Fixed a bug which navigated users to the uninstaller screen once they had chosen to trial the feature
      • General

        Publisher Piriform
        Publisher web site
        Release Date July 16, 2019
        Date Added July 16, 2019
        Version 5.60.7307


        Category Utilities & Operating Systems
        Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization

        Operating Systems

        Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
        Additional Requirements None

        Download Information

        File Size 19.92MB
        File Name ccsetup560.exe


        Total Downloads 173,170,909
        Downloads Last Week 127,609


        License Model Free
        Limitations Not available
        Price Free
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