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One is a drive wiping tool that can wipe all the data from your hard drive, but can also scrub only the available free space. As with many of the tools in CCleaner, it’s fairly nuanced and allows for a simple one-pass overwrite, a Department of Defense-level three-pass option, a National Security Administration-level seven-pass cleaning, and a 35-pass Gutmann-level deep scrub. The more passes you select, the slower the deletion process.
Another key improvement to CCleaner 3 has been adding more options to pre-existing features. You can now select specific Internet cookies to keep, across all your browsers, while CCleaner deletes the rest in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. The benefit of this is to keep cookies for specific sites that you know to be safe, such as webmail, while getting rid of the rest that you don’t want tracking you. Note that your browser must be closed for the cookie-deleting feature to work.
Other changes in version 3 include improvements to the internal scanning tech that powers CCleaner, and the interface received some minor tweaks to make icons more visible. If you’re familiar with previous versions of the program, though, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any differences between older CCleaners and the new one. Additional minor changes include a new native installer for 64-bit computers, and environment variables have been added for %SystemDirectory%, %SystemDirectory32%, and %SystemDirectory64%.
Version 3 supports more Windows programs than before, including added support for Microsoft Silverlight Isolated Storage, AVG 2011, Audacity, LogMeIn Hamachi, BitTorrent, and Windows Game Explorer. Pre-existing support has been improved for Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 beta, and the torrent managing client Vuze.
For users who are new to the program, in addition to browser tracks cleaning it will clean tracks from other programs, empty your recycle bin, delete temporary files, and clean your Registry, quickly scanning for invalid entries before removing them. CCleaner will also back up your Registry before you hit delete, in case it accidentally removes a crucial component. There’s also a basic, somewhat rudimentary uninstaller for removing any program on your machine. What Registry entries it doesn’t catch, the main Registry checker will, but it’s a two-step process that dedicated uninstallers handle nicely on their own.
In empirical testing, CCleaner 3 appeared to be marginally faster than previous versions. This is probably system dependent, so users with older computers could likely see significantly faster scan and cleaning times than in previous versions.
Problems with CCleaner are minor at best, and it remains a highly-recommended, must-have weapon against system slowdowns, tracking cookies, and the multitudinous debris that can clutter your computer.
Since its introduction about 30 years ago, DOS has had this funny little habit of letting you install whatever you want when you needed it, if you had “administrative privileges.” This simply meant and still means that you run or allowed to run a computer with “full privileges.” “Full” or “administrative” privileges mean you can do anything you want to the computer such as install or uninstall the software or hardware and drivers that leave all the little file pieces and files that have to be cleaned up before you computer can run quickly and cleanly.
All you need is a simple little program such as Ccleaner, a few minutes of time and the matter is completed. As they old saying goes “it’s not rocket science,” although it is about the science of cleaning up after oneself. Why DOS, and later Windows, was developed with this inconvenient little problem is beyond the scope of this article. What is germane though is that Piriform’s Ccleaner is worth it’s weight in disk space.
It takes next to nothing to install and when you’ve finished you have a computer that is speedy and from which all those unneeded files and little pieces of file have been deleted.
Ccleaner is quick to install as it has a very simple interface that indicates exactly what the program is doing at any time. Once you’ve installed it, the program is easy to use.
It cleans up anything that’s left – you probably have experienced programs that leave annoying cookies or files on your hard drive – and makes it disappear. The truth is that once Ccleaner has taken the program and flattened it, the files are gone forever, so you do have to be a bit careful about what you are taking off.
They tell you this in the instructions so if you go a little overboard and yank all of the unwanted programs off your computer you may find that you have programs that won’t start or won’t do anything if they do start.
You can’t say, though, they haven’t given you fair warning. Ccleaner is a good software and may be helpful as it really does what it advertises to do and no more.
It all begins right around eight months or so after you’ve been using your new computer on a pretty much daily basis, and only gets worse from there.
All of a sudden, it’s not booting up nearly as quickly as it used to. On top of that, finding files or opening programs – especially if you’re looking to do a couple of those actions at the same time – becomes almost impossible. You feel like your computer is operating a while stuck in a honey or quicksand, and even though people promise some kind of “quick fix” to get you back to better than brand-new nobody can really deliver.
Well, nobody except for CCleaner.
What is CCleaner?
Far and away the most powerful and potent computer cleaner software available on the market today (100% free of charge, no less), this just might be one of the most influential open-source software solutions available on the planet.
Allowing you to deep clean your computer, fix registry errors, don’t temporary files that might be bogging you down, legitimately the racing your browser history, and so much more, there’s a reason why CCleaner has been downloaded millions and millions of times and continues to be “must-have” software today.
New stand out features for CCleaner
It used to be that CCleaner was only really effective at cleaning out traditional hard drives, mostly because SSDs (or solid-state drives) had quite become the norm that they are today. There are new solutions integrated into the “backend” of CCleaner to address SSD hard drives, allowing you to use this system exactly the same way you always have been but getting extreme performance out of though solid-state solutions.
On top of that, the Windows Registry cleaner is even more efficient and effective than it used to be and you’ll be able to select and choose which temporary files you delete forever and which ones you allowed to remain to improve overall functionality of your rig.
CCleaner feature most people don’t know about
If there was a single feature that most people weren’t aware of with CCleaner, it would be the fact that you can analyze just how much extra performance you’re going to be able to get out of your machine before you run a clean. This will help you understand whether or not it’s worth clicking the button and letting it do its work right away, or whether you want to run it in the background when you aren’t going to be using your machine as frequently.
To fix this you need a registry cleaner. Registry cleaners are programs that run automated scans of your registry, searching for inconsistencies and mistakes. Registry cleaners then can correct these problems, making backups if you want, and help restore your computer to it’s older, quicker self.
One of the best registry cleaners in the industry is Piriform’s CCleaner. Not only is CCleaner an excellent registry cleaner, it also has several other functions that make it an invaluable tool.
CCleaner can do an automated clean up of your computer, clearing such things as your browsing history, cookies, temp files, recycling bin, windows log files, autocomplete form history, search autocomplete, and more. This takes care of all the period junk that piles up in your system every few months or so.
The big kahuna, CCleaners Registry Cleaning function is truly top-notch. This is best used if you have used your computer for months without a registry cleaning, or simply if you have just made a lot of changes on your computer (such as installing or uninstalling several programs, or removing spyware).
The tools function is an advanced program and services uninstaller. It can uninstall programs, like you can under the control panel, but more quickly, and more then one at a time. It can also disable startup programs (which you can normally do from run->”msconfig”). Both these are slightly more user-friendly than there windows counterparts, so they are very useful.
Overall CCleaner is a top-notch, if not the best free registry cleaner available for windows.