Cleaning ones system periodically helps in managing free space and avoid the hard drives from getting filled up. It can turn into a tedious job when hard drives are not cleaned form time to time. CCleaner provides a perfect solution for such problems. The first ‘C’ in CCleaner stands for the “crap” that it can clean up. With CCleaner one can delete passwords, Internet files, configuration files, and remove System Restore points from a shared pc, enable windows to run more smoothly with a clean registry, free up the hard drive space by deleting some unnecessary files and lots more. It comes in three editions, CCleaner free, home edition ($24.95) and business edition ($34.95).
CCleaner comes with the following major utilities Cleaner, registry and tools. Cleaner serves for the purpose of cleaning the” crap” from the system whereas the registry cleaner cleans the windows registry. Tools like the uninstaller, startup and system restore point manager along with the drive wiper can be used for various processes.
One can clean the systems hard drive for lesser errors, faster operations and to get some free space on it. CCleaner can clean unneeded files, settings and entries for web browsers and installed applications on a system. The cleaner allows its users to select the files, file types and folders to clean. It also provides many other options.
Windows Registry constitutes a set of files that contain settings for a Windows PC. Settings like what program is to be used to open HTML files, when as antivirus program should run etc. Over time, the Registry becomes messy with missing or broken items as you install, uninstall or upgrade any software. CCleaner helps out to clean the Registry to reduce the number of errors leading to faster operation.
CCleaner provides an uninstalling platform similar to the Add/Remove Programs part of Windows’ Control Panel. CCleaner is faster because once a lot of programs are installed, the Windows’ Add/Remove platform takes some time to start. Just by selecting the program and hitting the “Run uninstall” button the inbuilt uninstaller of the respective program is initiated.
Managing System restore points and startup programs
- CCleaner can be used to remove System Restore points. Once a point is removed, nobody will be able to restore the system to that point. This preserves the privacy of the users to an extent.
- When certain programs are installed they often are programmed to auto start every time you start windows which make the startup process slower. Now that’s a real hitch, since now a days most of the software’s are programmed to auto start. CCleaner simply allows the users to select which programs to auto start and which not to. That provides some relief to the “auto start” problem.
Wiping free disk space
When a file is deleted, Windows removes the reference to that file without actually deleting the data that made up the file on the hard drive. Eventually, such data will be overwritten new files are written to that area of the drive. This gives rise to a possibility of recovering the data with appropriate tools. To maintain privacy and security one can set CCleaner to wipe the free areas on the hard disk so that deleted files can never be recovered.
- Windows 2000 or later
- Windows 7 (all editions, including 64-bit)
- Windows Vista (all editions, including 64-bit)
- Windows XP (Home, Professional, Media Center, Tablet Edition, 64-bit)
- Windows 2003 and 2008 Server (all editions).
- Windows 2000