Since I first documented the use of CCleaner on this blog back in 2012 the utility has undergone a number of new iterations. Let’s take a fresh look at the tool and see what it has to offer.
The first thing you need to do is to download the latest version (currently v5.03). Do a search in your browser for ‘CNET CCleaner’ and use the link on the CNET download.com site as this is guaranteed virus free. Alternatively download it from Piriform, the makers of the CCleaner application. Here are the links…
The original pre-version 5 tools are still there but have been improved upon and there are a number of new utilities that you can use to clean up and manage your PC and startup. As I’ve covered how to run the tool previously I will limit this article to show the options available. If you need help using CCleaner then please contact LITES PC.
Main Cleaner: On opening the first screen you will see is the main cleaning screen. The elements selected by default are the ‘standard’ clean and it is safe to click Run Cleaner to action the process.
There are other more in depth cleaning options to the left. Make sure you understand what these are before selecting these (note: none of them remove your personal data so that will be safe).
Application Cleaner: CCleaner now has an application cleaner tab. Click on Applications and you can use the tool to clean up your browsers (Chrome, IE, Firefox etc;) as well as other leading applications. This is very handy for when you are having issues with your browser as it can remove items that are ‘clogging up’ your access and possibly impacting internet availability.
Registry Cleaner: The original Windows Registry cleaner is still there but has been updated. This can be used to clean up the Windows Registry area to improve performance. Remember that when making changes to the registry you should always backup the registry first. You will be prompted to do this by CCleaner. As before this is a two-step process – Scan then Fix.
In the many years I’ve been using the tool I have never had to restore a registry backup but take one nonetheless, it doesn’t take long to do.
Tools Section: There are now a stack of tools that can be used;
- Uninstall is an alternative uninstaller to the standard Control Panel option.
- Startup allows you to view what programs start in the background when Windows fires up (very useful for doing a cleanup – remove anything you don’t need auto started).
- Disk Analyzer checks your disk drive and displays the type of files that are using up your storage space. This is handy if you are running low on disk space and not sure why.
- Duplicate Finder searches your drive for duplicated files.
- System Restore allows you to manage your Windows generated Restore points.
- Drive Wiper will remove data off any selected drive. It can be a simple Windows delete or a more in depth secure data removal to prevent any data being retrieved.
Options: These are the various options and settings associated with CCleaner. I’d recommend leaving these as they are unless you have a specific need.