CCleaner vs BleachBit vs Glary Utilities vs Windows 7 Disk Clean up amount of Junk files deleted Video

by Johnson Yip on March 29, 2010 · 6 comments
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Do you find yourself always running low on space or your computer is slow due to a full hard drive? If you do then you need to run a disk clean up on your hard drive especially if you own a Netbook with very little hard disk space like 4GB-8GB on cheaper or older models of Netbooks. If you own an older Windows XP computer with a small hard drive, this article will also help you out, so you would not have to upgrade your hard drive.  The benefits of cleaning out your temporary files can also help protect your privacy offline and online since there are tracking cookies which can track you online when they are in your Internet’s temporary files folders, and your kids, spouse, and friend can’t look at your internet history if you already deleted it with one of the programs I listed below.

I will be comparing BleachBit, CCleaner, Glary Utilities and Windows 7 built-in disk cleanup programs which are all free for consumers to use in this article.

The Winner is BleachBit with over 400MB of temporary and junk files like Temp files deleted. Glary and CCleaner both deleted about 300MB of junk files. The loser is Windows 7 Disk Cleanup with about 200MB of temporary and junk files deleted.

I just ran the analyze option on all programs to estimate the amount of free space that would be recovered by each Disk Cleanup program made for Windows. I did not delete any programs. Every program had an equal opportunity to find the same amount of junk files on my PC.

I usually run all 3 programs when I do disk cleanup tasks on my PC’s hard drive since I notice sometimes CCleaner miss some junk files which Bleachbit and Glary Utilities pick up.

They are all very simple to use. You just install it, and press analyze or clean/delete on the program.

Read more about these disk cleanup for Windows tools! 

If you want a paid disk cleanup alternative for 19.99 which can clean your disk, you can buy WinCleaner One-Click (Up to 3 Users) which also includes a registry cleaner, start up accelerator, online privacy protection, and more.

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Andrew Z March 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for the nice review: it’s great to have competition and put apps against each other. I am the author of BleachBit and would like to add a few notes.

First, the actual delete operation (which is not shown in the review) may actually be larger than the preview for some types of cleanup such as vacuuming Firefox. Vacuuming Firefox requires modifying (not deleting) a file, so it cannot be estimated and previews as 0 bytes. Assuming the other applications have the same problem, you can accurately compare the actual disk space recovered using a virtual machine and snapshots, though this is a hassle.

Second, if you notice any files that BleachBit leaves behind, please report the filenames via the BleachBit web site.

Third, BleachBit 0.7.3 reports file sizes using the SI standard (2 base, 1KB=1024B), and BleachBit 0.7.4 uses the IEC standard (10 base, 1KiB=1000B). The long explanation is here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_prefix

Johnson Yip March 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Hi Andrew Z,

Thanks for making such an awesome Disk Clean up Application, and your great explanation on how BleachBit cleans up junk files on a computer!

Thanks for the Comment!

Andy June 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

This is a great bit of software which does exactly what it says on the tin.
.-= Andy´s last blog ..CC Cleaner =-.

nick c April 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm

thanks for this review.

i didn’t bother with the video…but knowing that an open source program seems to not only stand up against, but removes a larger quantity of unnecessary files than the competition is good news. i do appreciate the convenience of glary’s utilities and ccleaner doing registry fixes and additional work, too…but this sealed the deal — i’m definitely trying bleachbit out myself.

Johnson Yip April 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Hi Nick, Glad you are willing to try out Bleachbit, I recommend you watch the video since it also shows you how to use these disk cleanup programs if you do not know how to. Thanks for the comment.

Brasil June 11, 2011 at 3:45 am

This does everything [as advertised]. I also have Ultra Wincleaner version 8 which works on WINDOWS XP. Before installing the NEW version 11, I ran version 8 [1] last time. After installing the new software, I was surprised to find out that it located and cleaned an additional 45.75 MB of junk files. Another good feature is that it protects the [user specified] cookies…

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