I have been using Piriform CCleaner 3.05.x Disk Clean up utility for a few months to clean up my temporary internet and system files. It also cleans up temporary files for third party software like eMule, Google Toolbar, Microsoft Office, and more.
CCleaner is fast, simple, and great to use for cleaning temporary files off my computer for free. It also makes my computer faster when I use its startup manager to disable start up programs from starting when I log in to Windows.
CCleaner is very easy to use and fast. You just need to check all the programs, and areas on Windows which you want to clean up for temporary files. Next, you can click the analyze button to see how much space you’ll can save by running CCleaner, or you can just hit the “Run Cleaner” button to clean your hard drive in Windows by deleting temporary files related to Windows, third party software, and your web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc.
I normally get back a few hundred MBs to a GB of free hard disk space back when I run CCleaner’s disk clean up.
CCleaner also comes bundled with a registry cleaner for cleaning up useless registry keys, and CCleaner also backs up your registry keys just in case you deleted a registry key which Windows or software needs.
CCleaner has a uninstaller wizard which makes it easy for you to launch program uninstaller software for your software programs like Microsoft Office which you want to uninstall from your computer.
You can also edit your start up programs which start up when Windows start up, so your computer starts faster. CCleaner has a start up wizard which lets you disable, enable, or delete start up entries in Windows.
If you are running low on hard drive space, you can use CCleaner’s system restore remover to remove system restore files which you know you do not need anymore to get back free space which your old system restore files took up. However, for safety reasons, you can’t delete your newest system restore file with CCleaner.
CCleaner is a Drive Wiper is a new Utility which lets you wipe free space on your computer drive, so your deleted files are harder to recover with data recovery software. You can overwrite your freespace on a drive 1 time (simple overwrite), 3 times (DOD), 7 times (NSA), or 35 times (Gutmann).
In the settings of CCleaner, you can set which internet cookies which you want to keep from a specific website, folders you want to include in the disk cleanup, folders and registry entries to exclude from the disk clean up,
CCleaner also shows you what version of Windows you are running on the top of the program, what CPU you are using in your computer and its speed, how much RAM your computer have, and your computers chipset.
I find CCleaner’s user interface and buttons to be much better then version 2.0 of CCleaner since the buttons and interface look more colorful and 3D.
CCleaner also keeps my computer running well, and more stable while protecting my privacy by deleting my filled form data, internet history, most recently used lists, and cookies, so people who use my computer can’t spy on my web surfing habits as easily by looking at my Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome web surfing internet history.
You can also run CCleaner by right clicking Windows Recycle bin, and picking run CCleaner. If you right click the CCleaner icon in the system tray while it is running, you have the option to make CCleaner shut down your computer after it has finish cleaning up your hard drive. Be sure to save all your work, and close all your other programs first, so you do not lose anything.
Go to piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard to download your copy of CCleaner.