Review of "Piriform CCleaner"

published 24/10/2009 | oldchem
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"A spring clean in autumn, summer and winter as well."

Piriform CCleaner

Piriform CCleaner

PIRIFORM CCLEANER

The last few weeks my computer has been very temperamental, so much so I thought that it was on the way to the big PC World up in the sky.
It kept shutting down, usually before I'd managed to save what work I had done, and it was very S L O W.

I have full McAfee security on my computer and I had done several full scans, which didn't pick anything up, I really thought the days were numbered for my trusty friend.

Then I read a review about Piriform's CCleaner, I couldn't see the harm in trying it, I did and what a difference it has made.
It's been like a dose of Viagra for my poor old warhorse!!

SO WHAT IS IT?

The CCleaner (I do believe that this stands for Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system tool for PC users who use Microsoft Windows. That removes unused and temporary files from your system allowing it to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space.
It is very quick to run and is free to use (although there is a Pay Pal facility to make a donation to use the software, which I have to admit I didn't use at first, but was so pleased with the results that I went back and sent a fiver!)
FEATURES

Cleans the following: Internet Explorer Cache, History, Cookies, Index.dat
Recycle Bin, Temporary files and Log files.
Recently opened URLs and files.
Third-party application temp files and recent file lists (MRUs).
Including: Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Office XP, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce and more...
Advanced Registry scanner and cleaner to remove unused and old entries.
Including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more...
This software is completely Freeware and contains no Spyware.

INSTALLATION AND SET UP

Look if I can do it, I can assure you that ANYONE can!!

The install is really easy, and the download took about 20 seconds on my broadband connection.
An Install Options page comes up, and I left all the boxes ticked - these were things like having a shortcut on your desktop, all pretty straightforward there.

You download the CCleaner software from their website (http://www.ccleaner.com/) Then install it in your system.
It covers all Microsoft windows systems including Windows XP and Windows Vista.
When it is installed it stays on your system for you to use, as you require.
USING THE SOFTWARE

The main cleaning section offers two checkbox-style lists of things it'll clean. These include all the major browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Chrome) and various other applications infamous for storing unnecessary clutter, including Microsoft Office and Google Earth.

CCleaner tidies up system files, like clipboards and log files, and its scanning tool searches for common problems worth fixing.

It can also hunt down and fix common Registry errors, which can help improve the performance of your computer - which it did so well for me.
It is very easy to navigate and to use, you don't need to be an IT genius.
There are four tabs in the left hand side of the page - cleaner, registry, tools and options.

Click on the 'Cleaner' button, you will see two buttons, Windows and Applications.
On clicking the Windows button you have the ability to clear out the cookies, temp. IE files, recently typed URL's etc.
Any of these can be checked or unchecked depending on what sort of information you want to keep - I checked them all.

Under the "Applications" tab, used browser applications like Firefox and Opera can be cleaned out for you as well. Along with the browsers, CCleaner also looks through Adobe Acrobat, Nero, Google Earth, Office and Paint.NET to get rid of the extras you might not need.

After picking the options you want, you click on the 'analyse' button.
This then analyses your PC and tells you what it can clean up on your system, I was staggered to see that it could clean up 660gb on my computer, what a mucky PC I had!!
Then you simply click the 'Run Cleaner' button and the job's a good one!!

As well as the Cleaner, there is an "Issues" menu that takes a look at your Registry Integrity along with your File Integrity.

There is also a "Tools" menu. Here you can also uninstall some of the programs that you have on your computer. If you have an entry that's been hand deleted but still shows up in your Uninstall dir, you can easily just get rid of it by deleting the entry itself.
Under the "Tools" menu you're able to get rid of anything you don't want at Start-up.

Then there is the "Options" menu where you can set some personal settings. Here you can select the cookies you want to keep or how to customize CCleaner to be added to your Recycle Bin options.

IN CONCLUSION

I am so glad that I read that review on CCleaner, it has made such a difference to my PC, and I just hope that perhaps my review will help somebody else


I certainly recommend it

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Comments on this review

  • StephenPhillips123 published 24/10/2009
    First class review.
  • laramax published 24/10/2009
    Great review I just might give this a try
  • M.Newcastle published 24/10/2009
    Really detailed and informative, very useful. I tihnk I need this, stupid Windows updates mess my poor little laptop up for ages x
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