CCleaner is a completely free and effective program for ridding your PC of unused and unwanted files that slow it down. The software is fast, contains no spyware or adware and has been the trusted choice of many for years. In addition to removing unused files, such as Windows Log Files, CCleaner can also clean up a user’s browser and the computer’s registry. The currently supported browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari.
With other programs, users often find that more was deleted than they expected and wanted. CCleaner gives you the flexibility to choose what type of information you want to delete and keep. For instance, if you like that the browser saves your passwords so you do not have to keep re-typing them, CCleaner allows you to uncheck “Saved Passwords” so you will not lose them.
The registry cleaner is exceptionally useful, as it will remove obsolete and damaged software that is unused and slows down the computer. Unlike a browser’s cache, registry files are much more difficult to search through manually and they build up quite quickly. Users may be surprised to find how many useless registry files are on their computer.
Finally, the Tools tab allows users to uninstall programs, manage their startup applications, manage system restore points and wipe their hard drive. Creating a new restore point regularly is a great and easy way to ensure that there is a quick fix to most problems you encounter on the PC because it restores your computer to an earlier date when everything worked. Another issue with many computers is that they take a long time to start up. The Startup feature of CCleaner shows you the programs that start up with your computer and allows you to disable them. The more unnecessary programs there are, the longer it will take the computer to turn on.
System Requirements: Windows (Mac version available)
Size: 3.82 MB
Price: Free; Professional $24.95; Business Edition $34.95