Wednesday, February 6, 2008

CCleaner - Portable Freeware for Windows Maintenance

CCleaner freeware was included in almost all the popular listing of the best free software for the 2007 yearly reviews. CCleaner is short for “Crap Cleaner” - a perfectly appropriate name, with the program doing an excellent job of cleaning out unused and temporary files from the system that are accumulated over time during the normal computer use. This also includes quite accurate cleaning of Internet and PC usage tracks like browser cache, recently used files, web sites visited and more. User is able to select the items that he wants to be cleaned, and also specify the particular cookies that should be preserved on the computer. In addition, the program comes with a registry scanner that scans for invalid references with consecutive automatic fixing.

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The program is very small, fast, and effective, allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and freeing for user a good chunk of the hard disk space. There are five or six video manuals for the software proper use on YouTube, so you can just search for them there, if you prefer detailed visualization approach to get familiar with all program features. As usual, I prefer portable software for personal use, if available, as it does not require installation and can be run from the USB external drive or stick. You can download the portable version, kindly offered by the author.

The presented release 2.04.543 is the latest, and, in the future, you can simply run inquiry for the available updates from inside the program, clicking on the link Check for updates in the lower right corner. The software is a irreplaceable part of my portable USB maintenance and repair “toolbox”. It is highly recommended for the users of all levels of expertise.


Update 1: April 07, 20012

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I have decided to update the post, giving the latest software release v3.17.1689 from 27 Mar 2012 and stressing out that over the years CCleaner remains as one of the best utilities of its class. Check again the impressed list of features:

* Internet Explorer: Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat files.
* Firefox: Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history, form history.
* Google Chrome: Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history, form history.
* Opera: Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history.
* Safari: Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, form history.
* Other Supported Browsers: K-Meleon, Rockmelt, Flock, Google Chrome Canary, Chromium, SeaMonkey, Chrome Plus, SRWare Iron, Pale Moon, Phoenix, Netscape Navigator, Avant and Maxthon.
* Windows: Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files, Log files, Clipboard, DNS Cache, Error Reporting, Memory Dumps, Jump Lists.
* Registry Cleaner: Advanced features 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...
* Third-party applications: Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Windows Media Player, eMule, Google Toolbar, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more...
* 100% Spyware FREE: This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.

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