Do you feel your system is not running smoothly as when you bought PC or formatted your OS? This is because after installation of many softwares, internet usage etc. leaves a lot of cache, unused files and registry files also with errors. The cache eat much of your valuable HDD space where as the useless registry files make your OS run slow. This is also because the existing windows uninstaller is not so efficient. So we have an excellent All-in-one (AIO) system optimizer and cleaning tool "CCleaner" from Piriform, often pronounced as CC Cleaner at first glance.
CCleaner is very popular tool so it requires no introduction. But if you haven't used it yet, have a look at the features below.
CCleaner can wipe up traces, cookies, index.dat and internet history from popular web browsers Opera, Firefox, Google Chrome, Flock and Internet explorer. This free tool frees up memory by removing old prefetch data, DNS cache, INI files, temporary internet files, history and more in no time. Apart from windows application CCleaner supports various third party applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Reader, Foxit, Google Earth, Nero, MS Office, Open office, SeaMonkey, DAP, Flash Player, 7-Zip, WinRAR, WinZip, and the list may go even longer.
Fix Registry Errors
CCleaner efficiently removes the useless registry files left by the uninstaller, and fixes if any registry error is found. If you are afraid if removal of an unknown file may cause problem, CCleaner can take the backup of registry files before removing them. Now there is no need to use the windows registry editor [regedit] and clean registry manually.
It's discussed many times that windows installer/uninstaller is very inefficient. You must use a third party uninstaller to remove programs to make sure no file is left behind. CCleaner also incorporates an easy to use uninstaller with it. Want to tell your friends how many softwares you have? With CCleaner you can create a list of all installed softwares and windows components just by one click.
Does your system takes much time to boot up? This is because software updaters and other applications start up when windows starts. You can select and disable the applications. If you no longer want the program to run, delete the key permanently. In image the gray text shows the disabled applications.
System Restore & Other Tools
Here you can remove the system restore points created by windows, this will surely free up a lot more space. Unfortunately you can't select to create a restore point or restore windows from here. Ccleaner also includes include exclude feature, with this you can include/exclude any file or folder for the next operation viz cleaning, deleting, etc. You can also manually select the internet cookies to delete. On top of the interface it displays the version, windows version and the system configuration.
On overall this free tool is very useful and has must have features. Using this you will definitely experience some boost up in speed and performance of windows. CCleaner supports both 32bit and 64bit versions of windows and latest windows 7, soon coming windows 8 too. Piriform has been adding supports to many more software. I found some inside news that they will soon jump to ccleaner 3.x version with many new features and more supports for non web browsers. I hope they do improve the system restorer part.
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