CCleaner is a utility software program developed by Piriform, which is now owned by Avast. It is designed to clean up and optimize the performance of computers running on Microsoft Windows. The name "CCleaner" stands for "Crap Cleaner," reflecting its primary function of removing unnecessary files and settings that accumulate over time and can slow down a computer's operation.

CCleaner can perform several tasks to free up space and improve system performance. Some of its key features include:

  1. Cleaning: CCleaner can delete temporary files, cache files, browser history, cookies, and other unnecessary data generated by various applications, including web browsers, system files, and third-party software.
  2. Registry Cleaner: It includes a registry cleaning feature that scans the Windows registry for invalid or obsolete entries. Removing these entries can help improve system stability and performance, although the impact is generally minimal.
  3. Software Uninstaller: CCleaner provides a tool to uninstall programs from your computer. It can help you remove unwanted or unused applications completely, including associated files and registry entries.
  4. Startup Manager: It allows you to control which programs launch automatically when your computer starts up. This feature can help you disable unnecessary startup items, which may speed up the boot process.
  5. Drive Wiper: CCleaner includes a secure file deletion feature that can permanently erase sensitive data from your hard drive. It offers several levels of data wiping, including the option to overwrite files multiple times to prevent recovery.
  6. Browser Plugins Manager: It provides a way to manage browser add-ons and extensions, allowing you to enable, disable, or remove them easily.

CCleaner is widely used by individuals and IT professionals to maintain and optimize Windows-based computers. However, it's worth noting that some of the advanced features, such as registry cleaning, may have limited impact on modern operating systems and can potentially cause issues if used incorrectly. Therefore, it's recommended to exercise caution and create backups before making any significant changes to your system with CCleaner or any similar software.

How do use use CCleaner to cleanup my computer?

  1. Download and install CCleaner.

  2. Open CCleaner and click on the "Scan for Issues" button. This will scan your computer for temporary files, browser history, and other unnecessary files that can be safely deleted.

  3. Once the scan is complete, click on the "Fix Selected Issues" button. This will delete the unnecessary files that were found during the scan.

  4. Next, go to the "Cleaner" tab and select the areas of your computer that you want to clean. These may include the browser history, temporary files, and other unnecessary files.

  5. Click on the "Run Cleaner" button to delete the selected files.

  6. You can also use the "Registry" tab to fix any registry errors that may have accumulated over time and causing issues.

  7. If you want CCleaner to run automatically in the background and clean your computer regularly, you can set it up in the "Options" menu.

  8. Finally, it is always recommended to backup any important files, before using any cleaning software.

Please note that the steps may vary depending on the version of CCleaner you are using, and it is always recommended to be cautious when cleaning the registry and make sure to backup it before making any changes.

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Downloads 15,552
Weekly downloads 116
Publisher Piriform
By cocochepeau
Created on 13 November 2019
Last update 10 March 2024
Category Cleaners
Operating system Android

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