Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172820/beginner-geek-what-does-ccleaner-do-and-should-you-use-it/
These days, it seems like every Windows user has heard about CCleaner. It’s widely recommended, online and offline. But what exactly does CCleaner do, should you use it — and how often?
I've used ccleaner for years...wouldn't be without it.
If you are on a mechanical, spinning drive (not an SSD), defragmenting can help with performance. Removing extra unneeded files makes it easier to find contiguous space to place the files, and leaves fewer gaps as those temporary files go away. The main time I use CCleaner is right before I defrag, it makes the defrag take less time, and be more effective.
while it can delete Internet Explorer’s cache files, it won’t touch cache files for other browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
Not so! See below:
There's also an add-on for CCleaner called CCEnhancer, which is produced by a company by the name of SingularLabs, which is not affiliated with Piraform, the makers of CCleaner.
CCEnhancer adds many "rules" to the winapp2.ini file built into CCleaner - which provides all the cleaning options found in the man GUI menu.
You can read more about CCEnhancer and download it directly from the SingularLabs website.
Um... unless I'm extra-terribly mistaken, they were talking about Disk Cleanup, not CCleaner.
Sorry, I missread. I stand corrected. Why would I think an article about CCleaner would be about Disk Cleanup?
I think I'll stick with my wise care 365 pro I got for free from their sale
Um... no. He's telling you the features of Disk Management, then comparing them to CCleaner's.
I like CCleaner and use it occasionally but not as often as I'd like. The trouble I find with CCleaner is that it doesn't allow the user to have stored configurations. I rarely want to clean the whole lot, I usually want to clean the files from specific applications or just some of the file types of particular applications. It's tiresome and risky re-configuring CCleaner every time. Risky because I often don't understand the implications of every option.
What I would like to see is stored config files, call them profiles if you want, so I can easily choose to clean everything or just specific applications, or parts of applications.
This is always reliable and is Known Good Software. Been around since the 1990s and upgraded continually.
I know many don't like this type of software so this post is not for argument but consumer information only.
I've used CCleaner for many years BUT one ongoing problem I've had is that it will NOT remove browsing history from Chrome. Instead, I get a message advising that CCleaner cannot close Chrome (even when it is already closed) and asking if I want it forced to close. So I click 'yes', CCleaner finishes its job, but when I check Chrome history, it's untouched. I've noticed that this is a common complaint on internet forums too. Apart from that - strongly recommended.
I've put CCleaner on a few machines so users can use the startup manager. It's easier than Autoruns, and safer than MSConfig.
The article doesn't mention the Registry Cleaner, which is a big part of CCleaner. HowToGeek does not recommend the use of registry "cleaners", correct? I've used CCleaner's Registry Cleaner for years, with no issues, but I can't prove that it's done me any good. I do use the "Back Up Changes to Registry" option but I've never needed to use one of those backups.