CCleaner is perhaps the most popular set of tools for cleaning the operating system. CCleaner has three versions, but we will consider the simplest – free.

Program installation

CCleaner installation package weighs less than 8 MB, run the resulting file. The “Configure” button allows you to change the standard installation parameters, as well as some parameters of the Ccleaner program itself.

CCleaner installation options

The “More” item (here you have the localization) allows you to select a folder for installing the program and users. Click “Install” and wait just a couple of seconds. All is ready. In the standard configuration, when you try to close CCleaner through the “cross” icon, the program minimizes to tray and continues to run in the background. Only the most important programs should start through auto-run and hang in the background, the system cleaner does not apply to them. To disable this disgrace, click “Settings” – “Tracking”. CCleaner has a simple and nice interface. It’s hard to get lost. Even the free version of the program has a good set of tools for all occasions.

CCleaner system cleaning tool

It allows you to delete a whole bunch of different files of Windows itself, Internet Explorer, standard operating system programs, as well as third-party applications. From this list you can safely delete only temporary Windows files, but if you are not going to contact tech support for a problem with any program, you can delete memory dumps and Windows log files, and a Windows error report.

CCleaner registry cleaner

Detects and deletes junk entries in the Windows registry. Before cleaning, it suggests creating a backup copy of deleted registry branches in the .reg file format. If suddenly after cleaning up any problems arise, then the saved file just needs to be double-clicked and agreed to add data to the registry, deleted branches will be created again. True, I have never had problems with this tool.

Additional CCleaner tools

  • Service. Tool kit with additional functionality
  • Uninstall programs allows you to completely remove the existing program, or only its entries in the registry.
  • Auto-load. The startup manager allows you to disable the launch of third-party programs at Windows startup, as well as the tasks of the task scheduler of the operating system. A good tool helps with Skype, Mail Agent, Amigo browser and some other crap that doesn’t have a place to start up on Windows. Positive effect on Windows boot speed.
  • Browser add-ons. Allows you to disable or remove extensions in popular browsers.
  • Disk analysis. A statistical tool that shows how much space on a hard disk is occupied by files of certain formats. Displays a table with a list of found files sorted by size, and allows you to delete them.
  • Search for duplicates selects candidates for the doubles competition. But seriously, it is looking for copies of the same file scattered across the disk.
  • System restore allows you to delete system restore points, all but the last.
  • Erase discs. Overwrites free disk space for the inability to recover deleted files, or destroys all files on the disk at all.

CCleaner is a good free system cleaning toolkit for advanced users. We do not recommend installing CCleaner for beginners, since in the standard configuration this program removes a lot of unnecessary and the novice user will not figure out what is needed and what is not. The novice also can’t cope with the startup manager, and the tool for erasing disks in the hands of a housewife can become a weapon of mass destruction. Advanced users should keep the CCleaner in the nest, but for beginners it’s better not to mess with any “cleaners” and “optimizers”.

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