A tried and true Windows cleanup utility

Originally call Crap Cleaner, the nice people at Piriform have come over all genteelish and renamed it CCleaner. It’s still the same excellent little free Windows utility for cleaning a load of garbage off your computer.

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CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes redundant files from your system – the clutter that Windows habitually leaves behind. It can help your PC to run more snappily and it will free up disc space.

It can remove the dirty footprints of your Internet history and it has an effective registry cleaner. It’s fast, it’s free, and it doesn’t contain spyware.

It’s compatible with all versions of Windows: XP and earlier, Vista, Windows 7, 32 and 64-bit.

A lot of experts decry registry cleaners and cleanup utilities, suggesting that they may crash your system. I’ve been using Ccleaner for years on my own PCs and those of my family and friends: it’s never caused a problem. I’ve also advised its use many times as a solution to problems posted on the Experts’ Exchange and have never received negative feedback.

Having said that, there’s always a first time. Particularly if your installation is already in a dubious state. So before carrying out any maintenance on your computer always back up your data files first. Then install imaging software if you don’t already have it and create an image which can be used to restore your computer to a previous state in case of disaster.

An extract from Piriform’s website:

Cleans the following:

Internet Explorer  Internet Explorer
Temporary files, history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat files.
Firefox  Firefox
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.
Google Chrome  Google Chrome
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history.
Opera  Opera
Temporary files, history, cookies, download history.
Apple Safari  Safari
Temporary files, history, cookies, form history.
Other Browsers  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  Windows
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files, Log files, Clipboard, DNS Cache, Error Reporting, Memory Dumps, Jump Lists.
Registry  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…
Applications  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…
Safe  100% Spyware FREE
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.
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And in closing

Get Ccleaner right here.

Did I mention backup your stuff?

And imaging?