Let’s move to the “System” section:

system cleaning options

The system configuration helps to actually determine how good your PC performance would be. If CCleaner just clears the Recycle Bin, there is nothing to be proud about as there is hardly any effect on the Windows operation however removing waste from the temporary files is very important. Most people do not realize that they have huge amount of data stuck there which slows down the computer. Clearing the folder is considered to be a great safety feature.

A lot of Windows logs files that include deleted files and Chkdsk fragments can be deleted. Also cleaning the desktop icons and start menu waste is advisable as they hamper the PC performance.

While using CCleaner the so called “Advanced” functions are unchecked and you need feel unsafe as most of the items including the cache files are regenerated as Windows applies them later on. Under the ‘Options’ menu you can see ‘Custom Files and Folder’ towards the right margin and a lot of folders can be cleared by completing the settings here.

Configure, Confirm, Remove

Before you delete any of the folders or items you have selected, CCleaner allows you to check everything once again, which is a wonderful feature. You need to click on ‘Analyze’ and you’ll get the entire list of items selected to be removed:

area contents display

With this you’ll be able to manage all locations on Windows that can be removed by default and in case you are using Vista, CCleaner is capable of identifying the required folders and removing them accordingly.

Now, we can look up to the “Applications” tab:

This aspect of CCleaner can be improved, as of now it looks like this:

applications options list

Unfortunately, CCleaner is currently no t capable of cleaning up Firefox and if this feature can be added, it would be a great achievement. Also iTunes are not present along with applications like Real Player and others. But on the other hand with the newest version of CCleaner you can clean up the Windows Media Player, which is considered to be difficult to clean.

RegEdit clean up is another addition that is a little helpful as most users do not need it.

Now, once you have gone through the “Applications” and got them correctly configured you can click “Run Cleaner”.

Once you click the button you’ll get a pop up stating that you’ll lose all data and folders could not be obtained again. Now, this reminder is very useful and once you are sure, just click OK, to start cleaning.

clean warning

The speed of the cleanup is great, it completed the process in just a minute. At the end, CCleaner also displays the free space available on your hard disc.

space cleaned display

Cleaning the registry with CCleaner

Registry cleaners are probably the most used PC utilities from the web and there are a lot of discrepancies prevail about the capabilities of the cleaners. CCleaner offers the feature for free and on trying, here is what the results were:

CCleaner relieves you from the old junk that bogs down your PC due to broken connections and other unwanted junk. It analyzes the entire system and displays any problems with the registry. It also gives the option of resolution.

registry cleaner screen

On completion of the cleaning process, CCleaner warned problems with a new system that I tried the application on. Though the issues were not major and could be ignored they were at least shown up by the cleaner. A pop up said that in case you have issues while running certain files with the apt program you might have a mixed up registry, an issue that CCleaner can help to solve and help you avoid troubles.

Now, I clicked the “Fix selected issues” (Also to mention CCleaner provides the option to uncheck the items you are not confident of cleaning).

At the end a safety pop up appears that asks if I’d want to take a back up of my registry prior to any kind of installation. It is highly recommended to avoid any Windows issues later on.

backup dialog


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