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CCleaner  by Piriform  (Freeware)

Description

Probably the most popular freeware cleaner globally with over 1 billion downloads since its launch in 2003. Piriform’s CCleaner is a quick and easy to use program which makes your computer faster, more secure and more reliable. CCleaner removes cookies, temporary files and various other unused data that clogs up your operating system. This frees up valuable hard disk space allowing your system to run faster. Removing this data also protects your anonymity meaning you can browse online more securely. The built in Registry Cleaner fixes errors and broken settings to make your computer more stable. The simple, intuitive UI and rapid but powerful cleaning make CCleaner a favourite among novices and techies alike. Professional, Network, Business and Technician Editions of CCleaner are also available for serious users.

A Faster Computer

Browsing the internet your computer picks up a whole host of unnecessary files, cookies and history. The same thing happens when you run most programs on your computer – lots of temporary files and settings are saved. CCleaner removes these unused files and settings to free up valuable hard drive space, enabling your system to run faster. The default settings only focus on typical junk files and locations so you’re unlikely to lose important information unless you alter these. A Startup Cleaner also helps you to identify and remove unused programs running in the background when you start your computer. This makes the startup time shorter and puts less strain on your hard drive throughout use.

Less Crashes & System Errors

If you notice lots of system freezes, error messages and often experience crashes, the chances are your registry become cluttered with unused files and broken settings. CCleaner’s fully featured Registry Cleaner identifies these issues and fixes them. The registry analysis takes seconds and cleaning just a little bit longer. Prompts advise you when to save backups to avoid losing important data.

More Secure Browsing

Advertisers and websites track your behaviour online with cookies. Saved passwords, cached data and internet histories make your identity less secure. CCleaner removes these files to make your browsing experience confidential, meaning you are less likely to suffer from identity theft and/or online fraud. The military grade Drive Wiper ensures any data you want to be permanently deleted, stays deleted.

Customisable Cleaning

CCleaner Tools and Options tabs allow you to customise cleaning options to fit your needs. If you are not a savvy user, you might want to stick with the safe default settings. Advanced users can uninstall unwanted programs, select which cookies to save, customise cleaning settings and setup system monitoring.

Let CCleaner remove the Windows 10 default apps you can’t get rid of

As well as some useful tools, the default apps in Windows 10’s Start Menu and All apps list consists of Microsoft tools or partner products you may not need. Take ‘Money’, for example, which is Microsoft’s financial news service. If you’re planning for a mortgage or track financial markets, this might come in useful. If financial news isn’t your thing, you might not need this additional clutter on your PC. The Maps app is another example. If Google Maps is your go-to, you might want to delete this.

Your apps live in your All apps list and to access them quickly, can be pinned and unpinned to your Start Menu or taskbar. If apps are just getting in your way and you’re not sure you want them gone forever, simply right click on the app and click ‘Unpin from Start’ or ‘Unpin from taskbar’. Now you’ll only be able to access them from the All apps list. To bring them back to life, simply right click on the app and click ‘Pin to Start’ or ‘Pin to taskbar’. If you want apps gone forever, even from the All apps list, click on the app and choose ‘Uninstall’.

But here’s the catch
This doesn’t work for every app. Some Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 default apps have no uninstall option whatsoever. Maps for example, is built in. This is where CCleaner can help.

Windows 10 Start Menu

CCleaner makes managing apps easy by listing them all in one place and allowing you to uninstall them - even if they're built-in. To do this, open CCleaner and click on ‘Tools’. Simply select the unwanted app from the list and click ‘Uninstall’. 

CCleaner uinistall apps

A quick note: it is not possible to delete Microsoft's own browser Edge. Your best solution is to use another browser as your default and unpin Edge from your taskbar and Start Menu.

More than just an app manager
CCleaner also makes managing your startup items really easy. Instead of clicking on each app individually, as explained above, you’ll notice CCleaner lists them all in one place. To customize startup, click on each task and click ‘Enable’ or ‘Disable’. You can even action multiple items by holding down the ‘Shift’ key as you click. It’s that easy!

CCleaner customizes startup

Hopefully this blog post will inspire some of you readers to declutter and customize your PC so it’s just the way you like it!

Give it a go
You can download CCleaner here or if you fancy a few more features, start your free CCleaner Professional trial.

If you’re a Mac user download CCleaner for Mac, which has the same Uninstall and Startup functionality.

Summary

CCleaner has earned its position at the top of the freeware cleaners offering the sort of features premium programs struggle to compete with. The clean, intuitive UI makes it one of the easiest programs to use, but don’t let its size and simplicity fool you. This is a powerful utility for improving your computer's performance. Piriform’s regular update process means CCleaner is constantly improving and its popularity will continue to grow.