CCleaner is often widely known just for its capabilities to clean registry, delete temporary files and cookies. Actually CCleaner has much more capabilities built within it and I have covered those details in this article for you.
CCleaner Basic Features
For those who haven’t heard CCleaner, it is a simple tool from Piriform that helps you to clean up unwanted junk from your PC and improves the speed of your system. CCleaner also comes in professional and professional plus versions for which you have to pay, but take my word the free version is more than enough for home users.
The major areas that CCleaner covers in your system are browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari), Temporary Folders, Log Files (Event Viewer) and Registry.
CCleaner comes in both Installer and Portable versions so download one that suits your choice.
Now that we spoke about the basic stuff of what CCleaner does let’s have a look at some of the other unnoticed features of this cool tool.
Got duplicate files in your drives? CCleaner’s File Finder will help you to find them.
You can save the duplicate file list to a text file, just in case you want to clean them up later.
Before finding duplicate files you can also apply some filters that can ignore files of specific size, exclude directories, etc. Though I can’t say that CCleaner does a tremendous job in finding the duplicate files, I think this should be a good start.
Note: Find large files that occupy more space in your system using these top notch Disk Space Analyzers.
Enable/Disable Startup Programs
You might have used msconfig that helps you to configure the startup programs. CCleaner Startup not only displays boot up programs but additionally lists Extensions, Apps or Plugins that starts with your browsers like Firefox or Chrome.
The Context Menu tab lists all the programs that are available for you when you right click on a file, folder or a drive. You can either disable them or delete them once for all. I would suggest you to just disable them.
Note: You can also use other free opensource tools to remove items from your context menu easily.
Uninstall Programs Using CCleaner
You have to no longer access add/remove programs in windows, you can just uninstall programs from CCleaner itself, and in fact it loads the list of programs faster than windows. You can also export the installed program list to a text file.
If you are not sure about which program needs to be uninstalled then you should probably get Belarc Advisor. Belarc gives you details about programs than you haven’t used for quite some time using an indicator.
CCleaner Drive Wiper
You can use CCleaner Drive Wiper to erase just the Free Space or the complete hard drive itself. CCleaner provides a simple overwrite to a maximum of 35 passes to erase your data securely.
CCleaner is much more powerful than we all think and is a very useful utility to keep your system fresh and clean.