CCleaner query!

  gazmix 20:05 17 Dec 2007
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Hi
In CCleaner > applications. I see all my 3rd party programmes i downloaded that aren't Windows.

I see MSN Messenger, when i don't have that, i have Windows live Messenger.
Is this the same & if i leave it checked, what will it clean in WLM?.
Also in the same section, there's multimedia, utilities etc! What does it actualy clean?, would i lose things that run with Windows Media player for example?, just what does it clean?

Thanks

Gaz

  rossgolf 20:12 17 Dec 2007

it does not delete files onlt cache and un needed files
from personal experience anway

  aine 20:14 17 Dec 2007

Cleaner in applications will only clean out clutter, it will not delete programmes etc. As a matter of fact i have just run the cleaner while playing the Media player.It asks you if you are sure that you want to delete, if you are worried, untick it

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:34 17 Dec 2007

CCleaner (short for "Crap Cleaner") click here knows exactly where to find the files that slow down your computer. Get a quick understanding of CCleaner's features, and learn how to properly maintain your system to keep your computer quick and nimble.

Step 1: Focus your efforts

For a deep cleaning of your PC, you'll want to get into the nooks and crannies of your system. Using the Cleaner window (the default window when you launch CCleaner), you'll notice several checked boxes that indicate which areas of your computer will be cleaned. Most of the boxes are checked by default, so pay close attention if you only want to scrub certain areas. Tabs at the top offer the ability to clean Windows areas and other applications. Switching between the two tabs allows you to make your choices for a customized cleaning.

When you're done with your settings, click the Analyze button on the lower left to see which items will be cleaned. You'll see every file CCleaner will delete and also exactly how much memory will be returned to your system after the cleaning.

Note: It pays to peruse this list before hitting the Run Cleaner button to make sure you're not deleting something important. When you're ready, hit Run Cleaner and watch CCleaner go to work.

Step 2: Out with the old

The next step in our spring-cleaning protocol is akin to sorting through and cleaning out those old boxes in the garage. Click the Issues button on the left side of the interface to bring up another set of checked boxes. This set of tasks does everything from eliminating unused file extensions to trashing obsolete software. Uncheck the boxes you don't want to scan and click the Scan for Issues button. At the end of the scan you'll be given the option to click the Fix Selected Issues button.

Note: It is highly recommend you save your current Registry configuration at the prompt in case of a malfunction later. An additional window will ask if you wish to delete specific items. If you know of a specific item in the list that is not a problem, simply tell CCleaner not to fix it. Remember, if you save your configuration beforehand a mistake here is easily reversible.

Step 3: Uninstall and Startup manager


Windows comes with its own Add or Remove Programs utility, but it's often slow to load and not the easiest Control Panel item to configure. CCleaner quickly lists all of your active programs, and lets you highlight and uninstall software you no longer want. This part of the program utilizes tools already included in Windows, but the convenience and speed for quick uninstallations is tough to beat.

To manage your start-up programs, click the Startup button under the Uninstall button in the upper left of the interface. You'll see a list of active start-up items that launch when you boot up your system. Be very careful here: some items are not immediately identifiable and you wouldn't want to shut down your firewall, antivirus program, or any other important program.

Once you've run through the entire cleaning process, don't be surprised if your computer runs a bit faster. Depending on the capacity of your hard drive, you'll also free up a shocking amount of space if you haven't run a program like CCleaner recently.

  Stuartli 23:34 17 Dec 2007

I use CCleaner after every software or hardware Uninstall or Install to clean out unwanted Registry entries.

  gazmix 20:58 18 Dec 2007

Thanks
I have used CC for deleting things add/remove won't & it's good for that, i just don't want it to delete anything programmes in 'Applications'.

I have run it before & not unchecked any boxes in applications, so i assume it just deletes temp stuff that is leaft behind.

I was just concerned with what Fruitbat said in the 2nd paragraph of Step 1: of the post about deleting files. I mean in Applications, all my programmes are there!, i guess it just means temp files?, not the programmes!
Also, some of the things in 'startup', i'm unaware of!!
Thanks

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