Ccleaner question

  Crazy legs 22:49 25 Oct 2007

Hello, just a quick question. On Ccleaner there are various options down the left (cleaner, registry etc etc).

On the cleaner section it list all the various different things which can be cleaned i.e. Temporary Files, Cookies etc.

Near the bottom of the list you have 'Advanced' with some various things that are shaded out and unticked, also the Start menu shortcuts and desktop shortcuts are also shaded out.

Why's this, also If I was to tick them would what happen after everythings being cleaned. Would I lose any programs or anything?

  Halmer 22:53 25 Oct 2007

you get an explanation and a chance to change your mind each time. In my view there's nothing to worry about but it's up to you.

  Totally-braindead 22:55 25 Oct 2007

Personally I don't touch any of the advanced options as I am not advanced enough myself to know exactly what these things do.
If you don't know, like me, then leave them well alone. Stick with the standard options as they have never screwed anything up (so far anyway).

Curiosity killed the cat. Or in this case your computer perhaps.

  woodchip 22:58 25 Oct 2007

I us CleanUp as its just my Preference, I feel it a safer program to use

  Fermat's Theorem 23:12 25 Oct 2007


I always wondered what was the information for which the cat was looking :-)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:13 25 Oct 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.

  SANTOS7 23:16 25 Oct 2007

Totally-braindead is right the default settings are really all you need, custom settings should only be used if you know what your doing, if you set it wrong you could end up deleting allsorts....

I use this prog on a regular basis and the default settings do exactly what i want them to do..

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