CCleaner users

  sunny staines 20:27 21 Dec 2006

Thinking of using this program to clean up the registry & other debris. there seems to be a lot of settings, looked at a few web sites. anyone offer any advice on any particle settings to deselect, [i'm not too good at playing around with the registry]want the play safe options.

was usining system works 2005 but now getting too many false positives on the one button check up.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:40 21 Dec 2006

CCleaner (short for "Crap Cleaner") 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: We 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.

  Jackcoms 20:41 21 Dec 2006

Under Windows:

Under Internet Explorer select everything except 'History'.

Under 'Windows Explorer' and 'System' select everything.

Under Advanced select 'Old preftech data', ITS Log Files' and 'Hotfix Uninstallers'.

Under Applications select everything.

You should also run 'Issues' and you can safely delete all that it finds.

  [email protected] 20:42 21 Dec 2006

ive had it 6 months standard settings, ie all but autocomplete ticked never removed anything but [email protected]*p! like it says on the tin! have to reenter some passwords never had a problem excellant program and it removes loads in a couple of seconds, give it a look

  bluto1 21:57 21 Dec 2006


  Input Overload 22:37 21 Dec 2006

I could do with CCleaner at work in my garage ;-) 23:46 21 Dec 2006

unticked, as there were a few issues with it some time ago. Maybe they fixed it by now.

Also make sure you back up when using the 'Issues'. Things can go wrong when messing with the registry!

  J B 23:55 21 Dec 2006

I never have the Hotfix Uninstallers checked because I read somewhere that you should keep them. Is this not true now, can I safely get rid of them or what? J.B.

  rdave13 00:46 22 Dec 2006

I leave the "old prefetch data " unticked. click here

  Stuartli 00:57 22 Dec 2006

You can safely remove any Prefetch data - Windows does it in any case after just over 100 entries - and the data will quickly build up again.

  Taff™ 08:52 22 Dec 2006

Bookmarked for reference on Boxing Day!

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