Speedy57 15:35 04 Oct 2007

Can anybody give me their opinion of what this programme is like. I have installed the programme and checked it out without remooving anything but I am hesitant to delete anything in case i get rid of something I should have deleted, any help would be appreciated

  JanetO 15:43 04 Oct 2007

It's good for clearing out stuff. You can always make a restore point first. There are options to exclude selected folders and files.

  Stuartli 15:47 04 Oct 2007

You'll find it particularly handy after installing/uninstalling hardware or software to run Issues.

It cleans out quite a bit with this alone.

  Lettervanman 15:54 04 Oct 2007

Beware of the latest version,in my case it deleted things that I had excluded.This was not the case with previous versions.

  sunny staines 16:17 04 Oct 2007

keep to default settings, never had a problem with it.

  crosstrainer 16:36 04 Oct 2007

Downloaded the new version, and it does include some required entries when it analyzes the registry....Only 2 in my case, and had I allowed it to delete them, it would not have been much of a problem.

ALWAYS backup your registry prior to cleaning. If you are unsure of a ticked entry, seek advice here!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:51 04 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.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:52 04 Oct 2007

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.

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