Ccleaner is our first essential software pick.
CCleaner from Piriform Software is a tool that I have been using for a long time now. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if I have been using it since its initial launch in September 2003.
It is on every PC I own. It is on my parent’s laptops, my sister’s laptops. Heck it’s even on my android tablet.
So what is CCleaner?
Ccleaner is a piece of utility software that scans for and removes unwanted junk files from your system. It removes temporary internet files, files left over from software installations or removals, temp files, browser histories, cookies and misc. data from software such as Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox.
Yes all of those junk files can be removed manually (and I did used to do weekly manual maintenance on my own system weekly.) But who has time for that?
Not only does it make cleaning up junk files easy it also has some additional useful features. Ccleaner also includes a registry cleaner for removing orphaned entries or missing .DLL references. It can wipe empty space on your hard drive. It can even be used to remove system restore points.
CCleaner also has the ability to uninstall software much like add/remove programs does. However what makes the removal tool that much better is the ability to remove those unwanted Windows apps in Windows 10 that Microsoft have made rather difficult to remove unless you are a dab hand in PowerShell. This is a feature that I use a lot.
CCleaner also allows you to control what programs start when you turn your computer on. Much like msconfig did or how the start-up tab in task manager does in Windows 10.
And the BEST thing of all. CCleaner is FREE. Yes Free.
Piriform also have two paid versions of CCleaner available with additional features.
The Professional version offers better cleaning, real-time junk monitoring, automatic history cleaning and auto-updating. And the Professional Plus version also adds defragmentation, file recovery and hardware analysis.
So there you have it. A wonderful piece of software that has saved me huge amounts of time over the years and can do the same for you.
Check it out here and also check out Piriform’s other software while you are there.