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Old 10-06-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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This hdd cleaner was suggested in this article: Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Best Windows Downloads.

I wanted to know if you guys thought it would be safe to use, and not cause any problems? If not, what software should I use if any?

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CCleaner is a great safe way to remove Temp files.I run it every few weeks or so. You get the same results by running the Windows Disk Cleanup.
Download the CCleaner close all open windows and browsers, and click Analyze, then Run Cleaner. to safely remove temp files.
Do not run the Registry Cleaner portion of the program as this may cause more problems then it solves.

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CCleaner is efficient and highly recommended.
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Well great, but what does it do differently than Windows Disk Clean-up
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CCleaner can do a better job at cleaning temporary files that Windows Disk Checkup does not check.

Make your way to this website here: CCleaner - Download


On the first column where it says "Download from:" click on Piriform.com




The software should now ask you to either Run, Save or Cancel. Click on Run.


You should now see the onscreen CCleaner setup guide. Click Next >




If asked to agree to their terms and services then click on I Agree.

You may be asked to install either Ask! or Google Toolbar. Installing unnecessary toolbars will cause security holes along with a slower browser. Untick the box for the Ask! or Google Toolbar.

Once CCleaner has fully installed click the Finish button and CCleaner should open up.

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With CCleaner running:

Before running CCleaner be sure to tick the correct boxes.

Under both the Programs Tab and the Applications Tab be sure that any item with a blue surrounding box is ticked and any items with a red surrounding box is unticked.



In the bottom of the CCleaner click on Analyze button. After that is finished you will see a list of what files will be deleted. Once finished click on Run Cleaner



Once finished analyzing that files will be deleted click the Run Cleaner button.

Once finished it will show you how much data has been removed. You can now close out of the program.

Do not use CCleaner's Registry Cleaner as it could cause problems for your computer! A TSF colleague, miekiemoes, has an excellent write up here.
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Well great, but what does it do differently than Windows Disk Clean-up
I can't say for certain it is more efficient than Windows cleaner but it is certainly more informative.
Run Windows cleaner and then follow up with CCleaner to see what Windows cleaner missed.
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What about Revo Uninstaller?
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I don't both with Revo Uninstaller. The normal Windows uninstaller will do just fine.
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I've had good luck with Revo.

It does a better job at the uninstallation and it will scan for leftover registry keys that are not removed.

For best results, install Revo before any installations or removals.
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last time I looked, windows diskcleaner will not get third party temporary files such as firefox, opera, and many many others. It is also very, very slow. Personally I use ccleaner because it will get the temporary files created by most major programs and utilities. There is also an addon for ccleaner which I use to get the others.
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I've had good luck with Revo.

It does a better job at the uninstallation and it will scan for leftover registry keys that are not removed.

For best results, install Revo before any installations or removals.
For some reason or other, the free version of Revo will not list 64bit programs so will be unable to uninstall those.

CCleaner includes an Uninstaller but as I've never used it, I cannot vouch for its effectiveness - for a 3rd party Uninstaller I prefer to use Iobit's which I find is much easier to use than Revo and it picks up all programs as well as having other attributes (as per the article).
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For some reason or other, the free version of Revo will not list 64bit programs so will be unable to uninstall those.

CCleaner includes an Uninstaller but as I've never used it, I cannot vouch for its effectiveness - for a 3rd party Uninstaller I prefer to use Iobit's which I find is much easier to use than Revo and it picks up all programs as well as having other attributes (as per the article).
(Revo) I wasn't aware. After a bit of testing, I purchased the full version.
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(Revo) I wasn't aware. After a bit of testing, I purchased the full version.
Iobit would have saved you some money

But just for the thread title - CCleaner can do a lot more than just clean out Temp Internet Files.
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Revo is a very thorough uninstaller and I highly recommend it. I use it and install it on most of retail builds.
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I agree that Revo is thorough but on two occasions when I tried to use it, the programs I wanted to uninstall were not listed and it was later that I found the free version I was using did not list those programs as they were 64bit.

Iobit had no problem with them at all.

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