I posted before about CCleaner, now its time to go into a little more detail and explain how its used. CCleaner is mainly used for deleting temporary files and cleaning history files in Windows. Its customizability and many features make it one of the best tools to perform these maintenance tasks. There are four main functions represented by buttons on the left side, these buttons are:
- Cleaner - allows you to remove files or objects from Windows and other installed applications. These include temporary Internet files, cookies and the history of several web browsers, system files such as the Recycle Bin and log files and Windows Explorer information such as recent documents or thumbnail cache. Also, third party applications such Adobe Reader, Quicktime and Java as well as Windows related applications like Wordpad and Paint can be cleaned as well.
- Registry - this section contains all the common items which are normally included in Windows registry cleaners, such as missing shared dlls that have remained on the system after uninstalling software on the computer, unused file extensions, installers and obsolete software. It allows you to backup entries before you delete.
- Tools - contains a software uninstaller, startup programs manager and a system restore manager. The uninstaller loads much faster than Add/Remove Programs which you find in the Windows Control Panel. In the startup programs manager you can also modify your programs that are set to run when your computer starts.
- Options - this section allows you to tune your CCleaner settings. It’s also where you mark any cookies you want to keep and folders to exclude from cleaning.
It is quite easy to use CCleaner because with only few clicks you can clean your full computer. The “Analyze” button is used if you just simply want to see what is there to be cleaned before cleaning. To run the cleaner “Analyse” and then click the “Run Cleaner” button or just click the “Run Cleaner” button if you want to run straight through it like I do. The output window above will display a complete list of the analysis or cleaning process.
The registry section will help you find errors and old entries in the system registry. To use, simply press the “Scan for Issues” button and once completed press the “Fix All Selected Issues” button. You will be prompted to make a backup, select “Yes” and you will be brought through the process, it’s best to save the backup in your documents in case of anything going wrong.
Now after you finished with cleaning you may go to Tools tab where you have the options
“Uninstall” and “Startup”. These two features you already have in Windows and they are not any different to those in CCleaner, but CCleaner is faster. Uninstall programs by clicking them to highlight them and then click “Run Uninstaller”. Removing programs that aren’t essential from StartUp” can speed up your computer, but be careful because some programs are necessary and windows can’t work without them. You can just click on any and then click “Disable”.