Step 5: CCleaner

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"CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and at the same time freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities, such as your Internet history. Additionally, it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)"

CCleaner Home Page

CCleaner download page

I have found that this actually deletes your Internet info and other items a lot faster than using Internet Explorer’s option! This can also delete files that are hidden on your computer from programs that have been uninstalled. This also allows you to stop or delete processes that startup when you turn on your computer. It also finds unused files that are just taking up space. This program will also delete programs off of your computer, much like Add/Remove programs.

The program itself is only about 3MB. The program is extremely easy to use and once you adjust your custom settings it will save them for every time it runs. This will also give you information on your ram, processor, and more.

Overall, it is a great tool to have on your computer, just make sure you read carefully when checking the boxes for cleanup. If you don't understand what it does, leave it unchecked. I am not trying to advertise for this program, use at your own risk.

You can also do the following:
Startup Options
Remove System Restore Points
Uninstall Programs

Note: Be careful to uncheck unwanted tool bars while installing.

zaidmark2 years ago
Though CC Cleaner is good choice to get your registry cleaned, but sometimes it either takes too long or stuck while optimizing cleaning. Therefore, i have recently switched to a new registry optimizer named Registry Recycler which for me is quite an excellent registry optimizing software. It is fast and free.

shortw5 years ago
Go here to get free Tune-up utility 2008 with key......http://techravings.info/2009/04/chipde-gives-tuneup-utilities-2008-for-free-as-easter-promotion.html This is free and it works, I got it for about 4 month now. Also I am using www.eusing.com they have free cleaners that are good and free. And last I am using ad-aware.
my computer currently has trend micro internet security pro (latest verison) installed on it
this contains a registry cleaner
should i bother with this one?
No, but CCleaner may find other registry files, and might be worth a try. It also has a lot of other useful tools.
Is this really free? I downloaded it from your link, and it scans then askes if I want to purchase, I click no, it fixes the first 8, then thats it. What am I doing wrong?
lukethebook333 (author)  crazed rhetoric5 years ago
You might have clicked the wrong link. Filehippo has ads that try to trick you. Make sure you installed CCleaner, and yes, it's 100% free. On the page, click on the

Latest Version


This is on the right hand side, near the top. Let me know if this doesn't fix your problem.