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~CCleaner... Is it worthy???

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January 18, 2012 1:54:57 AM

I have some questions about the program CCleaner:

1: Does CCleaner actually work?
2: When CCleaner shows that it finds Registry Errors, are they actually Errors?
3: What Exactly does CCleaner actually fix?
4: Is CCleaner worth using as a Diagnostic Tool on Customer's Computers?
5: If CCleaner is not recommended, then what would you use in place of?

I would really appreciate feedback on all of these questions. I really just want a Diagnostic Tool that will check for all types of Errors and have the capability to repair and/or delete leftover, unused program files, folders and such without corrupting any important/used OS Files for ALL versions of Windows and/or Mac.

If you have an other program that you recommend I am up for suggestions.

Thank you.

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January 18, 2012 2:37:49 AM

CCleaner just get's rid of your temp files and cleans it out a bit.... like washing your hands... registry wise... I don't use it, trust or think about using anything.... Every Cert I have done has recommended not to use them... they usually create more errors than they fix... So don't use the registry side of CCleaner IMO. I got a Super clocked rig and Im fussy most of the time on what goes onto it/ comes of it data/application wise... and I don't think I would benifit from CCleaner that much at all...
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January 18, 2012 2:55:40 AM

1). I guess so. It finds and deletes stuff, which is what it is supposed to do.
2). Don't really know
3). Cleans up temp files and all the junk that accumulates in the background when you use a computer.
4). I use it personally, but I'm probably not as demanding on myself as customers would be. :D  The truth is that it really doesn't do much (not necessarily a bad thing), but for cleanup it does well.
5). Another program I've used is EasyCleaner. Not as fast (maybe more thorough, but not sure), not as pretty interface wise, but has some cool features like a chart that breaks out disk usage.

I've used CCleaner without any problems, but only on my personal computers. Even the registry cleaner has caused no problems. Then again, I don't know if it has done any good either.
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January 18, 2012 3:04:45 AM

Yes its worthy. I use it to clean up all my junk files and I also use the registery cleaner. When you choose to use it CCleaner will prompt you if you would like to make a back up of the registery first. It helps get rid of all those unused registery entries that might be left over from software.
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January 18, 2012 3:09:06 AM

I use it, on my PC and on those that I fix. Mainly as a way of cleaning up hard drive space caught up in various temps and occasionally, for a registry cleanup. Haven't run into any problems so far, and it works wonders on older PC's (P4's etc).
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January 18, 2012 3:26:23 AM

The only way anyone can tell if it does what it says it does is if you clone two Hdd's and run a CC on one... then run a benchmark...

And then load the OS again (don't run a CCleaner) and run another benchmark

> Same Rig
> Same Spec's

And at the end of that I would tell you that it wouldn't increase the performance of a PC by much at all. If anything 1-1.5% at the absolute max. Go ask a local Microsoft Certified Tech at a computer store.. they will say the same.

Not to mention it works differently with every OS/Hardware and user's application..

Read more here;
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...
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January 18, 2012 3:26:42 AM

PC World Mag. recently tested a variety of cleaner type utilities on a variety of computer types (lappys, gamers, jack of all trades) and they found that there was no benifit to them it terms of system speed up (http://www.pcworld.com/article/195859/are_registry_clea...). CC is a convenient way to clear cached data from browsers, temp files and similar items. No one should use a reg. cleaner unless they are knowledgeable and review each trace being flagged.
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January 18, 2012 3:28:17 AM

Right on DogSnake!

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January 18, 2012 3:38:34 AM

Yes, CCleaner is easy way to keep PC clean and u can easily see when somebody never used any cleaner and after a few years of dirt, CC finds couple of gigs of dirt! : )
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a b $ Windows 7
January 18, 2012 3:39:34 AM

That's why its not CSpeeder, its CCleaner.
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January 18, 2012 3:43:00 AM

skaz said:
That's why its not CSpeeder, its CCleaner.

Yep, and its free....
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January 18, 2012 3:51:49 AM

nikorr said:
Yep, and its free....


This is true
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January 18, 2012 3:59:17 AM

1: Does CCleaner actually work?
2: When CCleaner shows that it finds Registry Errors, are they actually Errors?
*cleaner, not error "fixer"
3: What Exactly does CCleaner actually fix?
*nothing
4: Is CCleaner worth using as a Diagnostic Tool on Customer's Computers?
*if diagnosis is needed then this is not your solution. if diagnosis is not needed and this is a customer's computer you only risk breaking it.
5: If CCleaner is not recommended, then what would you use in place of?
*a clean OS install will improve boot time.


CCleaner is fantastic as a general tool, but manage your expectations.
1- cleans misc unwanted files from your computer including hotfix uninstallers. A good analogy would be that it sweeps the floor, does not mop it.

2- cleans the registry of entries that are no longer used such as "unused file extensions". Same sweeps instead of mops.

3- offers a method of wiping unused space on any attached hdd, maintaining the OS and working data. From 1 - 35 overwrites, this locks the car door but does not protect you from someone willing to break the window.

4- offers an on/off toggle for start-up programs; although autoruns is better.
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January 18, 2012 4:08:26 AM

amdiesen said:
1: Does CCleaner actually work?
2: When CCleaner shows that it finds Registry Errors, are they actually Errors?
*cleaner, not error "fixer"
3: What Exactly does CCleaner actually fix?
*nothing
4: Is CCleaner worth using as a Diagnostic Tool on Customer's Computers?
*if diagnosis is needed then this is not your solution. if diagnosis is not needed and this is a customer's computer you only risk breaking it.
5: If CCleaner is not recommended, then what would you use in place of?
*a clean OS install will improve boot time.


CCleaner is fantastic as a general tool, but manage your expectations.
1- cleans misc unwanted files from your computer including hotfix uninstallers. A good analogy would be that it sweeps the floor, does not mop it.

2- cleans the registry of entries that are no longer used such as "unused file extensions". Same sweeps instead of mops.

3- offers a method of wiping unused space on any attached hdd, maintaining the OS and working data. From 1 - 35 overwrites, this locks the car door but does not protect you from someone willing to break the window.

4- offers an on/off toggle for start-up programs; although autoruns is better.
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5- has a better program uninstaller than windows itself!
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January 18, 2012 4:28:50 AM

I am really just trying to see if there is an actual Decrappifier/Registry Cleaner that is up to par with how I myself do the service of decrappifying a customer's computer without the Tedious Manual Registry Cleaning.
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January 18, 2012 4:30:38 AM

FnIrish said:
I am really just trying to see if there is an actual Decrappifier/Registry Cleaner that is up to par with how I myself do the service of decrappifying a customer's computer without the Tedious Manual Registry Cleaning.

They are pretty much all the same.

They don't fix registry, they just remove broken keys.
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January 18, 2012 9:56:43 AM

use Uniblue Registry cleaner
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January 18, 2012 10:14:17 AM

I use the registry cleaner option on CCleaner however I always take the tick off the unused extensions option.

I've never had any issues and it has actually solved a few issues for me as well. Mainly when an application has added a right click option for explorer which has been left over during the installation.

The file cleaner is good and the un-installation tab/section saves a lot of time especially on windows XP or older.

Its best to run the file cleaner before running any AV or ad/mal/spyware scans as it will reduce the scan time massively.

A not so publicized thing about CCleaner is the portable build (link to download page) which can be ran off a flash drive or from a network location.
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January 18, 2012 10:53:54 AM

CCleaner is probably the best utility for cleaning all those temp files off your PC. You can easily recover a few GB using it.

Its registry cleaner is simple, and doesn't do as good a job as some of the other options out there. But I've yet to run into a single problem using it either.

CCleaner is a must install for all PC's, in my mind.
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January 18, 2012 11:42:58 AM

I use it to tidy up, both file and registry wise. Even without proven performance gains, I think most enthusiasts are OCD enough to run it pretty regular.

It's even more helpful with non enthusiasts, everyday users that don't really know all the ins and outs of their PC or it's software. I recently ran through a laptop for a friend of mine that has basically been on "default" mode since they bought it. CCleaner reported it had accumulated over 5 gigs of temporary, removable files and well over 1000 removable registry entries.
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January 18, 2012 4:37:44 PM

It is not worthy..

EVERY time that i have seen it used by an average user it resulted in programs not working and important cache missing.

I am A+ certified and would not use it myself.
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January 18, 2012 4:42:31 PM

xx_pemdas_xx said:
It is not worthy..

EVERY time that i have seen it used by an average user it resulted in programs not working and important cache missing.

I am A+ certified and would not use it myself.

OK, what is important cache missing?
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January 18, 2012 4:47:19 PM

nikorr said:
OK, what is important cache missing?


Microsoft powerpoint regristrey was missing, also its cache was missing. ( resulting in need for complete system wipe and start over. )
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January 18, 2012 4:55:51 PM

xx_pemdas_xx said:
Microsoft powerpoint regristrey was missing, also its cache was missing. ( resulting in need for complete system wipe and start over. )

OK, but are u sure that CC is the culprit here?

And it could be excluded from the cleaning.

I've never heard of anyone complaining about CCleaner. In 99% its user fault if something like this happened.

Anyway the system restore could help here, wouldn't?

Or repair or re-install of the app itself should do it, if sys restore would fail.

I hope u agree that the user is in fault here : )
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a b $ Windows 7
January 18, 2012 4:58:51 PM

Like any tool, it depends on whether it's used appropriately. For removing temp files and other jink I use Steven Gould's Cleanup which is much more limited in its scope and I'm not afraid of users breaking their systems with it.

http://www.stevengould.org/index.php?Itemid=69&id=15&op...

As for Ccleaner, I use it to "clean up" after program uninstalls. For example, if I just uninstalled a nVidia GFX card, I might want to clean out the registry of all things nVidia before installing the new card.

I would not use it to find errors and "select all" to remove them as there's bound to be an entry or two that actually belongs. Again, used to find and remove specific registry entries, it's great tool, but using anything to blanket remove all things it "thinks" are unnecessary is playing w/ fire.
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January 18, 2012 5:03:26 PM

^ that's funny, I've been using CCleaner so I wouldn't have to have to do complete system wipes. And it works.
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January 18, 2012 9:02:59 PM

festerovic said:
^ that's funny, I've been using CCleaner so I wouldn't have to have to do complete system wipes. And it works.


CCleaner aint superman bro, I don't think it could save an OS.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 18, 2012 9:43:24 PM

it fixes some heinous things that have happened, where I would have just wiped and started over. Just my experience.
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a c 420 $ Windows 7
January 18, 2012 10:14:00 PM

Total downloads: 23,562,733 < Worthy? You Judge

I think people like it ^

[:briovaz:3]
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January 18, 2012 10:22:32 PM

festerovic said:
it fixes some heinous things that have happened, where I would have just wiped and started over. Just my experience.


Pretty cool story brah,

But it's incapable of repairing operating systems,
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January 18, 2012 10:31:58 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Total downloads: 23,562,733 < Worthy? You Judge

I think people like it ^

[:briovaz:3]


You know what else has thousands of downloads?

Trojan-Wimwad-Agent-32-Varient... The number of downloads for that application don't mean anything. Some of the worst rated Internet security applications got tons of downloads. There are more people in the word that are clueless about computers, rather than computer sabby...

Start telling randoms that the application "Awesome Ball" (useless application) will speed up your iphone by 60% and it would get millions of hits....

http://itunes.apple.com/app/awesome-ball/id308174381?mt...

CCleaner cleans her out, but it's not a program worth bragging up, IMO.

Toms should run benchmarks to prove this.
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a c 420 $ Windows 7
January 18, 2012 10:34:18 PM

Piriform provides free apps that actually work!
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a b $ Windows 7
January 18, 2012 10:42:28 PM

I understand that, I like Piriform...

Just giving an example to show that the amount of downloads on an application doesn't really make it a good product.
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January 19, 2012 12:51:01 AM

CCleaner isn't a miracle cure. It's simply a nice tool for tidying up a system. I use it commercially in my IT department at work, on every single PC I touch, and I use it on every single PC that comes my way privately. It's never caused a single problem, not once. I use it to clean all the application options, and I use it to clean the registry. I don't even backup the registry anymore, because I'm that confident in it. Not only does it clean up the fragmented, unneeded, and unwanted crap on a system, but wiping the free space can improve performance (though the process takes time). I've even had CCleaner resolve some run time errors.

As an uninstaller, it's not the best. I prefer Revo Uninstaller, though CCleaner does the job.

CCleaner is a top notch piece of software, and you should use it with confidence.
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January 19, 2012 1:25:14 AM

just my 2 cents here...

I've used Ccleaner from the time they changed the name from its original Crap Cleaner to the more pc name of Ccleaner... something like version .5x or so. I started using it on Win2000, ME, and 98 as well as the new tool XP (at the time). I have never had it mess anything up with any computer I've run it on, including Servers, yes Servers...

Yes it mainly "sweeps up the dust bunnies" but as any tech worth his or her salt will tell you, in those "dust bunnies" of latent temp files is where 90% of the malware hides.

I use it rather than any of the other Reg/temp file remover out there because it is "safe" for the average user to use, when set correctly, instead of just emptying the recycle bin.

I value it for it's ease of use, the ability to "unclutter" the registry, the Start Items disable, and occasionally the uninstaller.

I like the selectiveness you can set in the "Cleaner" Section. However if I am on a system that I suspect has issues, I start the cleaning with the ATF tool and dump everything "TEMP" it is much more invasive than Ccleaner.

Are there better tools out there to do the job it does, I am certain there are. Me personally and professionally, I'll stick with Ccleaner.
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January 21, 2012 8:58:04 PM

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January 21, 2012 9:06:18 PM

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