The other day when i was with my computer (as usual), i noticed that it had grown a lot slower and slower and at some instances, it was fairly crashing minimal applications like Internet Explorer, Media Player and at one point (scared me with) the blue screen of death. Of course, the death part didn’t happen. But for the lot of these slowdowns and crashings, if you would have asked someone, you would have got a straightforward suggestion either in, “Get a good Anti-virus program, Bet your whole system is riddled with viruses and trojans” / Or /”Get a spyware or malware suite, that would sort something out”, or (the big thing)”FORMAT your computer!”.
That last part totally isn’t a suggestion i would take in for granted. C’mon, leaving alone formatting, isn’t there a limit to scanning and finding these kinda things?? what if the antivirus/spyware/malware doesn’t find anything? Whatever suite you use, paid or free, updated or not, what if i bet you will find your system in the same slow state. And No. Defragmenting wont help, even if you didn’t think about it. 😉
So let me try and bring the story from another angle.
Recently i have been installing and uninstalling a lot of programs and usually, trying to ‘successfully’ remove the bloatware that comes with new laptops. I noticed that, usually, on after a couple of uninstalls, there would something left back, some memory will still be taken, it would be an untagged file, an application, a dll, some TEMP files, Browsed pages, history or something. If more and more of those files are left around, the system will usually read through them during the booting/ start-up and that would obviously slow down the process. It also matters in another situation; suppose you are opening an installed program, say a newer version of it. You removed the program (the outdated one) and installed this newer version. This ‘removal’ process will show that the software has been removed, but you do you think that will happen? There will be traces left and it is these traces that we are supposed to remove.
We can do it one way
Manually: For removing history and all by going to INTERNET EXPLORER Options for clearing browsed data, history and stuff; Going to the TEMP directory to remove everything in that directory; playing around with the registry (in the case that you have exceptional knowledge to do so) to remove files and unrelated applications. Now all these takes time and and can be really annoying if you don’t have that time to spend.
So we end up with the other way: Automatic (with this software)
So, on the summary, i want to clean the ‘crap’ out of my computer.
Imagine my surprise when i got a software that does this all, prized along with with the same ‘notorious’ name tag. 🙂
CCleaner, originally known as ‘Crap Cleaner’ is a simplistic software that does a simple job: clean your computer. Well, cleaning a computer (software wise) is bit of a cluttered process. But with this software, you find that your computer has been effectively and efficiently wiped out of all the mess, and in due time too.
The download size is around 3.04 MB. And the installation is quick and steady. Click here to download.
After running this software for the first time, it required me to backup my registry file. This will be handy incase that something goes wrong (I reckon it will ever will). But it isnt that necessary, just a security measure. Later on you will asked before the changes are really made.
A set of four tabs will generalise your selection : Cleaner, Registry, Tools and Options.
This is where the program leftovers are detailed. Two sub-tabs namely Windows and Applications seperates the clutter found in the windows softwares like Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, System Recovery Folders and so. The Application Tab deals with the clutter left behind from third party softwares like Firefox and Opera browsers, Utility softwares etc.
First, you will have to run ANALYSE after selecting your preferred tab. This will show how much of junk is there on your computer and show how much space is being taken by them. It can show a shocking amount especially after a long gap from clean up. (I got 3.7 gb of unwanted data, and i got it cleaned from my C Drive. So it freed a lot of space cuz the C drive was just 10 GB in size and i was meddled with regular warnings : space is low!)
Next click on CLEAN for the process to be undertaken. Remember to back up important bookmarks or history files in the case you dont want them to dissappear.
Registry cleaning window
The next major tab is the Registry Tab. This shows all the ‘disconnected’ links of softwares, files and stuff that dont have any relevance for the existing programs on your PC. This includes removal of file extensions, ActiveX Controls, uninstallers, DLLs, application paths, invalid shortcuts. A back up of the registry is required here.
The third tab is my favorite: Tools. It has two sub tabs; Uninstall and Startup. The uninstall feature of CCleaner is quite sturdy and quick with its function. I know of a lot of programs that are just stubborn to remove themselves from the system, showing some irritating error or the other. With this tab, that problem is like it never existed. Quick and easy.
As for the Startup tab, its a minor version of your ‘msconfig’ command to control what all programs should start up along with the computer.
The next tab is the Options. Just another set of settings that you can go through according to your preference.
So, CCLEANER is a 5/5 rated musthave for any Windows user. It works with both XP and Vista, although the Vista edition had some bugs (small ones) bothering it. Click here to download.