CCleaner: Your beginner’s guide to using the advanced cleanup tool

CCleaner: Your beginner's guide to using the advanced cleanup tool

By now, the entire planet might be accustomed to using the popular registry cleaner CCleaner but do majority of users actually know what is the primary function of using this tool? For those users who just end up using CCleaner through word of mouth or from advertisements they see mounted on several websites, here are some things that you need to know about the tool and whether or not you should actually use it in your system.

The two main functions of CCleaner

CCleaner has two main functions. Its first function is to scan and delete useless files; files that end up doing nothing except utilizing the free space you have on your hard drive. Its second function is that it erases private data like your web browser’s browsing history and a list of the most recently opened files in various programs. Now that you actually know what CCleaner is, let us move on to the more detailed functionalities of this application and see if it will be suited for your use of not.

CCleaner is an advanced version of the Windows Cleanup tool

CCleaner: Your beginner's guide to using the advanced cleanup toolCCleaner: Your beginner's guide to using the advanced cleanup tool

If you have ever come across the Windows disk cleanup tool while randomly browsing your windows’ operating system contents, then you will no doubt be prompted to start using it. The preloaded cleanup tool’s main function is to free up space on your hard drive by deleting useless files, which range from old temporary files created by programs, temporary Internet files for Internet Explorer, Windows error report logs, and much more. There is no limit to how many times you can use this tool for the cleaning up of your useless files.

Unfortunately, as is the case with preloaded applications, even the Disk Cleanup tool does not provide the level of functionalities that 3rd party applications provide. For example, the preloaded tool can delete Internet Explorer’s cache files; however, it will not lay a hand on cache files for other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox. In addition, it won’t delete the setup folders that NVIDIA’s and AMD’s graphics driver installers create every time you update your graphics driver. Keep in mind that each update ends up consuming 100-500 megabytes of data.

If you have CCleaner installed, then it will be able to carry out all the functions that the preloaded tools can’t. In fact, its functionalities extend to more data in Windows and 3rd party programs. Furthermore, you are granted more control using CCleaner because you will be able to select the types of data you want to delete. In order to do so, click the Analyze button, and look over the data that CCleaner will delete in front of you.

Private data is also purged by CCleaner

CCleaner: Your beginner's guide to using the advanced cleanup tool

As stated earlier, CCleaner’s second functionality is to free up disk space by deleting junk files and private usage data. This will include the following types of data from the following sources:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Opera
  • Erasing the cookie data stored by the Flash Player

How to choose what to clean using CCleaner?

If you have the CCleaner application installed, then it will be your choice on what kind of files you want to get rid off from your system. Apart from using the CCleaner application to perform a number of basic tasks, the application also provides users with an abundant number of advanced features; which range from managing your startup programs and locating duplicate files to securely wiping your disks. Another great feature found in the CCleaner application is that you can set it to run automatically on a schedule. There are several other advanced features present in the application; however they are going to be present in a later topic for you.

In short, CCleaner happens to be one of the best Windows applications that you can possess when your main objective is to delete temporary files and wiping out usage data. Since it possesses more features and flexibility compared to Windows’ preloaded disk cleanup, there is no wonder why we would recommend you to start using this application right away.