CCleaner Reaches 1 Billion Downloads, Joins Elite Club

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lordfirefox

Revo Uninstaller is also good at keeping your registry clean by completely uninstalling any program from your system and erasing any trace of it.

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froggz

I always heard that registry cleaners caused more problem than they fixed so I never really messed with them. With this kind of endorsement from user on this site, count me as the one billion and one for downloaders.

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whr4usa

you'll regret it eventually man.

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whr4usa

@ Paul Lilly & MaxPC staff;

why is CCleaner, registry cleaners or any sort of automagical cleaning app being recommended/publicized here..?
- edbott.com/weblog/2005/04/why-i-dont-use-registry-cleaners
- adminfoo.net/2004/08/registry-cleaners-placebos.html
- blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2005/10/02/registry-junk-a-windows-fact-of-life.aspx

should it be in a technician's toolbox, if he or she has basic enough of a grasp on windows' internals to have some clue what it does and when to use it..? absolutely!!

should it be recommended to everyday or even power users for routine use? never.

even if you do need to directly access the registry for some reason it can be done via PowerShell drive, third-party-enhanced regedit GUI or MBAM's FileAssassin

I've never not seen a registry-cleaning-capable app causing problems on systems; many of them 'clean' your system or offer "quicker analyses" by in fact storing registry keys that might not be in use or that were found before and manually ignored or access denied in...guess where? your precious registry!! especially in the age of WinRT manifests, 64-bit (kind of piriform to recently finally begin supporting these! somewhat) systems, non-fail Microsoft search algorithms and multicore WHY do we need to do any registry 'hygiene' beyond what our systems already can (2k8/7/8/2kC) on their own?

best ways to have a clean registry are;
- build your own windows image and reinstall from it
- run as only a standard user account
(use UAC++Admin. account which is never logged into - should be doing this anyways!)
- only install trustworthy apps from trustworthy locations
- run security tools that prevent incorrect low-level system-access like WehnTrust, EMET, UAC, AppLocker and an OS that actually has Registry permissions, per-pair access controls and live repair (vista or higher)

I can go forever.

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kitsunekaji

I am happy to hear that CCleaner is doing so well. I use it ALL the time.
When I get a new machine, I install it as a maintenance utility, along with Glary Utils, MyDefrag, SuperAntiS, and MalwareBytesAM. They keep people from coming back to bother me -unless they fail to use the programs.

Thanks Piriform!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

When last I tried CCleaner, it wonked the Registry of my XP rig pretty bad. Windows Explorer began listing drives out of order, rather than alphabetically. I'd be afraid to use it again.

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warptek2010

I still call it CrapCleaner cause it cleans the crap. One of the most useful tools in the arsenal. One of the first things I run before doing spyware and virus scanning and defragmenting on mechanical drives. Cuts the time down. Invaluable!

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The Corrupted One

Was just using this to clean out the evidence of last nights private browsing :)

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$m

Well, more like half a billion of those downloads are version updates, but it's good software nonetheless.

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noobstix

I used to use Tune-Up Utilities and jvPowerTools to remove loose files and clean my registry but now I've switched over to CCleaner. However, I don't use it a whole lot since I don't do a "deep cleaning" on my PC very often.

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SAND_CREATURE

As useful as ccleaner is, I am still somewhat leery of it, as in the past I have had it dissociate the VB engine from vb scripts, which is sort of a bother to fix. Always backup your registry before running anything that messes with your registry I suppose is the lesson.

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Strangelove_424

CCleaner rocks. It's kept my SSD from hitting the recommended 85% fill limit and solved registry issues that popped up with FSX. The only thing I could ask for is a "clear icon cache" option, but in general CCleaner is a bad ass program straight out of Batman's utility belt.

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acidic

they added a clear icon cache once option you run ccenhancer. it is under applications. ccenhancer is just an addon for ccleaner that adds numerous applications to the list to clean and such

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acidic

use CCenhancer to add even more files & programs to clean

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acidic

use CCenhancer to add even more files & programs to clean

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Neufeldt2002

Cool, thanks for the info, I'm going to have to check it out.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

haha im probably responsible for about 200 of those downloads

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bonus45

Anyone ever use the pay version yet ? I see in the notes it will supposedly clear the files for all user/profiles on the machine.

That would rock.

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TommM

Been a user of CCleaner for years and have turned all of my family and friends on to it. Arguably the best piece of freeware out there.

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BlazePC

+1,000,000,000

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SkinnyZeroOne

That piece of software is an absolute jewel. I use it almost everyday. When I start working on other people's machines it's one of the 1st tools that gets installed. Does a few other nifty things along with cleaning up crap - a must have for the toolbox.

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blacksand

Yes, a great tool! In addition to the Registry Cleaner, it has a great Startup cleaner tool. I love it because you don't have to restart the computer like you do after using MSCONFIG.

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Blues22475

Agreed.

Whenever I am doing general clean up this tool is a gem. It's also very safe to use on customer's machines in terms of registry cleaning. It only remove entries that don't threaten to bork the system.

Started using this a long while back when I was in my teens. I am glad this piece of software is still free today and is still going strong.

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