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Has anyone heard of ccleaner.com? If so, can you please explain what it is, how to use it, and what are the benefits of using it?
Hi It's more or less a free program to clean up the computer registry and remove any old files left over when you delete a program. It's really easy to use and has a backup and restore facility. Hope this helps
CCleaner (short for "Crap Cleaner") click here knows exactly where to find the files that slow down your computer. Get a quick understanding of CCleaner's features, and learn how to properly maintain your system to keep your computer quick and nimble.
Step 1: Focus your efforts
For a deep cleaning of your PC, you'll want to get into the nooks and crannies of your system. Using the Cleaner window (the default window when you launch CCleaner), you'll notice several checked boxes that indicate which areas of your computer will be cleaned. Most of the boxes are checked by default, so pay close attention if you only want to scrub certain areas. Tabs at the top offer the ability to clean Windows areas and other applications. Switching between the two tabs allows you to make your choices for a customized cleaning.
When you're done with your settings, click the Analyze button on the lower left to see which items will be cleaned. You'll see every file CCleaner will delete and also exactly how much memory will be returned to your system after the cleaning.
Note: It pays to peruse this list before hitting the Run Cleaner button to make sure you're not deleting something important. When you're ready, hit Run Cleaner and watch CCleaner go to work.
Step 2: Out with the old
The next step in our spring-cleaning protocol is akin to sorting through and cleaning out those old boxes in the garage. Click the Issues button on the left side of the interface to bring up another set of checked boxes. This set of tasks does everything from eliminating unused file extensions to trashing obsolete software. Uncheck the boxes you don't want to scan and click the Scan for Issues button. At the end of the scan you'll be given the option to click the Fix Selected Issues button.
Note: It is highly recommend you save your current Registry configuration at the prompt in case of a malfunction later. An additional window will ask if you wish to delete specific items. If you know of a specific item in the list that is not a problem, simply tell CCleaner not to fix it. Remember, if you save your configuration beforehand a mistake here is easily reversible.
Step 3: Uninstall and Startup manager
Windows comes with its own Add or Remove Programs utility, but it's often slow to load and not the easiest Control Panel item to configure. CCleaner quickly lists all of your active programs, and lets you highlight and uninstall software you no longer want. This part of the program utilizes tools already included in Windows, but the convenience and speed for quick uninstallations is tough to beat.
To manage your start-up programs, click the Startup button under the Uninstall button in the upper left of the interface. You'll see a list of active start-up items that launch when you boot up your system. Be very careful here: some items are not immediately identifiable and you wouldn't want to shut down your firewall, antivirus program, or any other important program.
Once you've run through the entire cleaning process, don't be surprised if your computer runs a bit faster. Depending on the capacity of your hard drive, you'll also free up a shocking amount of space if you haven't run a program like CCleaner recently.
not heard of ccleaner.com i go to pririform as per rawprawn's click here
go to download you will be offered a choice of file hippo or piriform to download from either link is safe and you aquire an excellent program at the end of it
If you scroll down there are several 'ccleaner.com' entries but I'm far from certain that you really want any of them. the 'real' ccleaner is as identified above.
... number five in johndrew`s Google page is about as bad as it gets as far as rogue sites are concerned.
WOT rating: click here
It might be good idea to install WOT which will steer you clear of such sites when looking for legitimate programs.
... number 7 is probably worse, if anything.
WOT rating: click here
It`s interesting that WOT finds so many problems. I use McAfee SiteAdvisor and AVG for numbers 5 & 7 it has no advice as they haven`t been reviewed, so I can't comment in this case. But in other cases you have posted on the sites shown as 'unhealthy' by you are 'clean' according to others. This makes me wonder about WOT and whether it is excessively sensitive given that two other well regarded checkers find little or no problem.
I too wondered about these discrepancies and how they can be reconcled.
I`ve come to the conclusion (for what it`s worth) that WOT is probably the most reliable for these reasons:
It has a huge number of people actually going to websites and reporting on what they`ve found there (See WOT Homepage). This method may not be so sophisticated as other website checkers but it does seem to be a lot quicker as far as new websites are concerned and covers an enormous number of them anyway.
It also allows scammers to say this is the best best website ever, kind of thing, but these are almost always heavily outnumbered by genuine reports of real problems and doesn`t leave much doubt as to who is to be believed.
Also, WOT has a fairly busy forum, some of whose members are impressively thorough when assessing websites. It seems to be the place to go when you come across a site that may or may not be a genuine trader and you need to know exactly why the WOT rating is what it is.
It`s also a very small download and works well with both Firefox and IE ... others too I think.
Personally, I wouldn`t be without it when surfing, but then I`m probably the cautious type.
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