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Ccleaner all ticked?


geedad

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I have the latest updated Ccleaner, and I was wondering if it is OK to tick ALL OF THE BOXES. The default ticks about two-thirds of the boxes, and is there a reason for this which is not obvious to me? geedad

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johndrew

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I would suggest you leave the configuration of Ccleaner in its default (as installed) condition. You may note that some functions are 'greyed' out as either they are 'Advanced', for the paid for version or nt applicable to your set up.

If you do add extra cleaning functions, be very careful as you may damage your installation.

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geedad

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johndrew Many thanks for your wise statement! I will leave well alone! I am forever grateful to this forum and members for such instantaneous responses. It is ALWAYS too much trouble to ask the originators. The response is so terribly slow! Thanks again, geedad

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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CCleaner enhancer adds more stuff to CCleaner for cleaning

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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How to use CCleaner

CCleaner (short for "Crap Cleaner") http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner 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.

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johndrew

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*Fruit Bat /\0/*

A good link and an excellent write up. I do think that highlighting the Uninstall facility and Startup Manager is excellent, I use both myself.

However, two questions come to mind:

  1. Would you recommend the vast majority to attempt to modify the default settings in Ccleaner either with or without the add-on?
  2. How much extra speed would you expect to get by modifying the default setting as opposed to simply using Ccleaner 'out of the box'?

My concern is that we shall have a lot of lost data/broken systems if people decide to attempt modification beyond their ability/knowledge.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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1 Majority - No

2 Speed - none, drive space a little extra.

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