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Ccleaner: Still One Of The Best Free Junk Cleaners

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In my view CCleaner is one of the best free utility/junk file cleaners out there. I use it myself and recommend it to everyone. You can download the newest 3.16.1666 version from CNET here.

 

From Piriform:

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.

 

What's new in this version: Version 3.16.1666 added Scheduled Task management in Startup tool and option to close running browsers when cleaning, and improved Google Chrome History cleaning. Also you can significantly increase the cleaning functionality of CCleaner by using CCEnhancer. This tool can add dozens of extra cleaning options depending on what you have installed on your machine. I run CCEnhancer about once a week to see if there any new updated options available to install. A word of caution however: if you're a novice computer user I would recommend just sticking with CCleaner so you don't end up deleting something you shouldn't have. If you're an intermediate or advanced user the extra cleaning functionality is worthwhile. Please note: CCEnhancer requires Microsoft's .NET Framework to be installed for the tool to function. Version 3.5 for XP users and version 4.0 for Vista & 7 users. Best wishes, Ritchie...

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Here's a bit of trivia about CCleaner. Some people wonder how Piriform came up with that name. Well, when Piriform originally issued the first few versions to the general public years ago it was called "CrapCleaner!" Get it? Cleaning the crap from your computer! In fact the System Tray and Desktop icons looked like a roll of toilet paper back then. I guess that offended some peoples fragile sensibilities, not seeing the humor in it, so they changed the icon and shortened the name to the now familiar CCleaner!

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Thanks, I've always liked it and used it, but sometimes wonder whether or not I need it. So it is nice to see a 'plug' for it from Ritchie. Makes me have confidence in it.

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The new 3.1 version of CCEnhancer has some irregularities I have discovered. When running the executable on my Desktop it is creating two files, winapp2 and cc_config, onto the Desktop. It is also not automatically closing when asked if you'd like to start CCleaner after updating. This behavior is not present with the earlier 2.5.1 version. I have contacted the developer concerning this issue at the Web Atom forum but as of this writing have not received a reply. I have also posted a review at CNET describing this behavior. So for now I would recommend "not to update" to the newest version until more information is obtained. My OS: Win. 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1

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Ok, I did get a response from Shane Gowland the developer. Here is a copy of that forum thread: This is all the expected behaviour. cc_config.ini stores the program settings and language preferences. winapp2.ini is the file that CCEnhancer downloads to apply rules to CCleaner.

 

The program no longer closes because many users found that behaviour annoying.

 

You can continue to use the old versions. As long as you’re using CCEnhancer 1.5.1 or newer; you do not need to update unless you want new features or languages. My view on the matter: The program not automatically closing is not a big issue for me but having the two extra files on my Desktop I'm not too crazy about so I'm going to stick with the older version and hope that gets corrected with a future build. Regards, Ritchie...

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Shane Gowland posted another thread to the topic in question on the Web Atom forum. He states if you put CCEnhancer in the Program Files directory and then just create a Desktop shortcut that will eliminate the two extra files being created onto the Desktop. That's an easy enough fix!

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