CCleaner 5 Review: Remove PC junk files and clear disk space in Windows

Crowned as the best Windows junk and temporary file cleaning and optimizing tool, CCleaner, has received an update from its developers. CCleaner 5 is now available for download. Besides improved performance, better Chrome support and a changed ‘metro-ish‘ UI, it offers better Windows 8.1 compatibility.

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While the built-in Disk Cleanup utility does a good-enough job, this utility cleans more and is safe to use! It removes unused files from your system and free’s 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. But the best part is that it’s fast!

The Junk File Cleaner Tool lets you clean out Windows junk as well as junk files generated by installed software.

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It cleans the following:

  • Windows: Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files, etc.
  • Internet Explorer: Temporary files, history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat, etc.
  • Firefox: Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history, etc.
  • Google Chrome: Temporary files, history, cookies, download history, form history, etc.
  • Opera: Temporary files, history, cookies, etc.
  • Safari: Temporary files, history, cookies, form history, etc.
  • Third-party applications: Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Google Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and more.
  • Registry Cleaner: CCleaner also includes a free registry cleaner. Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more. It also comes with a comprehensive registry backup feature.

The Registry Cleaning  Tool is quite a safe tool to use. It also allows you to backup the registry before deleting entries.

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Features in a nutshell

  • Improved internal architecture for better performance
  • New improved GUI
  • Improved internal architecture for better performance
  • Google Chrome plugin management
  • Improved Google Chrome Startup item detection
  • Improved system restore detection routine
  • Updated exception handling and reporting architecture
  • Optimized 64-bit builds on Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Duplicate File Finder
  • Many performance improvements and bug fixes
  • New improved graphics and icon.
  • Optimized and improved Registry Cleaning.
  • Improved Drive Wiper performance.
  • Optimized Startup item detection algorithm.

In the Tools section, you will see sections that will let you Uninstall programs, Manage Startups of Windows, Browsers, Context Menu as well as Scheduled Tasks.

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Quite useful is the Context Menu management tool which allows you to manage third-party context menu items in the program interface. Here you see a list of third party Windows Explorer context menu items that you can Disable or Delete. Disabling basically just deactivate and hides the item from the menu list, it will be helpful in cases where you are uncertain about the future requirement of that particular item. Deleting will permanently remove the item from the Context Menu list and can never bring back to use.

The Options section lets you change the program settings, manage Cookies and its exceptions, and more.

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CCleaner is one of the best free registry cleaning software for Windows. It is one of the most preferred junk temporary files cleaner and free registry cleaning software  for clearing disk space  and removing invalid registry entries from your Windows PC.

The basic version of CCleaner is available for free to download and use and is more than enough for a computer which is being used as a personal machine. To download CCleaner, visit its official product website. Apart from the regular Installer version, it also offers a Portable version.

You might want to also check out CCEnhancer. It is an add-on that lets you add some 1000+ programs to CCleaner.

Any CCleaner users here? Do let us have your feedback and observations about this freeware for Windows.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • http://about.me/michaelmknight Michael Knight

    I have used CCleaner since the beginning and I’ve found it one of the best cleaning apps out there (though I don’t clean the registry as this can cause more problems than it’s worth.)

    For getting rid of junk, it’s simply fantastic, and you can add folders or locations without the need for add-ons.

    This is one application that I always recommend, and probably always will.

  • George Melendez Correa

    Ccleaner is probably the industry standard when speaking of junk cleaners. This the new Version 5.00.5050 is no exception except for one thing. The new GUI (face-lift) is awful. Flat as a pancake, colors are very pale with low gradients. I personally don’t like the new looks.

  • Ziggy

    In the olden days this was called crap cleaner and that’s exactly what this program does – clean out the CRAP from your computer! One of the features that I particularly like is the clean Tray Notifications Cache, which is able to reset the icons on your task-bar customization panel. CCleaner’s registry cleaner is the only one that I use, especially after uninstalling a program. As for the new looks, very bland but as long as it does it’s job CCleaner will always be a keeper for me.

  • MacTwig

    Ohh doest work great with CCEnhancer

  • MacTwig

    Piriform got to work one this one :)

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    The new CCEnhancer 4.2 version has just been released.

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