BleachBit is a free and open source, cross-platform system cleaner that is designed to clear disk space as well as wipe free space of a computer. BleachBit can delete temporary files, cookies, history saved passwords and many other things from your Windows computer. It supports many applications including the most popular ones like Adobe Reader, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, File Zilla, Team Viewer, VLC Media Player and etc. BleachBit comes with an in-built file shredding utility that can permanently delete files, which can’t be recovered in any way.
BleachBit automatically loads up apps which are installed onto your system. If you want support for more programs – over 1200 – you can add it via an optional winapp2.ini file There are many applications supported but in this post I am going to discuss only some of them, mostly the common ones or the system applications.
It can permenantly delete or shred files and rewrite free disk space. It also offers a command line interface.
Let us check out its features.
Deep Scan: It lets you delete the old backup files and temporary files to clear some disk space on your computer. Moreover it can also delete Thumbs.db and .DS_Store files which can consume too much disk space if not cleared frequently. Deep Scan is a slow process as the name only suggests, it is going to deeply scan your computer for any temporary files or junk files.
System: The System section itself has many features, they are:
- ClipBoard: Clears and cleans the Clipboard
- Custom: It is used to clear any of the user specified files or folders. You can select files and folders to be deleted from the preferences Window.
- Free Disk Space: Overwrites free disk space to hide the deleted files.
- Logs: Deletes all the log files generated.
- Dump: It deletes the file Memory.Dump
- MUICache: This feature is very useful as it can be used to clear the cache files.
- Recycle Bin: Completely deletes files from Recycle Bin.
- Temporary Files: Delete all the unwanted temporary files from the system.
- Uninstallers: Indeed a useful function, deletes the unisntallers for Microsoft Updates and Internet Explorer Updates.
Windows Explorer: BleachBit can be used to clear Windows Explorer’s recently used lists, thumbnail caches and search history.
Microsoft Office: For Microsoft Office BleachBit can clear debug logs and recently used lists.
Internet Explorer: You can delete cookies – including evercookies, temporary data, form history and web history.
Silverlight: BleachBit can clear Silverlight cookies that are mostly used to store website preferences and tracking identification and etc.
There are many other applications supported that you must notice while using the program. Before hitting the clean button you must click the ‘Preview’ button in order to perform a scan and check the number of files that can be deleted and their file size.
The File Shredder is amazing too as it lets you delete the files permanently, so that no one will be able to recover them using a file recovery software. Overall the software is must have, it comes with great features which are worth the use.
This free junk file cleaner, also includes a Self Cleaning feature that lets you shred its own settings. This is found in the file menu. Looking at these features, it sure looks that this free open source software takes your privacy seriously.
BleachBit is available in both portable as well as installer version. Click here to download BleachBit.