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App of the Week: CCleaner

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After a few week’s hiatus, it’s time for this week’s App of the Week – CCleaner, a tool for cleaning Windows computers.

It’s been around a while, and used to be known as ‘Crap Cleaner’ – presumably the name was changed to be more acceptable, but also because the program is anything but crap. There are a number of tools out there to clean up unnecessary rubbish from your computer (including one built into Windows) but this is one of the best I’ve found. It has a simple interface, but is also very effective at clawing back wasted disk space.

I run this tool approximately monthly and it’s able to free up over 100 MB of space each time, sometimes more. This may not seem like a lot these days, but if it’s the first time you’ve run it, then it may be able to shift more junk; sometimes as much as a gigabyte on particular dirty disks.

One of the best things about it is that it doesn’t just clean Windows, but also other applications; it’ll clear Firefox’s cache too, as well as optimising its databases (which not only makes them smaller but can also make Firefox a little faster too, especially when searching using the awesomebar).

I would also suggest downloading CCEnhancer – a third party tool which adds support for more programs to CCleaner. That way, you should be able to clean more stuff off your machine.

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