As time goes by, our operating system tends to slow down. Windows accumulates a series of residual, junk and unnecessary files that, little by little, reduce the performance of the PC. Therefore, as part of the maintenance that any computer should have, it is necessary to keep our Windows clean and optimized so that, in addition to working correctly, we avoid problems. And since these tasks are complicated to carry out manually, the best we can do is delegate this responsibility to a program. And, for years, the best known for this purpose has been CCleaner.
CCleaner is one of the most complete programs to clean and optimize any Windows PC . Originally created by Piriform, and currently owned by Avast, this software allows us to scan our entire PC for junk and residual files, remove them with one click, and optimize the PC so that it can always run at peak performance.
Actually we find a program that has a free version that has several tools to optimize and increase the performance of the system. And it is that Windows is a system that accumulates a lot of garbage when it comes to installing programs or uninstalling them later. Here we refer to temporary files, invalid keys in the registry, cookies, recycle bin, etc.
The controversy surrounding Avast and CCleaner
CCleaner has always been one of the best programs to clean and optimize Windows. And for years it has been recommended by all corners of the net. However, since Avast acquired the rights to Piriform, things have changed.
This software has always been free for all users, and all functions were available without paying. Except for some additional functions such as a programmer to perform automatic cleaning, or keeping the program open in the background. However, since Avast got hold of it, the program’s functionality has been severely limited. Functions such as the software updater, or cleaning all junk files from the PC, require paying the license.
As if that were not enough, CCleaner has been affected in the past by a hidden malware in its installer that has been jeopardizing the safety of users. Something very interesting considering that, when installing the program, it also tries to install the Avast antivirus without permission on our PC.
Finally, we must point out that Avast has included telemetry functions within the program to keep users under control. Functions that, of course, can be “anonymised”. As long as you pay for professional licenses.
Clean your PC and free up space
CCleaner is an all-in-one for cleaning our computer. Its main function is to analyze our entire hard drive, locate all those junk and unnecessary files that have remained on the PC and help us clean ourselves.
We have two types of cleaning. The easy cleaning mode allows us to clean all the residual data on the computer with one click, while the custom mode allows us to control which files are deleted and which are not.
Depending on how we use the computer, this program is capable of freeing up several gigabytes of space. In addition to eliminating unnecessary files, the more space we have on the hard disk, the better the performance and we can use that space for other files or other programs.
Clean the Windows registry
Another of the most interesting functions of this program is the possibility of cleaning and optimizing the Windows registry. This registry is made up of instructions and settings from the operating system and many programs. Instructions that the operating system constantly consult and that, if they are disorganized, or there is superfluous information, will slow down the general operation of the PC.
The program allows us to make a backup copy of the registry before cleaning it. So if something goes wrong, we can always easily reverse the changes.
CCleaner includes a program uninstaller that allows us to see a list of all the programs on our PC, their properties (installation date, size, etc.) and allows us to easily uninstall them without having to use the Windows application manager itself.
One of the latest innovations that came to this optimizer was a tool that allows us to analyze all the programs that we have installed on our PC, check if there are new versions available and, if there are any, download them to always have the latest version available.
This is one of the features that is only available to paid users. Somewhat counterproductive considering its meager software database and the large number of alternatives that do this for free.
Control Windows startup
One of the reasons why our computer can take a long time to start is because we have many programs configured at the beginning of the PC. From the start section we will be able to see all of them, as well as the scheduled tasks, and clean them.
We will also be able to organize and optimize other elements of the system, such as the context menu.
Other CCleaner tools
We will also find other interesting tools within this program to clean and optimize Windows. For example, we can control the browser plugins, to eliminate them in case something prevents us from doing so, analyze the hard drives to see what type of files take up more space, look for duplicate files that we can delete to increase the available space, access them computer restore points and safely erase drives to destroy all data stored on them.
Thus, to give us an idea of what we are talking about, say that we found a function to uninstall programs, as we have commented before. It shows us all the programs and updates that we have installed to eliminate them if we wish. For this we can run the integrated uninstaller to do a complete cleaning, without traces. Also here we can rename files without making changes to the system, or delete entries from the list but uninstall.
We can also erase the entries created at the beginning of the operating system so that they are not executed when the computer starts up, as well as locate and eliminate duplicate files. On the other hand we find a feature that allows us to restore the system to a previous state of it, which will get us out of more than one trouble.
CCleaner is a free program, with limitations, for home users. We can download the latest version of this program from the following link . This program is compatible with all versions of Windows, from XP to 10, both 32-bit and 64-bit.
Once the program is downloaded, we only have to install it on the PC to start using it. Of course, we must be very careful during the installation so that Avast does not leak any unwanted software.
The free version is the most limited of this program. Avast only gives us access, as long as it is for home and personal use, to the most basic functions of the program, such as the basic cleaner and privacy options.
If we pay for the Professional license , which has a cost of 24.95 euros, we can unlock the full potential of the program. In addition to accessing the advanced cleaning functions, we can automate the program so that it performs periodic cleaning without having to do anything and access the software updater.
Finally, we can also get the ” Professional Plus ” option that includes, in addition to everything from the professional edition, licenses for the programs Defraggler (to defragment the PC), Recuva (to recover deleted data) and Speccy (to detect problems and search for updates). This license has a price of 39.95 euros.