CCleaner "status" as "safe to use"?

  1. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro (AU) 64-bit

    CCleaner "status" as "safe to use"?


    Not so long a go, Piriform/Avast had some serious issues with Free CCleaner (from user point of view) for e.g. forcibly running in the background, updating itself without user interaction etc. Now they seem to introduce some "Software Updater" functionality which I absodefinitely will *not* use.

    My question goes, if I'd like to have CCleaner for cleaning, is it now "safe" to use ie. have those "backdoor" functionalities been disabled / removed OR should I:

    1) just let Windows to maintain itself?
    2) use some other tool(s) - which one(s) or
    3) something else (what)?

    Some interesting discussions (again) on-going on Piriform site:

    What is your "maintenance" tool / process if any?

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  3. Posts : 396
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    To be honest,

    what is the point of these cleaners? What do they actually achieve?

    For years I used CCleaner believing it would give me a faster, smoother junk free experience. I even tried a few others such as BleachBit.

    But after the "problems" started with CCleaner and the whole Avast issue I got rid of it.

    Since then I use the available Windows tools, either Storage Sense or Disk Cleanup.

    Have I seen any quantifiable difference? Not really.

    The only time I can say that I gained free space was when old system restore points were removed or old Windows Update files.

    But other than that, I think it is mostly a mindset. People think these cleaners are clearing junk but in fact it is only an illusion of sorts.

    Just my opinion on the matter since I cannot provide any quantifiable statistics to prove the argument one way or another.

    In any event, registry cleaning is not advisable and the minimal space gained can also be done by turning on Storage Sense.
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  4. swarfega's Avatar
    Posts : 6,386
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Current versions are safe to use. If you are worried about using ccleaner you might wish to consider Wise Disk Cleaner which is a good alternative.
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 24,138
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    The value of these- as far as I'm concerned- is they clean unwanted files - recycle bin, temp files, cookies (keep what you want) from several browsers, dmp files, log files...
    a. default areas
    b. can be set to clean specific folders

    (Utilities like Wiztree - cushion map- help to identify possible targets for cleaning - e.g. unexpected dmp files).

    I wouldn't use the registry cleaner, but one recent run deleted some 23Gb if I recall.
    Doing that before creating a disk image also reduces the size of the image files.
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  6. Callender's Avatar
    Posts : 2,469
    Windows 10 Home 1903 64-bit

    Issues with Ccleaner - Windows 10 Forums

    As per the above link I always manually update Ccleaner and only install the Slim Build.

    On another note I also use HD Cleaner but I do not choose volatile entries for cleaning and do not use the registry cleaner that is included.
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  7. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro (AU) 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Thx for replies - I think I'll give CCleaner one more try. Yes, I think my main motivation using it is more mindset than actual "boost of performance". However, one thing were CC does a decent job, is that it executes the cleaning simple enough.

    I have also utilized the registry cleaning part as some un-installers don't do that too well and leave leftovers in place. Yet I realize that I should not be worried too much on the registry (which is a mess to figure out anyhow).

    One thing that I feel MSFT could do better is somehow (on Windows updates and blogsphere) tell more about these maintenance activities what they DO and why. There are millions and millions of ppl who start to have a sluggish computer. Simple maintenance could do the trick.

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  8. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 24,138
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    I have also utilized the registry cleaning part as some un-installers don't do that too well and leave leftovers in place. Yet I realize that I should not be worried too much on the registry (which is a mess to figure out anyhow).
    - consider using either Revo Uninstaller or Geek Uninstaller (free/commercial) - Run the program, select the prog you want to uninstall, the normal uninstaller should run. There is then a scan for leftovers - including the registry. You can choose to delete the items found.

    Why might this be necessary? The program author has omitted items from the uninstall sequence.

    Registry cleaners operate without any awareness of what may or may not have been uninstalled, and risk doing damage of which you do not become aware until much later, to no benefit.

    Cleaning the registry does not increase the speed of your PC. Occasionally AV leftovers cause conflict with other security programs.
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