Windows default cleaning apps vs PC cleaners


  1. Posts : 72
    Windows 10.
       #1

    Windows default cleaning apps vs PC cleaners


    As a repair tech, Iím used to using CCleaner, Glary utilities, Malwarebytes, etc to troubleshoot PC issues (just the free versions). I never clean the registry as I think itís useless.

    I always wondered if all these third-party apps are unnecessary.

    What about switching to a Windows defaults-only approach? something like this:

    Clear unwanted stuff with Storage sense/disk-cleanup > Clear unwanted startup programs > clear browser data (history, cookies, cache) and, if necessary, reset browser settings > Run Windows Defender (do an offline scan if needed).

    Any opinions much appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 23,789
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       #2

    rodion15 said:
    As a repair tech, Iím used to using CCleaner, Glary utilities, Malwarebytes, etc to troubleshoot PC issues (just the free versions). I never clean the registry as I think itís useless.

    I always wondered if all these third-party apps are unnecessary.

    What about switching to a Windows defaults-only approach? something like this:

    Clear unwanted stuff with Storage sense/disk-cleanup > Clear unwanted startup programs > clear browser data (history, cookies, cache) and, if necessary, reset browser settings > Run Windows Defender (do an offline scan if needed).

    Any opinions much appreciated.




    I use CCLeaner v5.78 and for the rest, Windows cleaners.
    Mainly, Disk Cleanup and Component Store cleanup.

    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

    sfc /scannow


    Occasionally...

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    rodion15 said:
    As a repair tech, Iím used to using CCleaner, Glary utilities, Malwarebytes, etc to troubleshoot PC issues (just the free versions). I never clean the registry as I think itís useless.

    I always wondered if all these third-party apps are unnecessary.
    What about switching to a Windows defaults-only approach? something like this:

    Clear unwanted stuff with Storage sense/disk-cleanup > Clear unwanted startup programs > clear browser data (history, cookies, cache) and, if necessary, reset browser settings > Run Windows Defender (do an offline scan if needed).
    I find CCLeaner is still invaluable for just one thing that it can do better than Windows. It can clean browser data across all browsers with just one click. Windows only knows how to clean Microsoft's own browser Edge (and IE if you still have it).

    Not only that, but CCleaner can have a whitelist of cookies you need to keep, such as the Ten Forums login cookie. Try selectively deleting cookies in Edge and you'll soon find out just how difficult it can be to save the ones you want to keep.
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  4. Posts : 72
    Windows 10.
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Ghot said:
    I use CCLeaner v5.78 and for the rest, Windows cleaners.
    Mainly, Disk Cleanup and Component Store cleanup.

    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

    sfc /scannow


    Occasionally...

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    Thanks. I guess those commands save space but won't fix issues, right?
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  5. Posts : 23,789
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4651 (x64) [22H2]
       #5

    rodion15 said:
    Thanks. I guess those commands save space but won't fix issues, right?


    No, they work pretty well.

    SFC is Windows system file checker
    DISM... restoreHealth is what you run if SFC finds things it can't fix.
    DISM... componentcleanup, I usually run after each Windows update.
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  6. Posts : 18,034
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #6

    Hello @rodion15,

    rodion15 said:
    I guess those commands save space but won't fix issues, right?
    The last two will.

    SFC scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect [ corrupted or modified ] versions with the correct Microsoft versions.

    RestoreHealth scans the image for component store corruption and performs repair operations automatically using WU as the source rtc.

    I hope this helps.
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  7. Posts : 72
    Windows 10.
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Very good answers as always. Added some to my toolkit.
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  8. Posts : 7,964
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #8

    Wise Disk Cleaner has some useful features but ensure you know what you are cleaning
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  9. Posts : 7,046
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #9
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