How To Keep Your Computer Clean With CCleaner

November 3, 2018

data recovery

How can I keep my computer clean and tidy?

When we are asked by friends and family how can they keep their computer clean, the one tool we always recommend is CCleaner. CCleaner differs from antivirus tools as it designed to keep your computer tidy – think Jacques from Finding Nemo!

CCleaner will search through your computer and clear out all of the files that have been created when you surf the internet or install software. The majority of these files are benign and pose no threat to you, but they do take up space on your computer so let CCleaner remove them for you. CCleaner will not delete documents and photos from your desktop of the common document folders.

CCleaner will work on Windows; IOS (Apple) and Android mobiles.

Tell me more about CCleaner and what it can do for me!

When you open CCleaner, you will immediately see an ‘Analyse’ button which when pressed, CCleaner will calculate how much space can be recovered from deleting temporary system files. Once you are happy, press the ‘Run Cleaner’ button and all will be removed from your system. NOTE – if you have an internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Chrome open while you run the CCleaner tool, you will be asked to close the browser to allow the files to be removed.

Under the ‘Tools’ button (the spanner icon), you will find some very useful tools that you may, depending on your technical knowledge or confidence,

Uninstall – Click on Uninstall and CCleaner will show you all the different programs that have been installed on your machine and when this was installed. Some of the very common names you may wish to look for and remove include:

Delta Search

MyWebSearch Toolbar

If you do stumble across a program name that you would like to remove, click on the program name and select the ‘Uninstall’ button on the top right of the CCleaner screen.

Startup – This is a great feature, but you will need to understand what it is you are doing before pressing any buttons in here. Startup, as the name suggests, will list all the software that will start when your computer starts; web browser(s) and Scheduled Tasks. It is very likely that when you click on the Windows tab you will see a substantial list of names of software that starts each time your Windows computer starts. You can disable software by selecting it and pressing the ‘Disable’ button. We will not be advising which you should or shouldn’t disable as each computer is very different.

When you click on the ‘Scheduled Tasks’ within Startup, this is where you will get a good feel as to whether or not your computer is running malicious software. The individuals or organisations that produce malicious software often use your computer to schedule the infection to run at certain times, and CCleaner will help you see this. Again we cannot advise you which to disable as each computer will have different tasks running depending on the software you have running. One to look out for though will be listed as just “At1” although the numerical digit may differ from one; if you have this please backup all your precious documents and photos then run antivirus.

We strongly suggest that you do not use the ‘Registry fix’ tool with the CCleaner software unless you are very competent system user and you have a full backup of your data.

Like most software tools, CCleaner also offers a ‘Pro’ version of the software that comes with a charge. The Pro version will offer you support via the Piriform (the people behind CCleaner) and the software will automatically update itself. The free version will notify you when an update is released, but you will need to visit their website and download the latest version.

BIG NOTE – CCleaner is a tried and tested software that is a must have but I would like to say we cannot be held responsible for any system issues or data loss as a result of running this or any other software we recommend.

19 Comments

  • 420blaze It November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    can put my 230 gb disk on a 60gb orginal white 360 hardrive ?

  • Shinku no Yami November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Actually, if you've done this a lot with a high success rate, I'd even be willing to send you my old HDD along with a new one, and pay you to swap the memory disks for me. You definitely have a higher success rate than me. I'm at my wit's end. I don't know what else to try to save my save data. As of now, it's dead to me…

  • Shinku no Yami November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    I can't unscrew the last  screw because the memory disc inside spins around with it. There is absolutely no resistance provided for me to loosen that screw at all.

    What do I do? What did you do to open it.?

  • donte garcia November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks sorry

  • donte garcia November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Hey I was just wondering do u still have the Xbox console because I need the disk tray if it is all right with u thanos

  • Peter Willy McJohnsonator November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    lol. too bad when he took the platters out he messed up the alignment. LOL good try though. made me chuckle.

  • duke9891 November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    how do u do this for the slim hdd?

  • StrungSide November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Does this also count to fix e68 error?

  • Blackboilingrobotoil November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Will this fuck up XBL by reading as a modded xbox or anything?

  • Alperen Tunçeli November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    I think I have the same problem. About 1 month ago i punched my hdd from top of it. Then the console restart itself. But when i see dashboard it says "You have unformatted HDD. Format it?".I click no and went to the memory settings. Even the hdd was plugged in i can't saw my hdd in there…so all my savegames are gone? what will i do? I am using my recovey profile that's in 8GB USB HDD on XBOX…but the datas aren't the same. It can't solve my problem. Do i have the same issue that you explain?

  • TheMistahmike November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    ok wait i'm confused isn't all the data on the disk so if you replaced the bad disk all the data from the disk won't be on the new disk will it?

  • SuperARMY3 November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    But how do I put my saves and files on a different hard drive because it won't turn on without doing red ring of death because the hard drive is messed up

  • diocolombo November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    @THEwolfmaster100 you'll just have to download the xport 360 software; then you have to conect the xbox hd in your pc like any other hd (this software only works with windows xp); then you read the software tutorial and you'll be able to recover the most part of your lost data. The hardest part is opening the xbox hd case to take the xbox hd off to conect it in your pc. It worked for me; I was able to recover about 50% of my lost data. It is the only thing that really works.

  • NelsonQVA November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    you really repair this how much is for a repair?? i deleted all my stuff by mistake and i dont want to start all over

  • NelsonQVA November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    @diocolombo could you tell me where can i buy that or buy it online i by mistake deleted all my save data from my xbox 360 and i dont want to start all over again in oblivion or dragon age or any game you think i can get all save data back

  • codfan662 November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    filming with ur cellphone? ok

  • diocolombo November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    I used xport 360 to recover my files from xbox hd.

    I didn't have to open the hd

  • diocolombo November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    You should put : how to destroy a HD!

  • bobbyp November 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    wtf this didnt tell me anything

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