Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tools, Gadgets, and Widgets - Disk Cleaner

Sooner or later, your PC begins to bog down and doesn't seem to run as fast as it did when it came out of the box. You run the Disk Cleanup utility that's found in the System tools, but all that seems to do is empty the recycle bin. Yeah, it takes care of the temporary files from IE, but it doesn't seem to get junk files if you use another browser. (You are using another browser like Chrome or Firefox, aren't you?)

I heard about CCleaner from Andy over at Fish Wrap. The utility is free (there is a paid version which offers technical support) so I figured I didn't have anything to lose except junk files. All I have to say is wow! The utility not only gets rid of IE junk, but cleans out the superfluous files from other browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari). There are download versions for Mac besides Windows. The utility even has a registry cleaner feature which gets rid of old or broken registry keys.

CCleaner has become part of my weekly maintenance. Make it yours, too.

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