I hear a considerable amount of talk about how good CCleaner is. Some computer users have a ‘thing’ about crap, going into each folder looking for stuff which they think that they no longer or never did need. It can become an obsession.
So I downloaded CCleaner to see what it could do and, to conduct the test fairly, I ran it as most users would, making no changes to the default setup. It tells me that I gained 406mb hard drive real estate, but what did it cost me?
- registry entries, but only safe ones which were not affecting anything, and don’t take up much space anyway
- file history in Wordpad, which takes up little space and means that I now have to find the files I use regularly to get them back in the list
- URL history.. which uses up virtually no space but includes all of the URLs I visited yesterday, but did not save as favourites
- the password for my customized ISP home page, such that when my home page loaded after cleaning, it was not what I expected to see as it was now the default ISP home page
- Thumbnail caches which do take up real estate, but that also enable Windows to redisplay graphics files quickly if a folder containing pictures, clipart etc is opened
Overall, I successfully managed to do not a great deal except to make life more difficult. Were I to uncheck the items which have made life more difficult for me, running CCleaner would have achieved NOTHING AT ALL.
Anyway, I have decided that I too will free up some hard drive real estate. It involves going into Control Panel > Programs and Features where I will highlight CCleaner and then select UNINSTALL..
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