How to use CCleaner

Update Jan 2020.

CCleaner was bought by Avast (anti-virus) a while ago and there are a few concerns about security and privacy which make it difficult to continue to recommend it’s use. There are other options available which seem to do a good job and now with Windows 10, you can do pretty much most of what CCleaner does. I still use CCleaner because I Like the user interface and I can use Windows 10 security stuff to keep my eye on it!

If you want to explore alternatives, have a look at the article on Make Use Of

End of update.

There are a lot of “cleaning” programs available for freeing your PC of clutter but some need a bit of technical knowledge to get the best from and some can actually cause problems unless you know what you are doing. CCleaner, which used to be called “crap cleaner” back in the day, has been around for many years and just gets better. It’s certainly my favourite to recommend to the “average” PC user who isn’t a geek!

Once installed and the settings amended to suit, it’s just a one click job to de-clutter but me being me, I like to analyse first to see what it’s going to clean.

Here’s a quick look at the settings. You can tick all the boxes but I’ve found that these settings are probably all you need to select but feel free to experiment.

First time you use it, go to “Options” > “settings” and amend to suit.


Then go to “Options” > “Advanced” and amend to suit.


Now the cleaning options. Click “Cleaner” and under the “Windows” tab amend to suit.


Now click on the “Applications” tab.



From now on, all you need to do is go to “Cleaner” and then select either “Analyze” or if you don’t want to see what it’s going to clean, just click on “Clean”


That’s the cleaning done.

Another thing that might help if your PC is slow at start up is to go to “Tools” and disable most, if not all, of the items in here. Experiment a little just disable one or two items and see if it speeds up the start up.


CCleaner is brilliant, get to know it.