In addition to erasing sensitive data CCleaner can allow for the freeing up of free space on the order of gigabytes since the data which it deletes builds up and takes up unnecessary space over time.
This combination of being an excellent privacy cleaner as well as its ability to create free space is what makes it the number one pick.
Combine it with CCenhancer and its effectiveness increases further. The user interface is clean and well laid out, making it easy for users navigate and select the various options.
This will take care of most if not all of the sensitive information left behind after a period of using your PC.
The program allows for removal of information left behind by Windows as well as third party applications.
The Windows categories are as follows:, recent documents, thumbnail cache, taskbar jump lists, the list in the Start Menu’s Run dialog box which contains programs run from it, as well as Windows Explorer most recently used lists are cleaned.
files which can be cleaned are files found in the recycle bin, temporary files, information stored in the default Windows Clipboard, memory dymps, Chkdsk file fragments, Windows log files, Windows error reporting, DNS cache, Font Cache, Start Menu Shortcuts as well as Desktop Shortcuts.
Under the category, windows event logs, old prefetch data, the menu order cache, the tray notifications cache, the window size/location cache, the environment path, user assist history, IIS Log files, custom files and folder can be cleaned and the facility is also available for the wiping of free space securely.
(Check out our Best Free Secure File Erasing Program article for further information on secure file erasing.)To run the cleaner, you have the choice of doing an analysis first — which will give you detailed information about the files which will be cleaned — and then actually running the applications are supported.
These include Windows Media Player, e Mule, Google Toolbar, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, Win RAR, Win Ace, Win Zip and many more including several of the browsers covered in our Best Free Web Browser article.
The installation of CCenhancer alongside CCleaner adds support for cleaning of 1,000 additional programs that CCleaner doesn’t support natively, which can only be a good thing since many installed application has the potential to store sensitive information which could be used against you.
As we use our computers daily– and by extension the internet– we basically leave behind a digital footprint which can be a cause for concern for many of us out there.