| CLEANER |
- • This will run a scan and output the files marked for deletion (none have been deleted yet,) and an approximate size of the deleted files.
- • This will run the cleaner, deleting files found by analyze (although analyze is not required for Run Cleaner to work) and giving an exact size of files deleted,
- View summary results
- • Changes the view option from specific files to the categories they go in, enabled by default, can be undone by double clicking any category in the results window.
[e] Internet Explorer
- Temporary Internet Files
- • These are files saved to your hard drive every session (such as the lovely pear from Piriforms site,) these are 100% safe to remove.
- • This is data saved to your hard drive from various websites. 'Cookies' contain information such as whether or not you wish to remain logged in, can be removed safely, but will remove any special "keep me logged in" setting you have. Certain cookies can be protected in the settings tab.
- • This is your browsing history, it shows what websites you have recently visited and allows you to revisit them. Can safely be removed if you don't have any desire to go back and revisit a site.
- • Removes the web addresses (http://www.*.*/) that you type in the URL bar. Can safely be removed.
- • Contains a list of websites and urls you have visited. Can safely be removed.
- • The URL of the last file you downloaded. Can safely be removed.
- • Contains things such as saved user names and passwords, can be removed if you do not allow saving of user names and or passwords. Also removes search histories and anything else that auto completes.
[] Windows Explorer
- Recent Documents
- • Clears the local cache of files you've recently opened. Can safely be removed.
- • Clears to auto complete list from the run dialogue, can safely be removed if you do not need it.
- Other Explorer MRUs
- • MRU is "Most recently used" Can be safely removed.
- • Clears the local cache of thumbnails, is useful once in a while, but will slow up initial display of thumbnails as they need to be re cached. Can Safely be removed.
- • Feature in windows 7 that allows you to quickly execute frequently used commands from the task bar (such as visiting a web page you visit often) can safely be removed if you have no need for it.
- Empty Recycle Bin
- • Empties your recycle bin. Can safely be removed.
- • Deletes files created for temporary use by the system. Usually can be safely removed.
- • Clears the "copy" and "cut" function, can be safely removed but anything you recently copied or cut will be lost
- • Removes memory dumps generated by application crashes.
- • Removes parts of files found by chkdsk. Chkdsk is short for check disk, and you should remove these files only if you haven't recently force-restarted or lost power.
- • Windows update logs, can be removed safely.
- • Removes files queued for uploading to microsoft, can be removed safely.
- • Flushes your DNS cache, which effectively flushes any bad connections to web pages you have. Can be safely removed.
- • Removes shortcuts in the start menu left over by sloppy uninstallations
- • Removes shortcuts on the desktop left over by sloppy uninstallations.
- Old Prefetch Data
- • Deletes old .pf files from the prefetch. Should not be run if you don't know what you're doing.
- • Deletes any special order of icons in the start menu. Can be safely run.
- • Deletes the cache of notifications in the system tray. Can be safely run, but if you don't need to, don't.
- • Deletes any custom windows size settings you have set. Can be safely run unless you have programs set up to run in specific areas of the screen or different sizes.
- • Deletes the cached icons in the front part of the start menu. Can be safely removed.
- • IIS log files are a log files for the IIS webserver which you most likely do not have installed. Can safely be removed.
- • Allow you to remove patches, can be run but will prevent you from uninstalling an update to windows.
- • Deletes files in the "Include" list
- • Overwrites free space on the hard drive, should not be used unless selling the drive.
[o] FireFox / Mozilla
- • Same as Internet Explorer cookies
- • Clears the list of downloaded files from the download manager. Can be safely removed.
- • Same as internet explorer temporary files.
- • Same as internet explorer history.
- • Same as internet explorer 'Form History'
- • "vacuums" the SQLITE databases used by firefox. May cause loss of bookmarks ordering. Can be safely run, but may disturb order.
| REGISTRY |
- Missing Shared DDLs
- • Scans for .DLL files references left over by uninstalled programs.
- • Scans for file extensions that no longer have openwith keys
- • Scans for issues related to ActiveX controls and references.
- • Scans for invaid type libraries. Essentially a binary version of an IDL file.
- • Searches for invalid application paths.
- • Scans for fonts that no longer exist
- • Scans for paths to programs that no longer exist.
- • Scans for references to help files that no longer exist.
- • Scans for missing installers.
- • Scans for software that has been uninstalled but left install entries.
- • Scans for invalid startup entries
- • Scans for any invalid links to start menu entries.
- • Looks for issues inside the MUI Cache section of the registry.
- • Scans the registry for whichever issues you have selected to scan for
- • Fixes the selected issues found.
| TOOLS |
[ Uninstall ]
- Run Uninstaller
- • Runs the uninstaller and uninstalls the selected program
- • Renames the selected program's entry in the uninstall list
- • Deletes the selected program's entry in the uninstall list, SHOULD NOT CLICK THIS IN CONFUSION WITH UNINSTALL.
- • Searches for a program
- • Saves your list of programs to a text file.
[ Startup ]
- • Re-enables a disabled entry.
- • Prevents an entry from starting up, may be re-enabled.
- • Permanently removes an entry from the start up list.
- • Saves your startup list to a text file.
[ System Restore ]
- • Removes the selected restore point, should not be used for no reason.
| OPTIONS |
- • Changes the language of CCleaner
- • Sets Ccleaner to open when the computer boots up.
- • Adds an option to run ccleaner to the "right click" menu of the recycle bin.
- • Adds an option to open ccleaner to the "right click" menu of the recycle bin.
- • Sets CCleaner to ask Piriform whether or not there is a new version. Selecting this is advised.
- Normal file deletion (faster)
- • Deletes files as usual (marking them as free space) default
- • Simple Overwrite (1 pass)
- • Deletes the files by overwriting them once with random data.
- • DOD 5220.22M (3 Passes)
- • Deletes the files by overwriting them 3 times with random data.
- • NSA (7 Passes)
- • Deletes the files by overwriting them 7 times with random data.
- • Gutmann (35 Passes)
- • Deletes the files by overwriting them 35 times with random data. This is rather uneffective for drives made in the past 10 years.
- • Fills the free space on the selected drive with random data (1 pass default)
- • Fills the free space in the $mft zone, which holds a list of files previously on the drive.
** Do not run unless you are selling the drive or you have some reason to want to make all your data previously on the drive un-recoverable.
[ Cookies ]
[[ Cookies to Delete ]]
- • A list of cookies that will be deleted on the next run with cookie deletion enabled. All cookies are here by default.
- • A list of cookies the user has selected to not be deleted by dragging them in from the other list. Cookies in this list will be protected from deletion even when cookie deletion is enabled.
[ Include ]
- • Adds a specific, custom folder to be cleaned. Cleaned by "Custom files and folders"
- • Edits the path of a folder to be cleaned.
- • Removes a folder from the list of extra folders to be cleaned.
[ Exclude ]
- • Adds a custom folder to prevent its being cleaned by CCleaner. Will be overlooked during normal cleaning.
- • Edits the path of a folder for exclusion.
- • Removes a folder from the list of excluded folders.
[ Advanced ]
- Show initial results in detailed view
- • Sets the result window to be "expanded" by default. This shows a list of files rather than categories and was the default mode for quite some time.
- • Will set CCleaner not to delete any temp folders created in the last day.
- • Hides warning messages. Enabling is ill advised.
- • Will shut off CCleaner after it is done cleaning.
- • Forces the dialogue to open where it asks you to back up any modifications to the registry. Disabling is ill advised.
- • Sets CCleaner to minimize to the system tray instead of the task bar.
- • Saves all your settings to a file so they can be transferred.
- • Allows for the enabling and disabling of cleaning jump list tasks.
I am sort of unclear on some of the registry ones, but I think the list is fairly accurate. Feel free to correct me and sorry if theres massive amounts of typos and/or incorrect data, I literally wrote this at 5:30 AM after being awake for 26 hours (then I went to bed )