I just saw a story on the news this morning about doing a digital spring cleaning. You should be keeping your system clean on a regular basis, not just in the spring time. I use Ccleaner from Piriform on all of my computers. It’s a free utility and has plenty of options from cleaning junk files to removing stale registry entries. I’ve never had any issues with running Ccleaner on any system. Here are the steps to download, install, and run Ccleaner.
1. Download and Install Ccleaner
Download Ccleaner from here: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download click the Piriform.com download link under the free version, unless you would like to purchase one of the paid versions. I’ve never used one of the paid versions but some of the features they offer do have some appeal to them. Make note as to where you are downloading the install file to. Once the download is complete navigate to the download location and double click the executable (.exe file) to being the installation.
- A. Click Next on the Welcome window Screenshot
- B. Leave all of the options checked on the Install Options window and click Install Screenshot
- Add Desktop Shortcut – creates a shortcut to Ccleaner on your desktop
- Add Start Menu Shortcut – creates a shortcut on your start menu
- Add ‘Run Ccleaner’ option to Recycle Bin context menu – Adds the option to run Ccleaner by right clicking your recycle bin
- Add ‘Open Ccleaner’ option to Recycle Bin context menu – Adds the option to open Ccleaner by right clicking your recycle bin
- Automatically check for updates to Ccleanre – Checks for updates periodically, the paid versions install updates automatically.
- Enable Intelligent Cookie Scan – This option will keep certain login information cookies on your system rather than delete them.
- C. When the installation completes uncheck the “View Release Notes” box and click Finish Screenshot
2. Clean your system with Cclenaer
Now that you have Ccleaner installed we’ll cover how it can be used it to clean out any junk files slowing your computer down. Ccleaner makes this an extremely simple process as well as offers a lot of options including a registry cleaner, program uninstall option, startup management, drive wiper, and more. I would read up on these various options before doing anything with them as some of them can really mess up your computer if not used properly. If you have any questions about any of the options don’t hesitate to send a message on the contact page.
- A. Open Ccleaner if it’s not open and click Run Cleaner in the bottom right corner Screenshot
- B. A confirmation window will open up asking if you wish to proceed. Check the box and click OK Screenshot
- C. You will be prompted to close your browser, check the box then click OK. Once the cleaner has finished scanning for files come back to this page to complete the process Screenshot
- D. Ccleaner is now finished cleaning out the junk files on your computer. You will be presented with a summary of what Ccleaner deleted, note the number at the top underneath “Cleaning Complete”. This number is how much disk space you have gained by cleaning your computer. Screenshot
3. Clean your registry with Cclenaer
Cleaning out the junk files from your computer is only half the battle of keeping your computer running at tip top shape. Over time your registry gets bogged down with entries from programs being ran, installed, or uninstalled. Ccleaner provides a registry cleaner that I have been using for years with no issues. This doesn’t mean you won’t run into issues using their registry cleaner, everyone’s system is different. It’s always a good idea to create a backup before proceeding with cleaning your registry.
- A. Open Ccleaner if it’s not open and click Registry on the left hand side then click Scan for Issues at the bottom. This will take a bit to run as it scans through your registry for any issues. Screenshot
- B. Once it has finished scanning click Fix selected Issues… on the bottom right corner Screenshot
- C. You will be prompted to backup the changes you are about to make to your registry. This is highly recommended! I personally keep a folder of all changes, that way if something goes wrong I can simply revert back to the backup. Click Yes to create a backup. Screenshot
- D. This next window is going to be where you save that backup. I created a folder called ccleaner_REG_backups in the My Documents folder so it was easy for me to find. Keep the default name (cc_8digitdate_timeofday.reg) so they are organized. Click Save, then click Fix All Selected Issues, once it’s finished click Close. Screenshot
Now reboot your computer for safe measure and you should notice a significant increase in performance. If your computer is still acting up after the above steps either your hardware is out of date or you have been infected with a virus, malware, or adware all of which are removable. If you think you may have been infected and would like me to take a look at your computer, visit my Contact page and send me an email. I hope this post helped at least one person out, stay tuned for more computer repair posts.