I love free software that helps me complete my daily tasks and keep my PC running fast and smooth, and my absolute favorite is CCleaner from Piriform, a great company that produces some of the best software out there, free or otherwise.
In a nutshell, CCleaner is like a vaccum cleaner for the file system of your Windows PC.
Running this powerful tool on a regular basis will keep your system clear of clutter such as temporary files, recent documents, cookies, obsolete form data, download history…in fact most any “leftovers” that tend to build up and clutter up your hard drive and slow down your machine.
Also, if you’re concerned about online security, it will remove virtually every trace of your Internet browsing history making it more difficult for hackers and spammers to learn about your browsing habits and steal your personal information.
This screenshot gives an example of some of the items removed by a recent scan of my PC:
I use CCleaner at least once a week and I strongly recommend that you do the same.
The free version meets my needs just fine, and I recommend that you use it as well. You can always upgrade to the Pro version later if you wish.
There is one caveat that I must mention here. Like most other programs of its kind, CCleaner includes a Registry optimization tool. I recommend that you skip it and leave the Windows Registry alone (just a suggestion based on years of experience cleaning up messes left by Registry optimizers).
Bottom line: There are lots of system optimization utilities out there, but the one I use and recommend is CCleaner.
You can learn more about this awesome program and download it for free right here.
Bonus tip #1: There’s a version of CCleaner for Macs too! Click here to check it out!
Bonus tip #2: Read this post to learn how to remove every trace of viruses and other forms of malware from your PC.
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