Three Free Cleanup Programs to Replace CCleaner
A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft warned Windows 10 users not to install CCleaner… a once highly regarded Windows system cleaner that was subsequently purchased by Avast which led to a lot of controversies as Avast started using CCleaner to spy on its users, as an advertising billboard for Avast antivirus, as a way to entice users to download a software bundle, etc. You can read more about that here.
There are dozens of free cleaners available and we’ve tested a few for you. Those are Cleanmgr+, BleachBit, and PrivaZer. Let’s take a look at each one of them.
We first recommended Cleanmgr+ in March of 2019. That was when Microsoft first announced they were deprecating Windows Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe). Well, it’s August 2020, and Windows Disk Cleanup is still alive and well in Windows 10 version 2004…
However, if you’re looking for a heftier cleanup program with more features than Windows Disk Cleanup, that is safe and easy to use, then Cleanmgr+ may be just the cleanup program for you if you’re looking to replace CCleaner.
From the Cleanmgr+ web site…
“There are many Disk Cleaner utilities out there, but the goal with this one was to create a tool that uses Windows own resources ensuring that only system-compliant actions are performed.
Find the full list of all available options below.
Windows Update Files
Windows Component Store (WinSxS folder)
Downloaded Program Files
Temporary Internet Files
Delivery Optimization Files
DirectX Shader Cache
Game Statistic files
Files discarded by Windows upgrade
System archived Windows Error reports
System created temporary Windows Error reports
System Hibernation File
Compress System Installation
Cleanmgr+ requires Windows 10, 8.1, 8, including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
BleachBit is one of our Cloudeight freeware picks. If used with its default settings it is easy enough to use that just about anyone can safely use it.
“BleachBit has many useful features designed to help you easily clean your computer to free space and maintain privacy…
“When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source…”
Privizer is almost like a cult favorite. It has a very loyal following. And for the most part, PivaZer does what it claims to do – even when used with its default settings. Yet, PivaZer is extremely robust and continues to be a favorite among advanced users who like to twiddle around with PrivaZer’s advanced settings.
After re-testing it again today, we think some of you who are not-so-advanced users will find PrivaZer useful right out of the box… without messing around with its advanced features.
PrivaZer is certainly is one of the most complete and powerful free system cleaners available. It has never been one of our freeware picks although some of our readers have recommended it. We have tested it several times and found it to be safe if used with its default settings
From PrivaZer’s web site:
With simply one click, PrivaZer is able to clean securely
. Internet browsers
. Cookies Tor
. Cookies Flash
. Cookies Silverlight
. DOM Storage
. Pagefile.sys and Hiberfil.sys files
. Use of software
. Histories of visited websites, videos, software, opened docs, etc
. Recycle bin
. Temp files
. Log files
. Invalid Prefetch entries
. Indexing service
. ThumbCaches, Thumbs.db
. Residual traces of deleted files
. Free space
. File table (MFT or FAT)
. INDEX attributes in MFT
. USN Journal, etc
PrivaZer is a cleanup tool that many highly recommend. We recommend it if you use it with care. To get the most from PrivaZer, be sure to read the documentation and instructions.