Best computer cleaning software

As a computer user, you will most likely encounter (or have already encountered) that you need to clean it up from various kinds of garbage – temporary files, tails left by programs, registry cleaning and other actions to optimize performance. There are many free programs for cleaning your computer, good and not so good, let’s talk about them. See also: Free programs for finding and removing duplicate files on a computer.

I will begin the article with the programs themselves and their functions, tell you about how they promise to speed up the computer and what software garbage to clean up. And I’ll finish my opinion on why such programs are for the most part unnecessary and should not be kept as installed and, moreover, working in automatic mode on my computer. By the way, many of the actions that help execute these programs can be done without them, in detail in the instructions: How to clean the disk in Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7, Automatic cleaning of the disk Windows 10.

Free software for cleaning your computer from garbage

If you have never come across such programs, and you are not familiar with them, then searching the Internet can produce many useless, if not harmful, results that can even add unwanted things on your PC or laptop. Therefore, it is better to know those programs for cleaning and optimization that have managed to recommend themselves well to many users.

I will write only about free programs, but some of the above also have paid options with advanced features, user support and other benefits.

CCleaner

The program Piriform CCleaner is one of the most famous and popular tools for optimizing and cleaning a computer with wide functionality:

  • One-click system cleaning (temporary files, cache, recycle bin, log files and cookies).
  • Scan and clean the Windows registry.
  • Built-in uninstaller, disk cleaning (deleting files without the possibility of recovery), program management at startup.

The main advantages of CCleaner, in addition to the functions to optimize the system, are the lack of advertising, the installation of potentially unwanted programs, the small size, the clear and convenient interface, the ability to use the portable version (without installation on a computer). In my opinion, this is one of the best and most reasonable solutions for Windows cleaning tasks. The new versions support the removal of standard Windows 10 applications and browser extensions.

Disism ++

Dism ++ is a free program that allows you to perform fine tuning of Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7, system recovery operations and, among other things, clean up Windows of unnecessary files.

Kaspersky Cleaner

Recently (2016) a new program for cleaning the computer from unnecessary and temporary files, as well as to fix some common problems of Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 – Kaspersky Cleaner appeared. It also has a slightly smaller set of functions than the CCleaner, but more ease of use for novice users. At the same time, cleaning the computer in Kaspersky Cleaner most likely does not harm the system (at the same time, inept use of CCleaner can also harm it).

SlimCleaner Free

SlimWare Utilities SlimCleaner is a powerful and different from many other utility for cleaning and optimizing your computer. The main difference is the use of “cloud” functions and access to a kind of knowledge base, which will help decide on the removal of an element.

By default, in the main window of the program, you can clean up temporary and other unnecessary Windows files, browser or registry, everything is standard.

Differing functions appear on the tabs Optimize (optimization), Software (programs) and Browsers (Browsers). For example, when optimizing, you can remove programs from autoload, and if the need for a program there is in doubt, look at its rating, the result of checking with several antiviruses, and when you click on “More Info” (Additional Information), a window will open with comments from other users about this program or process.

Similarly, you can get information about extensions and browser panels, Windows services, or programs installed on your computer. An additional non-obvious and useful feature is the creation of a portable version of SlimCleaner on a flash drive through the settings menu.

Clean Master for PC

I wrote about this free tool literally a week ago: the program allows anyone to clean the computer of various unnecessary files and other garbage in one click and at the same time do not spoil anything.

Similarly, you can get information about extensions and browser panels, Windows services, or programs installed on your computer. An additional non-obvious and useful feature is the creation of a portable version of SlimCleaner on a flash drive through the settings menu.

Clean Master for PC

I wrote about this free tool literally a week ago: the program allows anyone to clean the computer of various unnecessary files and other garbage in one click and at the same time do not spoil anything.

The program is suitable for a novice user who has no special problems with the computer, but simply needs to free the hard drive from what is really not needed there and at the same time be sure that something unnecessary and unnecessary will not be removed.

Ashampoo WinOptimizer Free

You’ve probably heard about WinOptimizer Free or other programs from Ashampoo. This utility helps to clean the computer from all that has already been described above: unnecessary and temporary files, registry entries and elements of browsers. In addition to this, there are different functions, the most interesting of which are: automatic shutdown of unnecessary services and optimization of Windows system settings. All these functions are manageable, that is, if you think that you do not need to disable a certain service, you can not do this.

In addition, the program includes additional tools for cleaning the disk, deleting files and programs, data encryption, it is possible to automatically optimize the computer with one click of the mouse.

The program is convenient and interesting because according to some independent tests that I managed to find on the Internet, using it really improves the speed of the computer loading and operation, while there is no obvious effect from the others on a clean PC as a whole.

Other utilities

In addition to the above, there are other popular tools for cleaning a computer with a good reputation. I will not write about them in detail, but if you are interested, you can also familiarize yourself with the following programs (they are in free and paid version):

  • Comodo System Utilities
  • PC booster
  • Glary utilities
  • Auslogics Boost Speed

I think this list of utilities can be completed on this. Let’s move on to the next item.

Cleaning from malicious and unwanted programs

One of the most frequent reasons why users have slowed down a computer or browser is having difficulty launching applications — malicious or just potentially unwanted programs on the computer.

At the same time, often you may not even know that you have them: the antivirus does not find them, some of these programs even pretend to be useful, although in fact they do not perform useful functions, they only slow down the download, show ads, change the default search, system settings and things like that.

I recommend, especially if you often install something, use quality tools to search for such programs and clean the computer from them, especially if you decide to do computer optimization: without this step it will be incomplete.

My advice on suitable utilities for this purpose can be found in the article on Malware Removal Tools.

Should I use these utilities

Immediately, I note that we are talking only about utilities for cleaning the computer from garbage, and not from unwanted programs, as the latter are really useful.

There are various opinions about the benefits of this type of program, many of which boil down to the fact that it does not exist. Independent tests of work speed, computer boot, and other parameters using different “cleaners” usually do not show the results that are shown on the official websites of their developers: they may not improve computer performance, but even degrade it.

In addition, most of the functions that really contribute to improving performance are present in Windows itself in exactly the same form: defragmentation, disk cleanup and removal of programs from startup. Clearing the cache and browser history is provided in it, and you can configure this function so that they are cleared every time you exit the browser (By the way, clearing the cache on a regular system makes the browser slower because of obvious problems, since the very essence of the cache is to speed up pages).

Conclusion

most of these programs are really not necessary, especially if you know how to control what is happening in your system or want to learn it (for example, I always know every item in my startup and I quickly notice if there is something new, I remember the installed programs and things like that). You can contact them in specific cases when problems arise, but some regular cleaning of the system is not required.

On the other hand, I admit that someone does not need and does not want to know something from the above, but I would just like to press a button, and so that everything unnecessary is deleted – such users will be able to use the computer cleaning program. In addition, the aforementioned tests were most likely conducted on computers where there is nothing to clean, and on an ordinary cluttered PC the result could be much better.