We are sure most of you have already heard of CCleaner, perhaps the number 1 Windows application when it comes to cleaning junk from your computer.
But what most of you don’t know is the fact that it has a built-in duplicate file scanner that does its’ job really well.
It has the option to scan the files for duplicate filenames, matching sizes, content, or by their modified dates.
If you are already a CCleaner user than this news can be good for you as you don’t need to look for and install other applications that will use more space on your drive.
The Duplicate Finder in CCleaner can be easily found under the Tools tab.
The problem I have with CCleaner is that it has a lot of other extra features, features that I don’t need, features that I have never used, and that only take up space.
A new feature of CCleaner is the automatic software updater. An outdated software will make your computer more expoed to cyber threats.
CCleaner is a commercial software but it does offer a free version with limited functionality.
dupeGuru has become the industry standard when it comes to searching for duplicate files under Microsoft Windows. It offers 3 versions of the app – the Standard edition, a Music edition, and one for Pictures.
The Standard Edition is the default one that can search through all your files, either by filename or the contents of the files.
It features a fuzzy algorithm that can detect files even if the name has been changed or if part of the content matches to other files.
The Music Edition (ME) is dedicated to finding duplicate music files using the following file formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, and FLAC. It can scan the filenames, tags, and even the contents of music files.
The main advantage of this edition is the fact that it can detect duplicate music files even if they use a different encoder or are saved at a different bitrate, giving you the chance to locate and keep the files that are of higher quality.
The third version is called the Picture Edition (PE) and as the name suggests it can be used to find duplicate image files that use the JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP file formats.
The search engine in the Pictures Edition can match image files even if they use different file formats or have been resized or rotated.
It can even match files that have been slightly edited, helping you find the source of an edited image.
All editions of dupeGuru are free of charge and open-sourced and can be downloaded from their official website.
This is another lightweight tool aimed at finding and removing duplicate files stored on your computer.
This application has been around for some years now and even has a version compatible with older, pre NT versions of Microsoft Windows.
It hasn’t been updated in a very long time because well, it doesn’t need to be. It does its job really good, really simple, and really fast and the fact that you can use it even on legacy Windows versions makes it the only tool you’ll ever need to have.
Duplicate Files Finder is stored over on Sourceforge.
There are many more software solutions out there that you can use to find and remove duplicate files and these are some of the ones that I have used in the past and that we recommend for everyone to try.
If you have experience with others please let us know in the comment section below.
FAQ: Learn more about managing duplicate files
- How do I find and remove duplicate files on Windows 10?
Unfortunately, Windows 10 doesn’t come with a built-in tool for this issues. However, there are plenty of third-party tools that find and remove duplicate files in Windows.
- What tool is very good for removing duplicate files?
If you’re looking for a reliable tool to find and remove duplicates on your PC, check out Duplicate Cleaner.
- How can I remove file duplicates from my PC?
If you don’t want to use dedicated tools to do the job for you, there are plenty of other methods that you can try to find and remove file duplicates.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in May 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
This post was written by Ivan Jenic and was first posted to WindowsReport