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8 best free PC optimization software

CCleaner is award-winning PC optimization software with an extensive user base eclipsing two billion downloads.

It has fairly thorough cleanup tools that don’t erase any more essential system files, and you can use this software to free up hundreds of megabytes of disk space, remove software, manage startup items and repair possible errors.

The freeware version of CCleaner might lack some of the scheduling, file recovery, and disk defragmentation tools included the Professional Plus package; but it still has a few handy options for system optimization.

You can add the freeware CCleaner to Windows, which is quite limited in actions and in customizing CCleaner’s work.

But there is also a full version of CCleaner Pro if you are interested.

CCleaner primary tools

CCleaner’s primary tools are its hard disk and registry cleaners. It has flexible hard disk and registry cleaners that you can configure to delete a variety of more specific file and registry items.

The software also has extra settings that enable users to select specific folders or files to either delete or exclude from system scans.

Another advantage of CCleaner’s hard disk cleaner is that it also enables you to clean up third-party software file items.

Beyond the HDD and registry cleaners, CCleaner’s tools might seem a little limited compared to some alternative optimization software.

The freeware version doesn’t include any disk defrag, RAM optimizer, shortcut fixer, one-click maintenance option or much in the way of file management tools.

However, it still has a good startup manager with which you can not only remove startup items but also delete scheduled tasks and third-party software context menu entries.

CCleaner’s handy Browser Plugins tool enables users to quickly activate or deactivate browser extensions, apps and plug-ins. You can also search for and erase duplicate files with the Duplicate Finder tool.

So even if CCleaner doesn’t have the most extensive number of utilities, it’s still a handy Windows optimization program.

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This post was written by Matthew Adams and was first posted to WindowsReport

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