Ultimate Microsoft Replacements - CCleaner

(Archived in: Open Source and Shareware Online Applications)

Series Number Two


This is the second in a series of posts dealing with applications to replace MS applications. I still am running on Windows XP, will use these applications discussed in this series for some time on my PC, but eventually want to be running Linux on a laptop for the mobility.

Portability and usability are big on my agenda. This definitely is an MS alternative...as in a replacement for the Disk Cleanup utility.

Since I have cleaned things up on my answer machine, time to make sure we keep things clean. That brings us to CCleaner Dot Com. I thought the "CC' had to be for "computer cleaner", but it turns out it stands for "crap cleaner". I have used this off and in the past, and now I have it embedded in my routine to run it a few times a week.

From The Website:
"CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!"

This tool is fast, easy to use, has frequent updates, and has a good rep from reviews (you have to check the website for the updates once in awhile). Here is the Download Link for CC. The screen shot above shows the CCleaner control panel open on my new minimalistic desktop.

File extensions, ActiveX Controls, uninstallers, shared DLLs, fonts, help files, application paths, icons, and invalid shortcuts are extra items targeted for removal by an advanced registry scan function of CCleaner.

Use this disk cleaning tool in conjunction with the other replacement tools we will be looking at and keep your answer machine running fast and happy. Hope you are making the switch with me and and keeping a list of downloads and links (both a paper and electronic record).

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