CCleaner and How it Can Help Your Computer

by Jimmy Dasch

For numerous years, the Beacon has run a Tech Talk column, for which Howard Burpee’s Senior Seminar class in Computer Technology would write the columns. Professor Burpee retired last spring and our source of Teck Talk columns dried out as well. As the Beacon wanted to keep Tech Talk alive, we have gone back into our email archives and are now running columns we couldn’t when we received them initially, because… well we simply received too many at times. Please enjoy the “From the Tech Talk Archives”, as it runs throughout the semester.                            

CCleaner has been one of my favorite programs to use on my computer for a long time. Ever since I can remember I’ve been using this program to clean and maintain almost every computer in my house. Besides just cleaning out computers of junk files and registry errors, which end up slowing down your computer, you can change other options such as which programs start when your computer is turned on. This program has helped me keep computers healthy for a long time, and I’m going to tell you how you can do the same for your computer.

         Once downloaded (go to http://tinyurl.com/mlxdwzm to download) CCleaner greets you with a user friendly interface that has it’s options right in front of you. You’ll notice that there’s an upgrade button on the bottom of the options; that’s because there’s a free and paid version of this program. The two versions are similar, one of the only big differences being that the paid version will automatically download updates. The free version will still ask you if you want to manually install the updates so the paid version isn’t needed.

         The “cleaner” tab is one of the most important parts of this program. The cleaner option, once you click analyze in the bottom right of the window, will search through your computer for junk files, and files that’ve been left behind by web browsers and other programs that shouldn’t be there. After the scan is finished, you can click on “run cleaner” which will get rid of all of the files CCleaner found. This alone can provide a huge speed increase to your computer, as well as using the “registry” option, which is the second important part of this program.

          Upon clicking on “registry”, you’ll be asked to scan for any registry errors that your computer has. Registry errors are left behind from uninstalling and updating any programs that you have on your computer. Too many of these can result in a slow down of your computer, just like with the junk files and temporary internet browsing files. After CCleaner has finished the scan, you can click on “fix selected issues”. This will get rid of the registry errors found, resulting in even more of a speed boost on your computer. There is one more tab you should explore under CCleaner, and that’s the tools tab.

          So what’s under the tools tab? Once you click on it you’re presented with a few different options. The only one you need to worry about is the “startup” tab. Click on it, and take notice of how many programs are “enabled” under that section. Whatever programs are enabled is what starts up with your computer, and depending on how many programs are under that list your computer start up time could take way longer than you’d like it to. The only program I recommend keeping enabled under that tab is a virus protection program of your choice, just so you always stay protected while browsing the web. Once you sort through what programs you want to start up with your computer, you’re all set to close out of CCleaner.

      To finish up our computer maintenance go ahead and restart your computer. You should notice a faster startup time as well as a speed boost from your previous cleaning of the temporary files and the registry errors. I recommend running CCleaner once a week; both the regular cleaner and the registry cleaner. This will ensure that your computer stays up to speed and functioning properly. CCleaner is one of the most useful free programs out there, and I hope after reading this gde you’ll download it yourself and try it out.


Jamie West was a member of the Information Technology Senior Seminar course and is planning on a career in Networking.  You can find this article on http://tinyurl.com/yc6hfhyb.

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