How To Download and Install CCleaner [2018 Tutorial]
How to Download, Install and Use Ccleaner 2012 Free Edition
After many years of a computer’s use, it can accumulate many gigabytes of old temporary files, expired cookies, and other system files. These files are not necessary for the computer to complete basic tasks and they can be safely deleted. CCleaner helps streamline this process and make it more user friendly. This guide is a simple step-by-step process of how to download it, install it, and use it effectively.
If you've already downloaded CCleaner and want to skip straight to installation, proceed to step 4. If you've already downloaded AND installed CCleaner and want to skip to using it, proceed to step 6.
Go To CCleaner Website.Go to www.piriform.net/ccleaner, and click "Download" to be brought to the downloads page.
Choose Your Version.This article assumes the "FREE" option. You can download the free version from either FileHippo or from Piriform themselves. This article uses the "Piriform" option. (If you love what the Free edition does, please consider going back and purchasing the professional or business editions!)
Download CCleaner.Your download should start automatically.
Start the installation process.Once you have successfully downloaded the file, open the "ccsetup" installer you have just downloaded. If windows asks you if is okay to run this file, click run. Install CCleaner then select your desired language (this guide will proceed as if "English" was selected.) and click next, read the end user license agreement, and click "I accept".
Continue through the installation selecting your desired options.It is highly recommended to have the "Automatically Check for updates to CCleaner" box checked. Once you have selected your options, hit "Install".
Open CCleaner.The first time you run CCleaner, a prompt will show up asking to intelligently scan for cookies to keep. What this does is for websites like gmail and hotmail, it will NOT delete your "Remember Me" login information and keep you logged in. This is optional, but recommended for ease of use.
OPTIONAL - Select Files to Delete.On the left side of the screen there will be two tabs called "Windows" and "Applications". In these tabs you can pick and choose what you want deleted or not. For example under the "Applications" tab, maybe you do not want CCLeaner to delete your Google Chrome or Firefox's history at all. The default settings are fine for the average user, but there are also advanced options at the bottom of the "Windows" tab that if you are an expert user you can select.
Analyze Your System.If you don't want to select anything manually, you can just click analyze right away and see what is to be deleted from your computer. Or, if you don't even want to do that, you can trust CCLeaner and just click "Run Cleaner" right away (Skip to Step 10). Once you hit "analyze", CCleaner will scan your system for the files specified (either the default specifications or the ones you have chosen), and give you detailed information on what types of files are to be deleted. This may take some time. It will also tell you the approximate size (in kilobytes, megabytes, or gigabytes etc.) that will be deleted. This will vary from system to system. If you run CCleaner often, your system will not have as much collected junk files as a 5 year old computer running this for the first time. NOTE: At this point, no files have actually been deleted yet.
OPTIONAL - View Additional Details.You can right click any of the shown pieces to be deleted and click "View Additional Details" if you want more information on what is to be deleted.
Run Cleaner.After specifying which files are to be deleted and analyzing, you are now ready to run CCleaner and start deleting! When you click "Run Cleaner" a message will pop up saying "This process will permanently delete files from your system, do you want to proceed?" CCleaner is designed in such a way that by default it only targets files that the average user would not even notice are gone. Don't worry though, all of your personal pictures, movies, and files are completely safe. This will only delete old and unused system files such as internet caches, temporary files, etc. You can click "Do Not Show Me This Warning Again" if you don't want that prompt every time. CCleaner will now delete the files specified, which may take some time to complete.
View Details.After cleaning, CCleaner gives you a results page showing exactly what files were deleted.
OPTIONAL - Registry.(See Warnings section first!) Select the registry tab on the left side of the CCleaner window, and click "scan for issues". It is common to get a lot of issues. Your computers registry can get cluttered over time.
OPTIONAL - Registry - View Your Results.This will show you the details of registry entries to be deleted. There is information on what the registry value is and why it is not necessary, such as "unused registry key" or "invalid file reference". When you are satisfied, click "Fix Issues".
OPTIONAL - Registry - Fix Your Issues.It will prompt you if you want to back up changes to the registry, this is optional but recommended. Good practice is to back them up onto offsite storage such as a USB drive. You can cycle through every registry issue you have here and fix them all individually, or click "Fix All Selected Issues" to do it all in one shot. CCleaner will fix each issue for you!
- Regarding the "OPTIONAL Registry" steps : CCleaner also has a registry scanning tool that will clean out unused and outdated files from your registry. This cleans your registry much like the normal cleaner cleans files on your pc. For example sometimes after uninstalling a program certain registry keys will not be deleted and just sit in your PC not being used by any program. These can be safely deleted without affecting your system. Registry files are important to your PC so it is recommended to exercise caution on these optional steps. If you are unsure or uncomfortable, you do not need to do these steps. Your computer will already be much cleaner after the initial CCleaner runs!
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