September 24, 2011

Using Piriform's CCleaner to Help Computer Performance

A common complaint I hear from customers is that their computer runs slow. While there are many different culprits for such a common problem, some free solutions are available to help alleviate poor computer performance. One of these free solutions is a helpful computer program called CCleaner. CCleaner is created and updated by Piriform, and it comes at no cost to the user. Although CCleaner comes with a number of simple features that perform different tasks for users, the focus of this blog will be on its “Cleaner” feature.
CCleaner’s “Cleaner” feature is safe and easy for anyone to use at its default settings. Without getting too technical, the cleaner feature basically removes useless files that have been acquired over time via web surfing and other programs on the computer as well. Running CCleaner to eliminate these useless files improve both web browsing and general system performance. The best part is that all the cleaning is done in one simple click upon opening CCleaner.
To install CCleaner, simply go to Piriform’s website and download it:
During installation, be sure to uncheck any offers from Piriform that puts undesired tool bars or software on your computer. Follow the rest of the prompts to complete installation.
After installation is complete, open CCleaner if it is not open already. Ensure all your web browsers are closed, and then click “Run Cleaner” at the bottom right of the CCleaner program.
 CCleaner will automatically perform all the necessary tasks in removing unnecessary files that clutter your computer, and then it reports everything cleaned back to the user. Depending on how much “clutter files” CCleaner found and removed, your computer performance will be optimized and should seem a bit faster (especially when web browsing).
Make sure to open and run CCleaner often. Run the “Cleaner” daily if you can, but no longer than weekly is recommended.
A final note on CCleaner is related to its “Registry” feature. I do not encourage users to use this feature unless he or she knows how to implement a Registry Back up on their computer. The reason is because any program that “optimizes” or “tweaks” the registry can possibly obstruct or seize system functionality. Knowing how to implement a registry backup upon failure mitigates this small risk.
Aside from all that has been said, CCleaner has other helpful features and more information about them is on Piriform’s website and CCleaner FAQ. Be sure to check out the information there if you wish to learn more. Although CCleaner may not be the only solution for a slow performing computer, it stands as a simple solution that alleviates common performance issues. Certainly a free program worth being on every desktop!

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