CCleaner is a program I use all the time as part of my regular maintenance routine for the workstations I support. It works by cleaning up old program data and checking for and correcting misconfigured registry settings. When I get complaints about a workstation running slow, in addition to CCleaner, I also:
- Run a defrag (see my article on automating the defrag)
- Run scandisk
- Check for old or unapproved programs to uninstall
- Check for old security settings or other configurations
- Update Windows, Office, drivers, and any other programs that need it
- And, finally, run CCleaner
Piriform just released a new version of CCleaner. Some of the more notable updates include native 64-bit support, a new drive wiper tool, support for newer browsers and web standards, as well as various other cosmetic changes.
Check out the Piriform blog for more information on the update and to download a free copy.
Let me know in the comments what programs you like to use for PC maintenance or if you’ve given the new version of CCleaner a try.