If you compare CCleaner to any other registry cleaner, you’ll certainly notice that it has a shortage of features since, like we said before, Piriform’s Defraggler, Speccy and Recuva take care of other issues other than registry problems and such. Even though it lacks many features, you can still speed up your computer with CCleaner by cleaning all files from your system and fixing your registry issues. Furthermore, you can fully customize the client’s settings and the scanning and repairing patterns, meaning that the program adapts to our needs instead of the other way around.
With CCleaner you can perform other, equally important tasks as well. Such task is a quick or in-depth analysis of your files, disk and registry, running an uninstaller to remove any program leftovers and choosing what programs to run on PC startup. Moreover, you can manage all your browsers plugins, find unnecessary duplicates, clean your drivers and the list could go on till eternity.
CCleaner’s scanning is faster than Speedy González running on hot coals: it only took 72 seconds to find nearly 1,800 issues (3.363MB in other words) in the Windows files and applications. However, concentrating the powers on the registry only, it took less than 30 seconds to find missing shared DLLs, unused file extensions, failed application paths etc. And no matter how many times we performed the same scans, CCleaner was always 100% accurate, meaning it took the exact same time to find everything once again, unless you untick almost everything which makes scans even faster. Furthermore, you can set up CCleaner to run in the background, monitoring your computer and providing you with notifications whenever you need to act.
A good registry cleaner always offers you the option to create backup files or restore points in case something goes terribly wrong. Thankfully CCleaner is indeed able to create backup files that you can export to your desktop and to access them later to restore all deleted information. However, this rule only applies to the registry, which means that any Windows files or applications you choose to delete will be permanently removed. Speaking of deleting files, CCleaner also allows you to access a list of found threats and errors, letting you manually choose what you want to delete or keep. In addition, when cleaning the registry, a message appears on top of the screen telling you more about each issue and suggesting what to do with it. However, if you don’t have the time or patience to go over said list, you can simply fix everything in a couple of seconds.
The good news is that CCleaner has a free version that you can use for an unlimited time. Unfortunately, most of the features are either limited or are not available. However, the free version is good enough to give you a little taste of what you get with the paid versions, where only the sky is the limit.
Without doubt the best offer is CCleaner Professional for $24.95: it is not only available for Windows-based computers (XP+) and Mac devices, but the Windows version also offers a free trial for 14 days. However, thanks to the fact that CCleaner is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Windows users can purchase an even better deal for only $39.95: CCleaner Professional Plus, which includes the three aforementioned programs (Deffragler, Speccy and Recuva) in a 4-in-1 bundle. Aside from these solutions, you can also download an Android or Kindle Fire application and pay for only those actions you perform. Speaking of payments; you can pay with anything from credit cards to PayPal and wire transfers. But regardless of the payment method and subscription, every paying CCleaner user is entitled to a 30-day money back guarantee.
Unlike many bigger registry cleaning solution providers, Piriform offers many ways for you to resolve your issues. Although there is no 24/7 assistance or live chat, you can send an email to the staff or visit the company’s social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) where not only your questions are answered within mere hours, but you can always find updated information, news and articles too. You can also visit the extensive FAQ page for extensive “how to” guides, the community forum with help provided by other users and the various help articles available on Piriform’s website.
In conclusion CCleaner is kind of a mixed back. Don’t get us wrong, the program is very good in itself, but it is still quite unfortunate that you have to download other solutions to perform more diverse tasks on your computer. This method will definitely raise some eyebrows as most users definitely want their PC maintenance program to be able to perform multiple tasks at once without having to switch between solutions. Nonetheless, CCleaner is definitely worth its price, and the 1.5 billion downloaders are right to go after the software. Its client is easy to use and the fact that you can customize its settings along with the super fast scanning and repairing options is nothing more than a huge advantage. And if we add the competitive prices, the money back guarantee, the free trial and the free version to the list, we end up with something that can serve and protect your computer from harm for many years to come.
- PC, Android and Mac version
- Easy to use
- Fast scans and repairs
- Registry backup included
- Money back guarantee/free trial/free version
- Good customer support
- No backup for Windows files
- Essential features in Professional Pro only
- Fewer offers for Mac users