What’s the best free software for cleaning up my computer?

joseph sam July 30, 2012
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I want to get rid of unwanted files, duplicate files and pictures. I want to clean old updates that have been upgraded and check for missing files to help my computer run faster and be safe on the internet.

  1. Bill Davis
    February 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    iobit advance system care is the best there is!!!!!!!!

  2. Richard Pelon
    February 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Try this software "Duplicate Files Deleter" from http://duplicatefilesdeleter.com/. You can manage any duplicate files without worries and it's safe to use. It's the best way to manage unnecessary duplicate files.

  3. Sreekanth Stern
    November 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm
  4. Vipul Bansal
    October 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I've been using CCleaner and it has worked wonders.
    My computer boots up fast and all other programs respond immediately.
    It's free for home use.

  5. Nathaniel Fleur
    October 2, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Hello Joseph, for speeding up your PC. You could try out http://regcurelicensekeycode.com ... they also give away a free microsoft registry cleaner, which is a little out of date, but might work for your computer. Hope this helps.

  6. Hiren Patel
    September 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Ccleaner & Defraggler best for cleaning unwanted files,registry files & making PC faster.
    Safe on internet : Install Good Antivirus.

  7. fatihamzah
    August 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Absolutely CCleaner, and i also recommend IObit Advance Systemcare. After cleaning you may defrag your PC with Defraggler

  8. DI
    August 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I use http://www.anti-twin.com/ for duplicate files, Free Window Registry Repair at www/regsofts.com and DiskMax from http://www.koshyjohn.com. Simple and free.

  9. Mel Reynolds
    August 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    KIngsoft PC Doctor is really good.

  10. the profiesto ..
    August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Tuneup utilities,ccleaner,advanced system care....

  11. Maxi3w
    August 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, I use "Advanced System Care 5" from ' I0Bit ' http://www.i0bit.com and it is great. It has so many features for free plus if you buy the Pro version, which you can also use on 3 computers, I have found it was money well spent. It has an Auto Clean feature which runs daily and fixes problems automatically.

    They also have other great free and paid for software that is well worth looking at on their site. I'm really impressed and happy with them and would definitely say consider taking a look.

  12. Jon Smith
    August 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm


  13. Lambvolution
    August 3, 2012 at 6:24 am

    CCleaner works well for me

  14. Assad Bhatti
    August 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    CCleaner great small program does the job very well and its FREE!

  15. MatthewOMealey
    July 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    WinDirStat is great visual way for finding chunks of data that might unnecessarily be taking up space.

  16. Rod Ball
    July 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    CC Cleaner as suggested, but I also had good results with
    Revo Uninstaller and PC Decrapifier (for new computers)

  17. Âdil Farôôq
    July 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

    My recommendation is one and only Ccleaner.

  18. Moonlight M3lody
    July 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Bruce and Dalsan's recommendations are great. I use them myself. As for mising files you can just do SFC/SCANNOW from command prompt>This checks for files integrity and will replace them back if something's not right. I screw up my icons and themes a few times and this save the day.

  19. Paul Pruitt
    July 31, 2012 at 1:14 am

    To check for missing system files, open a command prompt, then type in "sfc /scannow" without the quotes and hit return.

  20. Dave Parrack
    July 31, 2012 at 1:10 am

    This article - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-do-you-deal-with-windows-pc-crapware-you-told-us/ - which discusses software for getting rid of crapware, should prove useful.

  21. Igor Rizvi?
    July 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    glary utilities, tuneup utilities,iobit advance system care, slim cleaner ect

  22. Charlie Player
    July 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    CCleaner is a good 1 to clean the unwanted files.
    iobit.com there a sm software also that may helpful for you

  23. Cristina Torrão
    July 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Definitively iOrbit Advance SystemCare. I run the free version and I'm very pleased. Give it a try: http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html

  24. Dalsan
    July 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    For a little extra performance boost, try Tweaking.com's Simple Performance Boost to disable some unnecessary services and features. You can read more about it here: http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/tweak-windows-to-increase-pc-performance-with-simple-performance-boost/

  25. Josh Lee
    July 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I use CCleaner for most things.
    I also use Auslogics BoostSpeed for other things.
    Try them out

  26. Sc Ling
    July 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I would recommend using Slim Cleaner to do the job. It does the job far faster than CCleaner. You do not have to wait long for the cleaning process to finish. It is free and available from https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimcleaner.php

  27. susendeep dutta
    July 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    For remaining safe on internet,you can use best antivirus software like avast,Kaspersky etc. and if perform some critical tasks like credit card payment,then take their internet security versions.

  28. Suman Acharya
    July 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    i also vote for CCleaner.
    try this for 30 days - it's better http://www.macecraft.com/jv16powertools/
    trial version!!

  29. StefanyBaez
    July 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    There are a few. I use and recommend Glary Utilities (http://www.glarysoft.com/)
    but these are also great:
    CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner)
    TuneUp (http://www.tune-up.com/)

    • Lambvolution
      August 3, 2012 at 6:25 am

      TuneUp isn't free..but thats very powerfull programs..

  30. Mihovil Pletikos
    July 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    as most people here i agree ccleaner is the way to go and i use it regularly

  31. Alan Wade
    July 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This little gem called Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder is, well awsome, at finding duplicate photo's.


    • Alan Wade
      July 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      A thing worth mentioning is if you intend to remove empty folders then here is a program that I strongly recommend you DONT use. It is called Empty Folder Cleaner and many inexperienced computer users have been caught out with this. It can and will make your machine virtually unbootable so stay well away from it. Under testing it attempted to delete all of my personal folders which were not empty! Other testers complained about it attempting to knock out system folders so take heed.

      If you intend to use an empty folder cleaner then there are reviews and recommendations here:

  32. ha14
    July 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Toolwiz Care


    Before cleaning Windows do a system restore point and registry backup

  33. Manide
    July 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hi Joseph,

    I must agree with those who recommend CCleaner. It's one of the most popular utility and that's for its efficaciousness. Don't forget to chose extra files you need to get rid of via Options>Include...
    You may consider a defragmenter in order to speed up your PC.

  34. TwooshVidisha
    July 30, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Dispose of unnecessary files, perform periodical optimization of your PC, and get rid of unused programs. These are the easy steps to spring clean your PC from time to time. http://www.mizwhiz.com/tips-tricks/easy-tips-on-how-to-spring-clean-your-pc.html

  35. TwooshVidisha
    July 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Get Wise Registry Cleaner. It helps eliminate these errors and accelerate the performance of Windows. It is free and my pet PC speed up tool! It scans for all bad registry keys, lets you keep or delete entries (whichever you want) also help restore the Windows Registry. You may also opt for a professional version of Wise Registry Cleaner, but it is not free. Get more details http://www.mizwhiz.com/computer-and-mom/are-you-suffering-from-hourglass-syndrome-of-your-computer.html

    • Oron
      July 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      I second that. CCleaner is good, but Wise Disk Cleaner & Wise Registry Cleaner are awesome!

  36. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 30, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Try http://download.cnet.com/Kingsoft-PC-Doctor/3000-18512_4-75543680.html Kingsoft PC Doctor. I hope this will work fine for you. If you need even more than use TuneUp Utilities. Additionally you should check for viruses also for this download http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx and scan the entire system. You should check for disk defrage. You can use Auslogic Disk Defrag from http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/portable/

  37. Dalsan
    July 30, 2012 at 5:18 am

    CCleaner works well for registry and junk file cleaning, Gary Utilities might do more of what you want, but needs extra care for preventing deletion of the wrong items, Duplicate File Finder found here: http://voxel.dl.sourceforge.net/project/doubles/Duplicate%20Files%20Finder/0.8.0/dupfinder-0.8.0-source_and_binaries.tar.gz

    Apparently Bruce and I are on the same wavelength with this.

  38. Bruce Epper
    July 30, 2012 at 4:47 am

    CCleaner gets rid of most of the junk files, old updates, etc. Duplicate Files Finder (got it from Sourceforge but no longer appears to be there) excels at finding duplicate files - just be careful of what you tell it to remove. Glary Utilities also performs many of these functions.

    • Filipe Costa
      September 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Using it from some years ago and always haapy with it.

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