Ncleaner – The App That Tells CCleaner To Take A Hike

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Today we will be taking a look at nCleaner. It is a free Windows system cleaning application. This app will let you clean your system, applications, free more disk space, boost your system’s speed and get more stability and privacy protection. All for the low, low price of free…

Who could say no to all of that?

Plus in case you’re wondering how this differs from apps such as CCleaner, read on for a full list of what Ncleaner will do for you….

nCleaner contains the nkProds patented system and application cleaner chock full of over 90 cleaning items. That is enough to keep any geek busy for an evening. These tools include:

  • a Registry Cleaner
  • a Tweak Manager
  • an advanced Startup Manager
  • a Junk Finder
  • a Free Space Shredder
  • a System Resource Monitor
  • a System Adviser
  • real time system resources monitoring
  • full on logging
  • advanced Scheduling
  • automatic updater
  • plug in options
  • custom clean
  • and advanced statistics

Wow that sure is a mouthful!

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So the claim that caught my eye was this:

“nCleaner has the best cleaning ration on the market due to an advance detection algorithm, also providing security and stability. With nCleaner you can free up to 2 GB of unnecessary disk space. nCleaner supports and handles all major Internet browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer (and all derived browsers like Avast), Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and Opera. It also supports and handles all major Instant Messaging applications like Yahoo Messenger, Windows MSN Messenger, ICQ, AOL and Skype, office applications, and system items.”

Those are some pretty awesome claims, don’t you think?

Let’s put nCleaner to the test on some of the laptops I have in a pile labeled “Where computers go to die…”. I managed to get a machine up and running and more importantly I got someone’s crap filled hard drive going as well. On boot up I saw some crazy icons loading up… But don’t worry I am on a separate network so I won’t be infecting my co-workers (not today anyway).

I jumped right in and downloaded the <900kb file and performed the default Clean in Analyze Mode. You will want to keep the settings at the defaults, so you don’t screw stuff up. After you get a little more comfortable with it deleting files (that cannot be recovered) then you can go back to it (make a backup before you do anything you are not sure of.)

So as you can see, it found all sorts of crap to clean and I let it do its thing and we freed up more than 17 gigz of space. Woot!

Check out some more screen shots of the available options:

What should we clean? I left the choices at their defaults…

Let’s remove garbage from our machine. Old log files, help files, Scan Disk files and loads more. Again I left the defaults as to not get into trouble!

So many damn options. Check out the option to auto clean when a partition drops to a certain percentage of free space.

I have tried loads of these types of applications but nCleaner from the same guys who make cCleaner have a great product here and best of all it is absolutely fricking free for non-commercial use. I have introduced this to several end users and they instantly fell in love. Some of them love the memory cleaning options while others like the ‘set it and forget it’ options included.

Do you have a favorite Windows cleaning application? Let us know what you use in the comments.

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Comments (23)
  • James Smith

    If it isn’t for OSX, it’s useless for me. I have CClaener on both my Macs and Windows system. I have never had a problem with it and have recommended it to many. None have ever reported back with any problems. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  • Don Morris


    I have been using cCleaner for a couple of years how and really like it. I tried nCleaner when i read this article.It found over 200 registry items cCleaner did not (I ran cCleaner before running ncleaner). I made sure to back up the registry before removing invalid entries with nCleaner, but all was well.

    I have had a remarkable improvement in performance since cleaning the registry with nCleaner. I had several erros hapening, and nCleaner appears to have restored default settings.

    So I tried the cleaner, too, and all was well with that, too. I didn’t back up anything then, which was foolish I see, from earlier comments.

    I tried the system tweak settings, putting everything at the “Suggested” settings. But when I rebooted I couldn’t access the Internet and a couple of programs no longer worked. So I went back into nCleaner and set the tweak settings to default.

    Everything is fine now.

    I had customized the appearance of my windows, with larger fonts and icons for one thing. All that was reset to default. I also lost some context menu items, such as Send to Desktop (create shortcut). I found out how to restore those earlier today by doing a Google search.

    My Media Center app was not working, and it is now. So resetting most things back to default was a good thing, I think. I didn’t lose any files, so that’s good. But my computer is much faster and more responsive now.

    So I have a thumbs up for nCleaner. Just listen to the comments about backing things up. Very important!

    Thanks, NProds, for making this available. I’ll be watching for a new version that addresses some of these issues.


    don :)

  • ErikG

    Now when you start to use programs that delve deeper and deeper into the recesses of your operating system to make it all clean and sparkly you take the risk of breaking your install by taking out things that your OS needs. With this said I use ccleaner and ncleaner for my system but I watch ncleaner like a hawk and use ccleaner when I am just clearing out temp files, and I never put ncleaner on a computer with a user that dosen’t have a full understanding of the in’s and out’s of xp and filesystems in general. There are some options that I use at my own risk with ncleaner.

  • Will

    To all I used nCleaner since it became public with no problem and used on a couple on my work computers which is on a network with no problem and on my home unit as well works great for me.

  • CnB

    nCleaner Beware!
    I made the mistake of downloading and doing as described above, it corrupted my dll files among others I an’t name, and I couldn’t even get system restore to operate. Ended up having to re-install XP from the disc, and lost all of my files, since this required formatting the hard drive. This is not for the uninformed, it took me a week to get back to near normal operation of my PC.

    • David

      Hey, I used this today and had the EXACT same problem, I had to reinstall Windows too, just some advice, you DON’T have to format your hard drive when your reinstalling windows, there should be an option to keep file system in tact, and then you just install windows into another directory, once you have finished that, you simply log into the new O/S, and copy the files from the old one onto the new one, easy as pie.

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