The Best Windows Cleaning Tool Gets A Disk Analyzer

Mihir Patkar 31-12-2014

You can now clean crap more efficiently with CCleaner v5.


Microsoft Windows is actually a great operating system, even though it gets attacked often. However, one valid criticism is how much junk builds up in various places of the OS. CCleaner, or Crap Cleaner, has long been one of the best tools to optimize your PC Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Over the last two years, CCleaner has changed quite a bit in terms of version numbers...up now to version 3.10 at the time of this writing. While visually the program actually hasn't changed much (it's... Read More , and the new v5 update continues the fine tradition.

What’s New In CCleaner v5?


The big new addition in CCleaner 5 is a Disk Analyzer tool. Now, let’s be clear, this isn’t a revolutionary feature. Disk analyzers have been around forever, and they are a great way to free up space on your hard drive 6 Ways to Free Up Space on Your Windows Computer Clutter can be a big downer on productivity. Over time, files get lost, programs go unused, and suddenly, your once spacious hard drive is packed with useless things and you have to clean it up.... Read More .

CCleaner has been slowly introducing a lot of Windows system management features though, which makes other software redundant. And that’s what this new addition seems to be. Is it the best disk analyzer around? Probably not. Is it good enough for most users? Definitely.



Found in the Tools section, just select which types of files you want it to look for (pictures, music, documents, videos, compressed, email, everything) and then the drives you’d like to scan. In no time, CCleaner will give you a detailed analysis of what is taking up space on your hard drive.

The pie chart shows the distribution by category. Click any category and you’ll see a list of all the files, sorted by size. Select files, delete. Simple enough.

All About Cleaning Up Unwanted Stuff


At its core, the new Disk Analyzer serves the base purpose of crap cleaner—cleaning up crap! For example, the Duplicate Finder, introduced in an earlier update, will show you any file that is saved twice on your system. And then there is the default Cleaner tool itself, which goes through parts of your system which you don’t usually open, like temporary Internet files, thumbnail cache, and so on. If you’ve never run CCleaner earlier, you’ll be surprised by how much junk resides on your computer.


If you are worried about CCleaner being a little over-zealous and getting rid of an important file, you can set certain folders to be excluded from its scans.

And then there are the other tools, like the built-in uninstaller. Again, not as effective as the best uninstallers for Windows, but good enough for most people. There’s also the registry cleaner, but registry cleaning really has no major performance boost Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their... Read More .


If you buy the premium version (USD 24.95), you can set CCleaner to monitor your computer and alert you when you can save more than a predetermined amount of drive space. It will also monitor browsers similarly.


Is CCleaner The Best Cleaner?


Windows has quite a few such cleaner utilities now. We have previously written a comparison of CCleaner vs SlimCleaner vs IOBit Advanced Systemcare Cleaners Compared: CCleaner vs. Slimcleaner vs. IObit Advanced SystemCare Although Windows is a very capable operating system, it is infamous for its deteriorating performance over time. With the help of some clever system cleaners, however, you can drastically increase the life expectancy of your... Read More , and there’s also the new Glary Utilities Pro, which automates all these processes Catch up on PC Maintenance & Clear Your System With Glary Utilities Pro PC maintenance is a chore most people postpone until it's almost too late. You know who you are. Yes, you, with the cluttered desktop and slow boot time. Glary Utilities is designed for you. Read More .

Honestly, there is very little to actually separate these programs, especially in the free versions. And I don’t think most consumers actually need to pay for the premium versions.

Of all the options, CCleaner probably has the easiest interface, not to mention it is used widely enough that you will find help easily in case something goes wrong or you’re stuck. Heck, it even has an Android version to clean your smartphone CCleaner Is Now On Android: But Is It As Awesome As The Windows Cleaner? One of the best Windows programs, CCleaner, has finally made its way to Google Android. Should you get it? Read More . Whether it’s the best or not is purely a matter of preferences in interface.


Bottomline: CCleaner is absolutely worth downloading. Grab it now.

Download: CCleaner For Windows (Free)

Long-Time CCleaner Users, We Want To Hear From You

I’ve been using CCleaner for ages and probably will continue using any update they come out with. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. So if you’re a long-time CCleaner fan, drop a line in the comments. Tell us what you love about it and what you’d want to change. You never know when a developer will be reading what you say!

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  1. Mark T.
    October 6, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Eh... I had CCleaner installed before and I thought it was decent for awhile. I saw on this website the truth behind CCleaner and other cleaning software though and changed my mind real quick lol...

  2. Aqeel Meo
    January 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I am using CCleaner years from years, really i love it. Ever i install new installation of windows Microsoft Essential And Ccleaner must install in first attempt. Now just due to my many of my friends use it and Thanking me ;)

    P.S. may i share this article to my blog?

  3. sl0j0n
    January 5, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Hello, all.
    Yeah, CCleaner is one of the great ones, alright.
    You gotta' add a few others tho.
    For disk defraging, nothing beats Puran.
    You set it, & forget it.
    When the fragging gets to the setpoint, it will auto-defrag at the next boot.
    Does its job *outside* Windoz, & defrags to increase performance,
    if you set it up right.
    Its a really great program, too.
    Plus, it has other good features, but I don't really go there.
    WordWeb, for a dictionary/thesaurus that works in text editors, or browsers.
    f.lux, for the best way to auto adjust your monitor for the best temperature.
    X-Mouse Button Control, to add *really* serious features to your mouse.
    FlashCookiesCleaner, from
    WinPatrol, of course. Its so good, I bought the Plus version.
    UnlockerAssistant, for those 'stubborn' files.
    Everything, from
    USB Disk Ejector, from
    Does a great job of just ejecting USB flash drives.
    A real old, but *really* good one, is Karen's Time Sync.
    That's all I can think of right now, but these are all my computers.
    If you know of any that do a better job than these, please share.
    Hopefully helpful.

    Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:35 am

      That's a GREAT list, thanks so much for sharing! There are some programs there which I haven't heard of before, downloading them now.

    • Mike Merritt
      January 16, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      f.lux isn't used to adjust the temperature of your monitor (as in over-heating). It's used to adjust the COLOR temperature of the screen - so that at night it looks more yellow/red and less blue so that it isn't as harsh on your eyes. A great product - you don't even know it's there; until some late-night you exclaim: "The screen looks softer and not so glarey."

  4. Von Adam Martinez
    January 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I've been using Ccleaner since the early times of v3. It has been on my PC's for years now. I even use it alongside with CCenhancer. What I don't like about the latest version is the look and feel. I love CCleaner but the UI feels like its forcing the user to use Windows 8. Overall, Ccleaner is a must-have software for any PC or Mac or Android user. I use Clean Master in android though :D

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Haha I honestly don't get the hatred for its new flat UI. I'm on Win7 right now, I never got the feeling that they're forcing me to switch to 8. Maybe I'm missing something here.

  5. Gary
    January 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Antibody's WizTree is blazingly fast - it does its job by reading the drive's MFT...

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Oh cool, I'll try it out.

  6. Paul D Pruitt
    January 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Your download link is incorrect. It should be:, not

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Whoops, my bad! Fixing it now, thanks for pointing it out, Paul :) Much appreciated!

  7. Krish
    January 1, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Tip: CCleaner > Registry > right click individual item > scan.....
    Not so overwhelming if we scan individual items.
    I use windirstat.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Wait, what does that do? Scanning individual items?

  8. Earl
    January 1, 2015 at 5:02 am

    I use it all the time on my work computer or if there is anything wronge with someones computer. Its the first thing I try. Get rid of the junk and see if the problem is resolved. Until everying is moved over to OSX or linux I will be using ccleaner.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Haha well, that's pretty awesome. Someone who swears by a small Windows utility and won't move to OSX or Linux because of it. More power to you, good sir!

  9. Doc
    January 1, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Unfortunately, 5.0 added a crappy "Windows 8-lookalike" skin that is ugly, useless, and a waste of bytes.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:17 am

      I disagree about it being ugly and a waste of bytes. Useless, yes, because well, it's a skin :D But I like the look.

  10. fernando
    December 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    'Disk Analyzer Pro' still the best.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Which features of it make you like it more? (Not trolling, genuine question)

  11. Ben S
    December 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    CCleaner is one of those utilities that seems to only get better, just like Pushbullet. Having an all-in-one tool from a well-known developer is awesome.

    I use TreeSize Free for finding big files to clean up, but I'll give CCleaner's new feature a try and see if I like it better.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

      TreeSize is one of those programs that I never have installed on my system, but always end up looking for it when in a jam. I think CCleaner is the solution for me there, because that never leaves my OS :)

      PUSHBULLET ROCKS! Tried the new AirDroid 3? //

  12. Paul Harris
    December 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Installed on Nexus 5 and seems to work flawlessly. Downloaded from Google Play .

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

      You mean the Android version? Yeah, it works well. But it doesn't have the Disk Analyzer tool yet, right?

  13. Mike
    December 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I have used CCleaner for years now on both my home and work computers as one of my "suite" of free utilities. I also use Auslogics Disk Defragmenter and Revo Uninstaller and, if I think I have downloaded a problem, Malwarebytes Anti-Malwayre. I have left CCleaner with its default options and have never experienced a problem nor has it ever deleted anything I later regretted. I do, just to be safe, use the backup option when using the Registry Cleaner. It is a great program that does exactly what it says it will do quickly, efficiently and without constantly hounding you to buy something else.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Have you tried Defraggler, by the makers of CCleaner? I quite like that, more so than Auslogics.