The Rating Scale Breakdown:
- 0 – 0.5 – Abysmal
- 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
- 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
- 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
- 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
- 5.0 – Excellent
- Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
- Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
- N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program
V. 5.3 A – “CCleaner” Freeware Review Template
A. Installation CCleaner – 5.0 “Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple
B. Un-installing CCleaner – 5.0 “Excellent” – Fast, Safe and Simple
C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 “Excellent” – Absolutely no stability Issues
D1. Windows Cleaner – 4.5 “Great“ – Works very well. Just one point of warning. You will lose all your data on the items you have decided to check off. So check your list of “Windows Features” you are gonna clean first.
D2. Application Cleaner – 4.5 “Great“ – Works very well. Just one point of warning. You will lose all your data on the items you have decided to check off. So check your list of “Windows Applications” you are gonna clean first.
E. Cleaner Quality Test:
E1. Windows XP – 5.0 “Excellent“
E2. Windows Vista – 5.0 “Excellent“
E3. Windows 7 - 5.0 “Excellent“
E4. Windows 8 – 5.0 “Excellent“
G. Speed of Analyze – 5.0 “Excellent“ – Again, it will be over in about a 1 or 2 minutes at max. Unless you are running a really old rig. Then even then it is faster then most paid programs.
GG. Speed of Repair – 4.5 “Great“ – It will be over real quick. But be warned if you decide not to back-up your registry. Before fixing your registry you are doing it at your own risk. I say that just to warn people. I have never had in issue and I have been using this program for perhaps 10 + years (Maybe even more).
H. Registry Cleaner Quality Test:
H1. Windows XP – 5.0 “Excellent“
H2. Windows Vista – 5.0 “Excellent“
H3. Windows 7 - 5.0 “Excellent“
H4. Windows 8 – 4.0 “Great“
I1. Uninstaller – 3.0 “Average” – This option is shaky at best. This option often leaves a mess in its wake. Be warned not all of said uninstalled program maybe gone.
I2. Startup - 4.5 “Great” - This option is the king of killing start-up programs and process. But there are some that programs for what ever reason fail to yield to this CCleaner option. Be warned you can cause your computer damage if you don’t allow certain programs to run on boot up. You may also cause MAJOR security holes in your PC.
I3. System Restore – 3.0 “Average” – It would be awesome if it worked every time. But sadly I only use this option as the last last resort.
I4. Drive Wiper – Not Tested - I’ve never tried it and don’t plan too anytime soon. Sorry, if you want to give this option a go. By all means let me know the fallout. I’d be more then happy to post your score on the next review we do.
J1. Settings – 4.5 “Great” – Simple and to the point exactly what you want. You can even undo stuff you had to choose when you originally installed Cleaner.
J2. Cookies – 4.0 “Great” – this option is only great if you know what you are doing. and my friend this will take a wee bit of Computer Knowledge and a tad bit of Internet Savvy to pull of exactly what you want. And even then you may not get the outcome you want on the first or second go at it.
J3. Include – Not Tested – I have never used this option and have really no clue what it does. Beyond the very simplistic description it offers above.
J4. Exclude – Not Tested – Same as above. I have never used this option and have really no clue what it does. Beyond the very simplistic description it offers above.
J5. Advanced – Not Tested – Same as above. But it appears simple enough to navigate.
K. Updating – 4.0 “Great“ – Needs to be updated manually. Sometimes your promoted when there is a new version of CCleaner out. And other times your not. I’m not really sure why that is. I have the option checked off.
L. CCleaner Support – Not Tested – Never needed it before and I doubt I will in the future. But I imagine if it’s anything like CCleaner itself. It would be pretty awesome.
My Overall Score: 95.5/105
90.9 % = A +
My Final Verdict -Part 1-: CCleaner still remains top of it’s class when it comes to the freeware model of PC Utility programs. They really don’t make freeware programs like this. I don’t really have any issue with CCleaner. Other then maybe it tries to do to much and it falls flat or stretches itself to thin.
Perfect examples of this are the uninstaller and restore feature. Why not drop them and add that vim and vinegar in improving other aspects of CCleaner Free.
My Final Verdict -Part 2-: I have to admit at first glance CCleaner looks too good to be true. Even my score an almost perfect absolutely floors me. As I don’t normal see that type of score or quality in any program let alone a freeware version of a PC Utility.
The best way for me to end this review is by saying. There is a reason why we got so many e-mails asking us to review CCleaner. But there is also credience in why CClear is in the top 5 most downloaded programs on http://download.cnet.com/windows/
1. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download (CCleaners Main Download Page)
Till The Next Review,