An alternative to CCleaner.

CCleaner has long been one of my favorite system cleaners. I use it often to purge my browser cache and any other junk files that take up disk space. I’ll always continue using it as it’s served its purpose well time and time again.

I recently came across another system cleaner that may very well compete with CCleaner. Privazer takes a more thorough approach in its cleaning operations as it cleans your browser history, junk files and other temporary files that can safely be deleted. In the process it preserves your privacy by removing traces of your usage.

When you first run Privazer, it walks you through a series of screens asking what it is you’d like to clean up and gives you options on how it will conduct its cleaning operations. Novice users will feel at ease with the simplistic, user-friendly interface but power users will appreciate the advanced options for even more cleaning power.

Due to its more thorough nature, Privazer takes longer to run the first time. It took 50 minutes for it to clean my system and clear the free space on my hard drive. It’s able to detect unused sectors of the hard drive and leaves those alone so it can concentrate on clearing those sectors with previously deleted data. CCleaner would take over an hour to clean my system and clear the free space.

I’m going to continue using CCleaner as I usually do, but I will definitely add Privazer to my list of programs to run as part of my monthly system maintenance.

Earache, my iTunes.

I had recently updated my installation of iTunes to the latest version when I got this message when trying to launch it:

iTunes was not installed properly. Please re-install iTunes. (Error 7).

So I did a total uninstall using Revo Uninstaller, rebooted and tried installing iTunes again only to get the same message as before. So I looked up this error message online and I was taken to this page that had me double check my Microsoft .NET installations for errors, so I did and found no problems there. But iTunes still wouldn’t run.

By this time I was fed up with iTunes and decided to leave it uninstalled but from that point on, I would see this error message when starting up my computer:

APSDaemon.exe system error
ICUDT49.DLL is missing

Another search took me to this page that had the solution to the problem. Basically I had to remove everything from Apple from my Add/Remove Programs list and delete their folders under Program Files and Common Files. Again I used Revo Uninstaller to accomplish this since it’s able to remove leftover traces of these programs from the registry and hard drive. Afterwards I used CCleaner to do a quick clean of the registry, rebooted and was able to re-install iTunes without errors. Once again it’s working and I’m back in business with my 100GB music library completely intact.

What a mess.

CCleaner turbocharged.

One of my favorite system cleaners is CCleaner, which always does a great job keeping my system clean and running in top form. When combined with CCEnhancer, a great add-on that adds support for over 500 programs from Adobe Flash to Windows log files, CCleaner becomes a serious turbocharged system cleaner. I’ve been using it myself for several months now and have not had any problems. The only minor setback is the brief delay before CCleaner launches so CCEnhancer can grab the latest program definitions from the web but it’s worth the wait for the tremendous cleaning power CCleaner now possesses.

Making your computer run faster.

Even though I’ve been out of work it’s still refreshing to see my computer expertise still in demand. My mother-in-law recently asked me to check out her laptop and see what I could do to make it run faster. I wasted no time taking to the Internet to retrieve the very programs that would help me accomplish this task.
The first program I downloaded was CCleaner, which does wonders in clearing the browser cache, cookies and other temporary files. As this program was never before run on the laptop it cleared up well over a gigabyte of disk space. But I wasn’t done.
Next I installed the free registry defrag utility to optimize the system registry. Upon analysis the utility determined the registry was heavily fragmented and in dire need of optimization.
Then I ran PureRa to clean some other temporary files missed by CCleaner, files such as thumbs.db, iconcache.db and other such files that tend to clutter up the hard drive. I wanted to clear as many temporary files as I could before going on to the last step.
Finally I ran the MyDefrag utility to defragment the files on the hard disk. I prefer this utility over the defragmenter included with Windows because it’s much faster and does a better job optimizing the files on the hard disk.
The next day I got an e-mail from my mother-in-law telling me that her laptop was running much faster. Needless to say, she was very pleased.
Mission accomplished.

The return of CCleaner.

I am seriously impressed with the new version of CCleaner. It’s been completely re-written from scratch so it’s actually smaller, needing only 736KB of disk space. The new version also does not include or register any external files, making it truly portable.
My only complaint about CCleaner is the 2.5MB installation file. It’s rather large for a small program because it includes the Yahoo Toolbar, which you don’t even need to install to enjoy CCleaner. I do have a hunch the authors will soon have a version of CCleaner without an installer so you can unzip it to your USB drive.