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.