Spring clean your computer or Android device with CCleaner
Is your laptop running slowly?
Maybe the internet is dragging.
Perhaps EngageMe stopped crediting.
You’ve tried clearing cookies with Vanilla Cookie Manager but it hasn’t helped.
It’s time to bring out the big guns!
CCleaner is available for Windows, Mac, and, Android.
What is CCleaner and why should I be using it?
CCleaner is a disk cleanup tool on steroids developed by Piriform. It has two main uses:
- It scans for and deletes useless files, freeing up space.
- It erases private data like your browsing history and list of most recently opened files in various programs.
Once installed, you can run CCleaner to remove all the extraneous files that web surfing leaves on your device. It deep cleans your browsers and gets rid of any temp files.
It’s an extremely useful tool for anyone who uses GPT sites as the different surveys, offers, videos, etc., all leave lots of gunk in your browser’s cache. If you don’t clear out that clutter regularly, you’ll find that offers will stop crediting and your device will run slower.
Step 1 – Installing CCleaner
- Search for CCleaner or click on one of the links to go directly to the Piriform download page.
- On the download page you’ll usually be given an option to download the free version or pay for one of the other versions. I’ve always used the free version and it is plenty good enough.
- Scroll to the bottom and choose download.
- Save the file to your computer.
- Run the installation program.
Step 2 – Using CCleaner on a desktop/laptop
- Open CCleaner
- You’ll see a few options down the side. For the purposes of this post, we’ll only be talking about the Cleaner option. Note that the program includes relevant information about your system. In the screenshot below you can see that I’m using a Mac. If you’re using a Windows computer, it will say that.
- Scroll down the options for your device. Uncheck anywhere it says session. Most of the rest of the options should be ok but I would double check to ensure that your passwords or saved form information won’t be deleted. I choose not to have my Internet History deleted but you can delete it if you want, it won’t make a huge difference either way.
- Then go to Applications (or programs). Again, make sure that Session isn’t ticked. See below to see what else I recommend you check. Please note: If you have Vanilla set up correctly, CCleaner will not delete the cookies from your favourite sites. This saves time and aggravation.
- At the bottom of the program you’ll see two options: Analyze and Run Cleaner. Choose Analyze the first few times. This will show you what the program will delete before you run the cleaner.You can see in this screenshot that, despite running CCleaner yesterday, I already have 2GB of data I can delete from my MacBook. That’s all from running EngageMe and Playlist 4 (InstaGC). I tend to run CCleaner about once a week but should probably do it more often.
- Run Cleaner – If you want CCleaner to clean your browser’s cache you must ensure that they are closed. CCleaner will offer to close your browsers for you if they’re not completely shut down.
- Success! Your computer is now squeaky clean (well, apart from whatever else you’ve put on it…).
Step 2b – Using CCleaner on an Android phone/tablet
Remember to run CCleaner at least once a week for optimum performance
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