The best cleaning program to use

Have you ever been taken in by a slick offer for a fake registry cleaner which has done absolutely nothing for your computer but slow it down, necessitating a malware removal? 

ccleanerWe know the best software to use.  In the case of a file and registry cleaner, we use CCleaner by Piriform.

Here’s the information about the program.

CCleaner is a small, effective utility for computers running Microsoft Windows.

  • It cleans out the ‘junk’ that accumulates over time: temporary files, broken shortcuts, and other problems.
  • CCleaner protects your privacy. It cleans your browsing history and temporary internet files. Advertisers and websites track your behaviour online with cookies that stay on your computer. CCleaner erases your browser search history and cookies so any internet browsing you do stays confidential and your identity remains anonymous.
  • Over time your Windows registry can become cluttered with errors and broken settings which lead to errors and crashes. CCleaner’s patented registry cleaner clears out this clutter to make your PC more stable.
  • Quicker Startup, many programs run silently in the background when you start up your computer. CCleaner helps you get to work, or play faster by letting you disable unneeded programs.

CCleaner has four ‘panes': Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options. When the program is open, you can access each pane by clicking the associated icon/button at left.


Click on the Analyze button and you’ll get a summary of what can be cleaned. Then click ‘Run Cleaner.’


Click the Registry icon at left.

  • Click Scan for Issues. You’ll see a progress bar and a list of potential issues.

Click Fix selected issues… to fix the Registry problems.

  • You are prompted to backup the Registry first. We strongly recommend you click Yes.
  • Choose a location where to save the Registry backup. The file name ends in .REG. Click Save. Do this several times, as the registry has several parts.

This program is a free offering by Piriform. CCleaner Professional and professional Plus can be purchased from Piriform at

Contact us if you want help configuring the program.