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    February 20th, 2009

    I’ve got the demons within
    I’ve got to brush them all away
    I feel the demon’s rage
    I must clean them all away
    Yeah, yeah…

    Lyrics and Music by Josh Homme, recorded by Tool.

    These days frugal is the defining criteria.  Accordingly, it is great when you come across something that is both wonderful, works quickly and well, is easy to use and is, of course, *free*.   Accordingly CCleaner was a great find.  To quote their website:

    CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)”

    I have been using CCleaner (originally called CrapCleaner, but they have, ahem, modified the name somewhat) for a couple of years now and totally love it.  It does just what it says it does, quickly and easily.  My only regret is that it isn’t available for a Mac (it runs under Windows 98/NT4/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista including the 64-bit versions of XP and Vista).  The purists will probably tell me you don’t need the equvalent software on a Mac, but I digress..

    There are options if you wish to clean more than just the defaults – there is the “Advanced” tab to investigate.  It cleans Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. It cleans your registry and Windows. It also cleans up temp files and such from third party applications.

    Piriform, the creator of CCleaner, also has Defraggler (a defragmentation tool) and Recuva (a file recovery tool). I haven’t tried those yet, but if they work as well as CCleaner, this could be a hat trick.

    Good to know that there are (free) tools out there for the times that you feel you need to clean out all the demons within…

    This entry was posted on Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am and is filed under Adding Value, Cheap is Good but Free is Better!, Law Firm Strategy, Make it Work!, Technology, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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