This one is going to be a quickie. I know that many of my readers use CCleaner, which is probably the most well-known disk clean-up tool around. And, it just got better. Piriform has just released CCleaner 3.0. Of course, given that CCleaner is already pretty darn exhaustive, there isn’t a lot of new stuff in this update. From what I can see, the two biggest improvements are:
Drive Wiper: You probably know that the stuff that you delete in Windows isn’t really deleted immediately from your hard disk. There are plenty of tools that can bring them back with a single click. In fact, Piriform itself offers a free undelete tool called Recuva. Drive Wiper can make recovering deleted stuff pretty much impossible by overwriting deleted data repeatedly. Of course, this feature isn’t exactly revolutionary. Most system utilities, including TuneUp Utilities, already offer a secure file shredder. However, CCleaner has a nice bonus. You can even wipe your free space to ensure that stuff you have deleted in the past is indeed gone.
64 Bit Version: If you are on Windows x64, you will be pleased to know that now a specially optimised 64-bit version is available.
Additionally, the new version handles local db and persistent storage features of HTML5 in a better fashion. Microsoft Silverlight Isolated Storage cleaning support has also been introduced.
If you haven’t used CCleaner before, you should really give it a try. If you want to free up disk space, DiskMax is still the best you can get. However, if you are worried about privacy and want to clean your tracks, CCleaner is the way to go. It supports all the popular browsers along with dozens of Windows and third party tools, and best of all – it is completely free.