Monday, September 21, 2009

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Clear Unwanted Junk Files From You PC Automatically | CCleaner

You must be wondering what that ‘C’ before the word “Cleaner” is for? Well, that initially stood for “Crap”. Now it is not so, but the name is still retained as CCleaner. It is a tiny software which helps a great deal in cleaning out junk the easy way.

“Junk” here includes internet browsing history, record of the data accessed by the user since the last logon session, database of thumbnails created by windows, cookies, saved form information, temporary files, clipboard data, auto-complete data, Run MRU list etc. All this stuff is cleaned in one stroke. If you are an advanced user, CCleaner offers an “Advanced Section” where you can also delete prefetch data, Windows cache of all sorts, uninstallers, etc.

Prefetch data is required for fast accessibility of the most used programs. It is stored in the Windows folder on the root drive and its settings can be altered through Windows registry editor. Tweaking such things has been described later in the book.

Get CCleaner for free from filehippo itself. Download and install it. Also try to keep it as a part of your quick launch bar for easy access. Run CCleaner and press the Analyze button to show up the list of files to be deleted, and clean them.

The main reason I included CCleaner in my recommended list of software is because of its versatility. Not only does it clean up unnecessary data, but it also provides tools for a complete cleanup of a machine namely registry cleaner, startup checker, uninstaller, a separate cookie handler, and options for secure or fast deletion. Along with all that, it offers command line parameters to perform a cleanup making your work more easier.

In order to get the full benefit of this utility, use command line parameters. Users can do the cleaning up process on their own. But the purpose of this book is to make things perform faster than they usually do. Using Command line parameters involves writing commands that are part of DOS (Disk Operating System) in a normal text editor and saving them as executable Batch files having the extension .bat. To accomplish this, open Notepad. (It is assumed that CCleaner is installed in the default directory created by its installer i.e., "C:\Program Files\CCleaner\".) This bat file would clean up junk without the user having to open CCleaner, then click on Scan, and then finally clicking on Run Cleaner to get the job done. Copy the code below and paste in Notepad:

@ echo off
"C:\Program Files\CCleaner\ccleaner.exe" /auto

The “@ echo off” command specifies that from the next line onwards the command itself won't be echoed (displayed) on the present command prompt window.
If you have not installed CCleaner in its default directory, you can change the code to suit your need. Let’s say you have installed it in a drive with Drive Label X (where X can be C, D ,E ,F and so on) within a folder called softwares. So your location now would be X:\softwares\CCleaner. So your edited code would become like this:

@ echo off
“X:\software\CCleaner\ccleaner.exe” /auto

That's it.
Save the Notepad file as "Clean Trash.BAT". Now you don't need to open CCleaner at all. Simply run this file and you would see for a millisecond an icon of CCleaner in your notification area and it would disappear quickly as soon as the cleaning is completed.

Secondly there is an additional advantage of creating a .bat file which would clean up your machine and just after that shut it down too, all in one click! To do this, some minor changes have to be incorporated in your bat file and this one should be saved with a name let’s say “Clean Shutdown.bat”.
For the default directory the code would be:

@ echo off
"C:\Program Files\CCleaner\ccleaner.exe" /auto /shutdown

And similarly, for the CCleaner in directory X:\softwares\CCleaner it would be:

@ echo off
“X:\softwares\ccleaner\ccleaner.exe” /auto /shutdown

Download CCleaner Here: http://www.ccleaner.com/download

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