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Frequency of using CCleaner and Disk Cleanup?


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#1 herbman

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 12:11 PM

I was curios to know how often do people use "disk cleanup" and CCleaner , TFC   to remove temp files ?   I use all of these multiple times a day and i thought to myself it's probably not a smart thing to do and unnecessary   .

 

I typically check and remove any temp files i find immediately , what is your take on this .

 

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 12:21 PM

I suspect that there is no pattern for users.  I just do it anytime that I think it needs to be done...typically when there are signs of possible browser problems.  I certainly would not/do not do it daily or even weekly.  My Event Viewer errors may assist me in determining when.

 

Of course...with any hint of adware or something worse...I flush the browser cache.

 

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 12:22 PM

Cleaning temporary files on a perpetual instant loop is a waste of time unless you're really pressed for disc space and if you are that pressed you had ought to consider offloading infrequently used items to external drives and/or installing a larger capacity drive.
 
It's not that it isn't a good idea to clean them up on regular intervals, and my recommendation is quarterly to semi-annually for most users.
 
I use CCleaner more often than that, but not because I'm trying to clean up temporary files, per se, but because over time browser cache tends to become corrupt if you are browsing for days and days on end and the 'Cleaner' option is where cache cleaning takes place.  Any time I start getting "odd" behaviors in a web browser the first thing I do is purge browser cache.   I allow the temporary file cleaning to take place simply because I'm running CCleaner and it doesn't add so much more time to the process that it annoys me.
 
I prefer CCleaner for browser cache cleaning because it is so much faster than using the equivalent "clear history" function in either Firefox or Chrome.


Edited by hamluis, 19 November 2015 - 07:54 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 01:32 PM

OK thanks gentlemen , appreciate the feedback.



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Posted 19 November 2015 - 03:16 PM

Hey, herbman!

 

I don't use those specific products, but others like them.  I run them MANUALLY about once a week, sometimes less often.  Or, when the system slows down.  There is an appreciable improvement in operation afterwards.  The importance of doing it manually cannot be stressed enough.  So many of these programs can cause harm if you don't monitor them every step of the way.  Example:  I run a good many programs off external drives.  So the registry cleaner brings up false positives for entries it thinks should be removed, simply because I don't have that drive plugged in at the moment.

 

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 03:32 PM

FWIW, I never use a 'temp' or file cleaner of any sort, never have in all my years of computer use. My machine with comparable specs runs as fast across the board as my co-workers does, who is fanatical about any sort of 'leftovers'. I fail to see the point of one since Microsoft didn't include such a feature as standard equipment with the OS. Seems akin to putting 'racing' stickers on your personal car to gain a few more 'horsepower'....

But everyone is entitled to their own way of doing things. If you feel better after 'cleaning' and no loss of operablity, then by all means indulge yourself.

The only 'clean up' I do is empty the recycle bin on occasion.

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 04:17 PM

FWIW, I never use a 'temp' or file cleaner of any sort, never have in all my years of computer use. My machine with comparable specs runs as fast across the board as my co-workers does, who is fanatical about any sort of 'leftovers'. I fail to see the point of one since Microsoft didn't include such a feature as standard equipment with the OS. Seems akin to putting 'racing' stickers on your personal car to gain a few more 'horsepower'....

But everyone is entitled to their own way of doing things. If you feel better after 'cleaning' and no loss of operablity, then by all means indulge yourself.

The only 'clean up' I do is empty the recycle bin on occasion.

 

 

No disk cleanup once in awhile  , that does surprise me but i don't know much so who cares what i think lol.

Hey, herbman!

 

I don't use those specific products, but others like them.  I run them MANUALLY about once a week, sometimes less often.  Or, when the system slows down.  There is an appreciable improvement in operation afterwards.  The importance of doing it manually cannot be stressed enough.  So many of these programs can cause harm if you don't monitor them every step of the way.  Example:  I run a good many programs off external drives.  So the registry cleaner brings up false positives for entries it thinks should be removed, simply because I don't have that drive plugged in at the moment.

 

You don't run a Ferrari through a $5.00 car wash, and you don't run your computer on automatic cleaners, either.

 

 

 

 

I should of mentioned that i do run them manually and always use CC portable .    Now i know why my Ferrari has swirl marks in the paint , no more $5.00 car washes for me .

 

Thanks everyone


Edited by herbman, 19 November 2015 - 04:18 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2015 - 05:39 PM

I only use them at work when I troubleshoot issues where temp files and caching could be causing an issue. Otherwise, at home I use it only from time to time, when I see that my SSD is having less free space than it should have. Otherwise, I delete all of the temp folders manually (I know their locations).

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 05:41 PM

CCleaner was originally known as Crap Cleaner and cleaned up its name when it went commercial.

 

As far as I've ever known, file cleaning is not done to improve "speed" of the computer but to reclaim what would otherwise be dead disk space.  I've always found it pretty appalling how many programs leave all kinds of garbage lying around from installation, uninstallation, and otherwise.

 

Registry cleaning is what I've always heard claims made regarding improving overall speed, and whether it does or not at least the theoretical basis for that claim has surface validity.  I don't do it anymore, though, as it doesn't seem to have any effect that I've ever been able to detect.

 

Cleaning browser cache and optimizing the databases they use definitely has a positive impact on performance and often solves actual problems with their behaviors.


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Posted 19 November 2015 - 10:14 PM

I only use them at work when I troubleshoot issues where temp files and caching could be causing an issue. Otherwise, at home I use it only from time to time, when I see that my SSD is having less free space than it should have. Otherwise, I delete all of the temp folders manually (I know their locations).

 

Can you share , this would be very helpful , if you don't want to share just tell me to go piss off and i will be happy to do so .

 

Thanks 


Edited by herbman, 19 November 2015 - 10:14 PM.


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Posted 19 November 2015 - 10:21 PM

C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Low\IE
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Low\Flash

Just to list a few.

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/temporary-internet-files-folder-location

A lot of temporary folders for Internet Explorer (and other web browsers) can be found under C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows.

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 02:59 AM

C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Low\IE
C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Low\Flash

Just to list a few.

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/temporary-internet-files-folder-location

A lot of temporary folders for Internet Explorer (and other web browsers) can be found under C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows.

 

 

 

 Thank you very much , appreciate it.



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Posted 20 November 2015 - 08:25 AM

No problem, you're welcome.

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