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CCleaner - Delete Memory Dumps, Windows Log Files and Windows Error Reporting?


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#1 F1Help

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 07:19 AM

Hi,

I am going through the options in CCleaner to decide which items to clean or keep on a Windows PC.  What would you recommend doing for these items?

  • Memory Dumps
  • Windows Log Files
  • Windows Error Reporting

Is it good to clean and tidy up these items, or are they worth keeping and should not be deleted?

Is there usually anything worth keeping in Temporary Files?

 

I'm not intending to run CCleaner very frequently - perhaps once a month or ad-hoc when something needs cleaning.

Thanks.



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Posted 09 April 2018 - 07:31 AM

Generally...a log file is created by Windows...to provide an audit trail for review...if a user wants to conduct a review of a given event/process.

 

Windows Error Reporting and Memory Dump files...are potentially crucial when attempting to troubleshoot known system issues, IMO.

 

Not sure what "log files" might be...I've never had the inclination to use such because I don't have the brain power to troubleshoot complex problems (e.g., chkdsk logs) but I would leave such alone since they might be useful to those who are more adept at troubleshooting system issues.

 

I cannot think of a valid reason for ever deleting the above-named files...log files are generally tiny and do not themselves normally present any system problems...and they are created with the intent of being potentially helpful.  The developers of Windows are far more intelligent than I...I assume that such knowledge is reflected in the creation of "log files."

 

Do not invoke the "registry cleaner" function of Ccleaner.

 

Temporary files can (and should be) routinely deleted.  Such may often be a locus of adware/malware.  See Ken Blake comments at Answers, Microsoft.com .

 

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Edited by hamluis, 09 April 2018 - 07:37 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2018 - 11:38 AM

Hi Louis,

Many thanks for your reply as that has helped me make up my mind about my usage of CCleaner (and similar apps such as Glary Utilities).

I will primarily use CCleaner for deleting Temporary Files and keep the log files and similar (as they are typically small and might be useful).  Although I will use CCleaner, I only have a small number of items marked off for deletion that I feel comfortable with.  My strategy is to unselect all items then just select the ones that I really want (not the other way round).

Sometimes, Memory Dumps can be large and some significant disk space can be saved by deleting them.  However. as they can be used to troubleshoot issues (such as when a BSOD occurs), it might be best to leave them, particularly if they are relating to an issue that happened recently.

I will leave the registry cleaner (although it did find some registry entries that shouldn't be there from apps I had previously uninstalled).



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Posted 09 April 2018 - 08:15 PM

. . .  they can be used to troubleshoot issues (such as when a BSOD occurs), it might be best to leave them, particularly if they are relating to an issue that happened recently.

I will leave the registry cleaner (although it did find some registry entries that shouldn't be there from apps I had previously uninstalled).

 

You've hit two nails on their heads.  Log files and memory dumps are really of no use unless you are in the midst of diagnosing a current crisis or are trying to figure something out (in the case of logs).  Ancient logs and memory dumps are both useless as far as I'm concerned.


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