Out of the many computer cleaning applications available, drive cleaners come in
several varieties. The most popular seem to be the 'disk cleaner' or 'file cleaner'
class utilities such as the free CCleaner software, that are used to clean up your
harddisk of unused files and recover wasted space. Another distinct group is the
privacy protection type, clean up internet tracks and get rid of the previously typed
URLs from drop down lists from the most common browsers tools such as Evidence Eliminator.
Another type of utility is the 'porn remover', which detects the existence of porn
and inappropriate material and can simplify the removal of the detected objects.
Still another class of cleaners consists of forensic style software which rubs out
existing files and data from anywhere on the disk and even forensic methods cannot
How to clean your disk? There are two simple options; you can go the manual path,
meaning you select and delete items by hand, or the drive can be cleaned automatically.
The more user intensive manual process means stepping through all drive areas and
choosing what parts of the drive are no longer required, and purging them on a per
item basis. The manual method is more thorough than running a cleanup program but
if there are many files and folders this can take time and energy. There are also
automated programs that make delete/dont delete decisions based on fields which include
file properties, last opened dates, etc. and then automatically create a collection
of files and folders that can be safely deleted.
A growing number of cleaner tools can be found which manage the drive cleaning process
from different angles. Searching the internet reveals utilities that specialize in
helping you scan computers
and most of these systems have other related cleaning functions.
There is usually much is more that that software can do, many can also clean up
orphaned data, perform automated porn removal, find unlicensed software installed
on the computer, and show where your disk space is being taken up.