Scan Computers And Clean Up Old Files

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 recover it.

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.