CCEnhancer is a tiny app made by The Web Atom to enhance the functionality of the world’s most popular “cleaning” tool for Windows, CCleaner. CCEnhancer adds detection of temp, “junk” and “unnecessary” files for over 270 additional third-party programs to CCleaner.
Doesn’t Get Any Easier
CCEnhancer is a minuscule 350KB download and is a cinch to use. Once downloaded, simply launch CCEnhancer with admin privileges and press “Download latest” to fetch an up-to-date file containing the list of additional third-party apps and the location of their “unnecessary” files which CCEnhancer then adds to CCleaner’s configuration. Once that’s finished (after about 10-20 seconds), you can launch CCleaner and check out all the new apps that were added by looking at the ‘Applications’ tab under the ‘Cleaner’ section of CCleaner. There you can choose what application’s files you want to remove.
Detailed Results Are Your Friend
As with any cleanup tool, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what will be removed from your computer before it’s actually deleted. CCleaner has a handy ‘Analyze’ feature that is quite useful when you have the ‘Show initial results in detailed view’ setting enabled. When you analyze your system with the option turned on, you’ll see a detailed list of every single file CCleaner’s wants to remove. If you find something listed that you don’t want removed, you can add it to CCleaner’s exclusion list and then re-analyze to make sure it’s no longer slated for removal there.
A Note of Caution
Even the best cleanup programs make mistakes, as witnessed by Bill Pytlovany creator, developer and owner of WinPatrol. In a recent update to CCleaner (through no fault of CCEnhancer’s), he noticed (and also remarked about being careful with cleanup programs) that Piriform added the detection and removal of a file critical to the proper operation of WinPatrol. The issue was quickly resolved, but it’s a potent reminder to always keep your eye on any cleanup or optimization tools you use to make sure they don’t mistakenly remove something you don’t want them to.
I've also noticed people commenting that they were wary of trying CCEnhancer because they didn't know what programs it adds to CCleaner's detections. The Web Atom maintains the list (and the locations of files) at the following address so you can check it out before using CCEnhancer: http://content.thewebatom.net/files/winapp2.ini.
Give CCleaner and CCEnhancer a shot and get your act (well your computer at least) cleaned up a bit, will ya? Just make sure you know what you're deleting. :)
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App info Software: CCEnhancer Version used: 2.2 Beta (12/07/2010) Compatibility: All versions of CCleaner (32 and 64-bit) Installer size: 350KB License: Freeware Language(s): English Homepage: http://thewebatom.net/software/ccenhancer/download/
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