When it comes to utility software, registry cleaners are very useful programs, meant to improve the overall speed and performance of your computer.
When you uninstall apps from your device, there are still files and entries that don’t get deleted. Over time, these will make your computer slow and sluggish.
When referring to Windows PCs, registry repair software scans your computer and rebuilds your Windows registry. They eliminate all the useless files on your computer (outdated files, duplicates, etc.) and free up your disk space. They also help you get rid of all those annoying errors displayed due to invalid registry keys.
CCleaner is one of the most popular utility software for Windows and for Mac computers, too.
CCleaner was developed by Piriform, a British company founded in 2005. The program was initially designed for Windows devices, but starting 2012, it also became compatible with Mac computers.
CCleaner is widely used all over the world and has more than 2.5 billion downloads so far.
CCleaner works on Windows PCs that run Windows 98 and newer (up to Windows 10).
The Mac version works on macOS 10.6 to 10.13 High Sierra (64-bit).
CCleaner has a mobile app, too, which only works on Android for now.
There are two versions of the program for home use, regardless of the operating system you are using: a Free version and a Professional one.
The Professional version costs $19.95 (for Windows or Mac).
The features included with the free version are standard privacy protection and standard cleaning. For the Mac version, you can control which apps use your Mac’s resources and remove tracking files and browsing data. Unfortunately, customer support is not the greatest if you opt for the free version of the program.
If you upgrade to the paid version you get the following:
For the Windows version
- Complete cleaning
- Detection and removal of internet trackers
- Instant product updates
- Your browsing history will be kept private
- You get priority customer support
For the Mac version
- Automatic cleaning of your browser every time you close it
- Real-time junk monitoring
- Automatic updates
- Priority support
Piriform boasts on CCleaner making your Mac computer with up to 53% faster. PCs will also get up to 28% more free RAM after using CCleaner.
If you don’t have your heart set on CCleaner and you want to try other programs for free, here are some options to consider:
Auslogics Registry Cleaner. This is another useful freeware you can try. It is compatible with Windows XP and up to Windows 10. It has a simple and user-friendly interface and it categorizes and colors your registry files.
JetClean. It is compatible with Windows 2000 and newer and works on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. It is really fast, being capable of performing a deep scan within just a few seconds.
SlimCleaner. It is rich in features and is pretty similar to CCleaner. It works on Windows 2000 and up to Windows 10.