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Is ccleaner safe to use


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I was wondering if CCleaner would be a good safe program to help me remove a bunch of junk files from my computer that Disk Cleanup will not do. I looked online and found that a lot of people seem to like it, but then I saw on a wiki page that back in 2017 or 2016 it was infected with a virus. Is this program safe to use? I need a program that can cleanup my computer and give me some control over what does and does not get removed not just remove whatever it feels like removing.
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If you're worried about whether an installer file for a program is infected, then after you have downloaded it, scan it at VirusTotal ... https://www.virustot...gui/home/upload... before you use it to install the program.

 

CCleaner is a program that many people use to remove temporary files on their machine, and if used appropriately does not generally cause problems.

 

The only thing I would caution against with it, is the use of its "Registry Cleaner" function. It is a generally held belief in many help forums, that the use of "Registry Cleaners" of all types should be avoided, as their use often creates more problems than they resolve.


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So ccleaner is safe to use
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It's as safe as any other program of a similar type. If you use it properly it won't usually cause you problems.

 

No one can give you a 100% guarantee that any program is going to be 100% safe when run on your machine, because there are far too many variables that we don't know, that might affect the way a program interacts with the particular mix of programs and settings that are peculiar to your individual computer.


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Thanks for helping
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You're welcome. :)
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