I'm currently using several tools to clean my system, change settings to increase security and privacy, control startup items and tweak system settings to improve performance. Software like CCleaner, Xpy, Autoruns and several others do the job just fine with the only minor issue that I have to open them if I want to change specific settings. It would be far easier to use one software to do all of those tasks.
nCleaner is that software. I was not really sure when I read the description, one could say skeptical but I was soon convinced that nCleaner was indeed such a useful software that it will be replacing several other software programs that I have installed on my system. All that with a size of only 875 Kilobytes.
Update: The last nCleaner update dates back to 2007. It is not recommended to use the program anymore, especially not on newer versions of Windows. Instead, use CCleaner which has grown to be one of the better programs when it comes to cleaning your system. The program's rating has been updated to reflect that.
nCleaner pleasantly surprised me at first start by displaying notes and security tips for my system. It told me for instance that uPnP was enabled and that Automatic Downloads were disabled.
The main interface lists eight options, those are:
Lets you clean so many files and Registry settings that it is hard to keep an overview. Lets you backup your Registry as well which is recommended before you run the cleaner.
This menu is divided into Systems & Applications and Registry. The first lists several sections like System Items, Office Applications and Internet Browsers who all have their own submenu with a lot of settings.
It is possible to add cookie exceptions and custom items. This is a comprehensive cleaner replacing CCleaner 2 on my system.
Scan selected hard drives for all kind of junk - that is temporary files - and clean them. It is also possible to find empty folders, files and shortcuts. Again with the option to add more file types.
Two tabs listing general and privacy tweaks starting with 'Don't show balloon tips' and ending with setting the max connections per server for the Internet Explorer to 10. Three profiles can be selected if you do not want to enable or disable the settings by yourself.
The profiles are Suggested, Performance and System Default.
Enable or Disable items that are loaded during startup. Lists files but also registry entries, services but also system settings.
Real Time System Monitor:
Monitors the system to ensure that at least a selected amount of space if free at any given time. Cleans Temp files and others automatically when that limit is reached.
Shred Free Space:
Deletes all remaining file information on the free space of your hard drive to make it impossible to recover those files and information by normal means.
Password protect nCleaner, select an algorithm to shred free space (Gutman 35 pass, Dod 5220.22M with 7 and 5 pass and Random with a custom amount of passes). Many more options and settings are available.
Pretty obvious what this does, eh?
Ncleaner is great. Enough said. If you do not have it already go get it right now.
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