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SlimCleaner, Windows PC Maintenance Software

SlimCleaner is a PC maintenance software that offers access to several maintenance related tools. The program is currently offered as a beta version, with PC cleanup and optimization modules, a software uninstaller, file shredder and HiJack This log generator.

The cleaner resembles the popular program CCleaner. It dividedes the data that can be cleaned into the three tabs Windows, Applications and Browsers. These tabs are further divided into sections such as Windows History, Productivity or File Sharing.

Each section lists multiple program or data locations that can be cleaned by SlimCleaner. The Analyze button starts a scan of the system for the selected entries and displays the results in list form at the end.

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slimcleaner
system cleanup
system cleanup

Each program or storage location that was found during the scan is displayed with the total amount of files and the combined data size on the computer. It is possible to run the cleaner right away, or click on any entry to view a detailed listing of every file, with the possibility to exclude items from the cleanup.

The optimization tool makes use of information from the cloud to rate a program in the startup tab. The rating gives the user immediate information about the startup program, which may be used to decide whether to remove it from the startup or not.

Each program entry is listed with a rating, publisher and startup command.

Additional information can be retrieved by following links to the developer's website.

optimization
optimization

The Services tab lists all services and their current, original and supercharged state. Supercharged here is a special services configuration created by the developers of the software. It basically changes states to optimize the system.

A restore tab is available to undo changes that have been previously made.

The uninstaller uses the cloud to rate installed programs. That's however the only difference to the standard Windows uninstaller. Still, it is interesting to see the rating, which may help users remove software with low ratings.

uninstaller
uninstaller

The file shredder can securely delete files in the operating system. It offers various shred levels like quick overwriting the files, or using the Guttman 35 overwrite algorithm. Files and folders can be added easily from within the program interface.

The Hijack Log creates a HiJack This log, again with ratings from the cloud whenever available. This can aid users in detecting potentially dangerous programs and objects.

Windows Tools finally leads to various Windows control panel and system tools.

windows tools
windows tools

SlimCleaner shows a lot of promise. The program could use some polishing, the uninstaller for instance crashes the application on one of our test systems. All other sections worked fine though.

Specialized tools like CCleaner or Revo Uninstaller offer additional features that SlimCleaner in its current state is not offering. The cloud based rating system however is an excellent feature, even though many programs are not rated yet. This should change soon with the distribution of the software, as every user is able to rate software directly in the program.

SlimCleaner is available for download at the developer website. (via Beatmaster's Winlite Blog)

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Comments

  1. Paul(us) said on September 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm
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    Hoi Martin, Nice find but like you are writing this program offers noting above CCleaner/ Revo Uninstaller. It’s would be nice if it does this because than i do not need two programs but only one. Hopefully the will/the programmer improve this program.

    But right know i have something related for you an other cleaning program that i found with thanks to shell extension city named OPTIMA this program gives Windows a deeper, in Borland Delphi written, Windows Cleanup tool. This program aim is to remove temporary and useless files from your drives. It performs a deeper cleanup than the standard Windows cleanup tool while allowing you to identify useless files and remove them with the same ease. Would you be so kind to take a look at it and if possible writhe you thoughts about it to us.

  2. kalmly said on September 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm
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    Interesting. To me, this looks to offer more than Ccleaner but I haven’t used Ccleaner for so long, I’m sure it has changed. By the time I got it to stop eating all the things I wanted to keep, there didn’t seem to be much use for it. Started using Glary. Maybe you’d enlighten us as to what is missing in SlimCleaner. The HiJack log is a huge plus and access to most of Windows Control Panel apps in one place is nice too.

    As you said, “looks promising”.

    Thanks for the info.

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