The winapp2.ini is the file CCleaner gets all its cleaning information from that allows you to add your own cleaning locations. CCleaner users can use the winapp2.ini file to add custom cleaning locations to the program. The popular CCenhancer for instance adds hundreds of entries to the file.
It basically contains all the cleaning information, from the directory or Registry location, to the files and keys, and the type of cleaning. At its core, it is just a text file which makes it ideal for integration into other applications as well. The Open Source disk cleaner Bleachbit takes advantage of this as it can import
all of CCleaner's cleaning locations. the winapp2.ini file as well.
This guide explains how this is done. You basically have two options to import the datafile into Bleachbit. Without doubt the easiest option is to have the program download the information for you. You need to start Bleachbit for that first, and click on Edit > Preferences then to open the settings window. Locate "download and update cleaners from community (winapp2.ini)" and check it.
You then need to restart the program so that the new definitions are downloaded and added to the program's cleaning options. Downloading might be the easiest option, but it is not the best if you have modified the winapp2.ini file manually on your system.
If you have added your own definitions to it, you might want to import that file instead into Bleachbit to take advantage of those custom locations as well. If that is the case, you need to move the winapp2.ini into the Cleaners directory of the Bleachbit folder to have it recognized by the program after a restart. This works both with the portable version of the program, and the installer.
When the program restarts, you will notice the additional cleaning options listed in the sidebar. Just select the items like you would any other, and click on the preview or clean buttons to process the locations.
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