The first thing that I do when I discover a new temporary file cleaner is to find out if and how it differs from CCleaner. I think we can all agree that CCleaner is one of the best tools in the temporary file cleaning niche, and that every other application that gets created in the niche should be compared to it to answer the simple question why one should use it instead of CCleaner.
When you look at Clean Temporary Files you will immediately notice that it does not support as many locations as CCleaner, even if CCleaner Enhancer is not taken into consideration. And while you can add custom folders to the program that you want to clean up, it would mean lots of work to add all the locations manually to the application.
Clean Temporary Places on the other hand ships with features that CCleaner does not ship with. This includes statistics about the cleanup history, displayed as a graph, and as total, maximum and previous values. And unlike CCleaner, Clean Temporary Files ships with networking support that network administrators can make use of to clean files on connected systems (CCleaner's Network Edition offers the same functionality at a price).
The supported locations are what's holding the program back, at least for users who expect a similar level of support that CCleaner is offering. The program supports Firefox's and Internet Explorer's cache location for instance, but not that of Google Chrome, Opera or other web browsers. You may also ask yourself what software distributions cover for instance, as it is not explained anywhere in the program.
It takes two clicks to clean up all the locations though, and while it lacks several locations that you may want to include in cleanup operations, it covers important locations by default. Another are where it lacks is support for Registry cleanups.
Clean Temporary Places ships with features that the free version of CCleaner does not ship with, which is always a good sign. The cleaning locations it supports cover the basics, but everything beyond that is up to the user to add, which many may feel is to strenuous to do. Still, if the locations cover what you want to clean, you could take a closer look at the program after all.
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