A first look at CCleaner Cloud

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 25, 2015
Updated • Sep 25, 2015

Piriform, the makers of popular applications such as CCleaner and Recuva have released a cloud-based version of CCleaner recently called CCleaner Cloud.

One of the core differences between regular CCleaner versions and CCleaner Cloud is that the control center has been moved to the web so that you can control one or multiple computer systems remotely. Access requires a modern web browser only but no software installation on the control system so that you can control Windows PCs from Linux, Macs or other operating systems as well using CCleaner Cloud.

The first thing you need to do to get CCleaner Cloud working is to create an account on the official site. It may take a while before you get the invitation as the system is still invitation-based currently (it took a couple of hours in my case).

Once that is out of the way you need to download installers for each computer system that you want to control using CCleaner Cloud. You may download account-specific or account-independent installers. The core difference between the two is that the first requires input of username and password while the second does not (hand the second to your parents, family members or friends whose computer systems you manage).

The free version is limited to three devices that you can add this way. CCleaner is only available for Windows so that is another limitation currently.

The program runs in the background and provides little configuration options. The only settings available let you configure the type of Internet connection (direct or proxy), and the logging detail level.

Everything else is handled on the web. There you find listed all computer systems connected to the account and their status.

A click on the computer displays hardware and software information that may have been taken directly from the company's Speccy application.

Hardware lists all the devices and specs of installed hardware including RAM, motherboard, cpu but also detailed information about network cards and peripherals.

Software on the other hand lists information about the operating system, running processes, startup items and installed software.

The information are comprehensive and similar to what Speccy reports when it is run on the PC.

There is even an add software option to install custom software directly from the cloud. Available for selection are popular apps like 7-Zip, Firefox and Notepad++ as well as options to install custom software using Dropbox.

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You find several interesting options listed under Software including options to manage startup items and uninstall software on the selected computer system.

The CCleaner tab lists the same option that you get when you run CCleaner directly on Windows PCs. This includes not only the cleaning options but also other tools such as the Registry Cleaner or Drive Wiper that come with CCleaner.

Some options have been removed; there is for instance no startup manager anymore but that is likely because you find it listed under software now in the cloud interface.

One limitation here is that you cannot add new rules using the excellent CCEnhancer application. The only option to add custom rules is to add them one by one using the CCleaner settings. A click on run cleaner deletes the data on the target PC.

Piriform has added Defraggler to CCleaner Cloud on top of that so that you can run defragmentation jobs on local systems from the cloud.

The professional version of CCleaner Cloud upgrades the computer limit to 10 and introduces scheduling and 2-factor authentication on top of that.

Closing Words

CCleaner Cloud offers an impressive set of features that come straight out of popular Piriform applications. It may be useful if you manage multiple computer systems as it provides you with options to control them all from a single location on the Web.

It is of little use if you use a single machine on the other hand or want to keep information about your devices and software locked down locally.

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  1. Velocity.Wave said on September 27, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Cr@p-Cleaner works amazing and perfectly well, and satisfies all my needs for it, just as it is right now.

    I’m not really convinced by this article, or any other article, as to why I really need yet another trendy “cloud” version of this program?

    With all this “cloud” marketing-hype-clambering going on, all around us, I’m seriously about ready to give all my software-purchasing-money, and first born male-child, to the next company that rebukes this “cloud” trend thing, and insists that I need a non-cloud “PROGRAM” (not an “APP” but an actual “PROGRAM”) residing in my PC system.

    Whichever company sends that marketing message to me next, I shall worship, and thank, for eternity, if only just to be rid once and for all, forever vanquishing any marketing hype that utilize the words “APP” or “CLOUD”.

    Seriously, joking aside, I really can NOT take any more marketing that uses the words “APP” or “CLOUD”… please! Stop it already!

    1. Tanner said on October 31, 2015 at 9:35 am

      While I definitely understand the displeasure with all the “cloud” crap fluttering around there is a bit of sense in this one. An MSP could use this quite effectively to clean, clear data from PCs remotely and not have to think twice (and assuming it logs back/phones home on completion, know it ran and worked). This is especially useful when every gb counts (I’m looking at you, Windows tablets with 64gb of space). Although as far as the MSP idea goes idk what you’re going to do with the 10 pc limit in the article.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on September 27, 2015 at 7:28 am

      I’m not trying to convince anyone. In fact, I’d say that most users should stick with the regular version of CCleaner or a comparable program.

      But, CCleaner Cloud is well done, and I can admit that even if I have no desire to make use of it.

  2. Joe said on September 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I think you meant “no software installation on the CLIENT system” in the second paragraph, instead of the “host system”. It seems clear from the rest of the paragraph that you’re talking about the client, and then you also state in the next paragraph that you must install it on the computers you want to control, which are the hosts.

    Otherwise it’s a nice, thorough review!

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 25, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Joe, I meant the system you control the PCs from. I changed it to “control system” instead as it can be confusing.

  3. Dwight Stegall said on September 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I stopped using CCleaner about a year ago. Now I just use Disk Cleanup utility. I’ve noticed a lot fewer Windows problems.

    1. Doc said on September 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Funny, I’ve been using CCleaner for years without a single problem.

      However, since they started adding a “modern UI”/”Metro” look for no reason, even on Windows 7 PCs, I’ve looked elsewhere…BleachBit Portable is very nice and quite thorough.

      1. dan said on September 26, 2015 at 4:28 am

        I’ve stuck with version 4.14.4707 (x64) for a few years now… see no reason to upgrade as this does all I need it to (Win 7 64-bit).

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