Steam Cleaner is a program for Windows that clears temporary data of the gaming platforms Steam, Origin, uPlay and Gog.
The program is not to be confused with Tiki Steam Cleaner which we reviewed back in 2013. Unlike Tiki Steam Cleaner, Steam Cleaner is capable of deleting temporary data from other gaming platforms for Windows as well.
Note: Steam Cleaner requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4 to run.
Some games that you install on a gaming platform like Steam install so-called redistributable packages on the system during installation which may be required for game play.
The installation files are not needed anymore after installation, but game platforms keep them around anyway. These files may take up hundreds of Megabyte of space, or even Gigabytes depending on the games that you have installed in the path on your system.
This may not be a problem if your main gaming hard drive has Terabytes of free space, but if you run games on a Solid State Drive, free space may be limited.
Steam Cleaner is one of those run and forget programs. Simply download the application to your system and run it afterwards.
If things go well, you should see the main program interface and the temporary files that Steam Cleaner detected during its -- quick -- scan of the system.
The detected gaming platforms are listed at the top. The program ships without any configuration options which means that you cannot modify the paths manually if the automatic detection does not pick up the installed platforms correctly.
Steam Cleaner lists all temporary files in list form in its interface after the scan. Each entry is listed with its path, file name, and size.
The program displays the total size of all temp files as well in its interface, about 750 Megabyte on a test system with just a couple of game installations in the past year.
All that is left to do at this point is to click on the clean button in the interface to remove all temporary files from all gaming platforms that Steam Cleaner detected.
You need to confirm the action one more time when you click on the button. If you do, all files listed are removed from the hard drive.
These files are not needed for playing these installed games.
Steam Cleaner is an easy to use program that may help you free up hundreds of Megabyte of temporary storage that programs like CCleaner don't detect by default.
The program could do with a couple of preferences, for instance to set program paths if platforms are not detected correctly, or options to back up the files to another location for safe keeping.
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