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First look at CCleaner's Health Check feature

Piriform, maker of the popular temporary file cleaner CCleaner, started to integrate a new Health Check feature in the latest version of the client.

The release notes of CCleaner 5.62.7538 reveal that Health Check is the "next iteration" of the recently introduced Easy Clean feature of the client. The company plans to roll out the feature to all clients in the coming weeks.

Easy Clean's main purpose was to make CCleaner easier to use for non-technical users. Easy Clean ran automatically for the most part and offered less functionality than the program's full mode. The mode lacked customization options and focused on trackers and temporary files (called junk) only.

We concluded back then that it had nothing to offer for technical users but could be an option non-technical users.

CCleaner's Health Check feature

checking pc health

Health Check replaces Easy Clean in the CCleaner interface. The feature is available in all versions of the application but the free version is somewhat limited; that's one of the differences between Health Check and Easy Clean.

CCleaner displays a number of intro pages on first run that claim that the feature may improve PC security and privacy, free up disk space, and boost performance. Some of these claims may sound like snake oil at first as they may remind of the promise of game boosters to improve PC performance.

Health Check scans analyze the PC in four different areas (two of which are limited to commercial versions):

  1. Privacy -- checks for trackers, e.g. cookies.
  2. Space -- checks for temporary files that can be removed to free up space.
  3. Speed -- checks for startup items and suggests items that you may disable to speed up system start.
  4. Security -- checks for application updates.

All Health Check does is combine several of the tools of CCleaner in a new Health Check component. Security seems to use the built-in software updater of the professional version to highlight programs for which updates are available.

health check result

CCleaner displays a health status after the scan, e.g. "your PC feels under the weather". The status is only displayed if the program is allowed to connect to the Internet. Likewise, Speed and Security results are only available if the program is connected to the Internet; an "unavailable when offline" message is displayed otherwise.

Closing Words

CCleaner's Health Check has not improved all that much for free users as it limits cleaning to trackers and junk files on the system. Pro users benefit from the added startup programs and program version checks. All of these options are also available under custom clean or tools, and experienced users may prefer these over running Health Check.

The new module may be useful to users who want results fasts and without having to dig deeper into program mechanics.

Now You: Would you run something like Health Check? (via Techdows)

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  1. Aegis said on October 10, 2019 at 9:06 am
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    I can only recommend to avoid such tools at all costs. They usually create more problems instead of solving them. Especially non-technical users should never get in touch with tools like Ccleaner.

    1. Claire said on October 10, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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      Hi,

      CCleaner was designed so users of any technical ability can clean safely using CCleaner’s default settings. We recommend that most users use CCleaner’s Easy Clean setting and more technical users use the Custom Clean setting, where they can decide what is and is not cleaned.

      1. Cinikal said on October 11, 2019 at 7:31 am
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        @Claire, who are you?

      2. pndy said on October 11, 2019 at 9:11 am
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        Obviously that’s some pr person who was told to do some damage control since userbase on ghacks isn’t fond of CCleaner anymore. No reason to expect any reasonable, human responses from that her.

    2. Rob said on October 21, 2019 at 2:28 am
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      I have been using CCleaner’s registry cleaning function for what seems like 25 or more years, all the way back to version 2.something. One of its distinctive features, as compared with many registry cleaners, is that it will definitely not get you into trouble because it takes a very conservative approach to cleaning — many would say that the CC approach is too conservative for their needs but that appears to be the company’s design goal. This said, and especially with more and more OSs running on an SSD, performance benefits realized by “cleaning” the registry have largely disappeared and they were never that great in the first place. Glary’s tools, for example, can also compress the registry to eliminate the space created by a deactivated (deleted) entry. Given that the registry is an indexed dB, compression is unlikely to produce appreciable benefits other than with an extremely large and messy registry.

      The benefit I get from CCleaner is the one click clean of my browsers caches, temp files, DMP files, etc. This saves me time and multiple steps.

      Whether we like CCleaner or not, I think we should be careful before we besmirch a company that has delivered reliable and free utility software for more than two decades.

  2. Roadrunner said on October 10, 2019 at 9:50 am
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    @Martin: can you please find out who is actually behind ccleaner? there are many rumors about ccleaner. but nobody knows exactly who is developing this software? possibly really a secret service?

    1. Claire said on October 10, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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      Hi,

      CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva and Speccy are all registered trademarks of Piriform Ltd., which is owned by Avast. You can read more here: https://www.ccleaner.com/about

  3. Jack said on October 10, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    At this point I wouldn’t run Ccleaner, I’d run Bleachbit or search the web for a trusted batch file to clean the system.

    1. John G. said on October 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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      Bleachbit got me in trouble when cleaning registry last year. At least for me, CCleaner works good enough. I just use it to Clean Firefox and Chrome, other settings are not well explained imho.

      1. Khidreal said on October 12, 2019 at 2:59 am
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        why do you clean the registry though? entries on the registry that are void/wrong/not needed will be ignored upon boot so it will only affect the boot time, nothing else, invalid entries do not cause problems besides slowing down boot (because windows still reads them every boot).

      2. vip said on October 13, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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        Slowing down boot time isn’t high on most peoples’ agendas. If it’s garbage I want it gone. Been using CCleaner’s registry cleaning function for years with no problems.

  4. pat said on October 10, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Scenario:
    you launch this tool, it scans your computer, your computer doesn’t respond, you hang 3 or 4 minutes, you see a lot of network traffic, then you go to preferences to see: “share result with third parts” box checked.
    Then you uncheck it but that’s too late!
    Avast=AVG=Piriform

    1. Claire said on October 10, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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      Hi Pat,

      When you use CCleaner it is necessary for some data, such as the operating system you’re on, whether you’re using a free or paid version of CCleaner, and the language you’re using, to be reported. This data is anonymous, non-personal data is collected to allow us to safely maintain CCleaner and make sure that it works well for everyone.

      We DO NOT share any data with third parties but we do analyze some data using Google Analytics. We are completely transparent about the data we collect and why. You can read more here: https://www.ccleaner.com/about/data-factsheet

      To see your privacy settings within CCleaner, please go to ‘Options’ > ‘Privacy’.

      1. pndy said on October 11, 2019 at 9:13 am
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        It’s not necessary at all in order for this application to work and never was. You’re spilling bullshit in order to convince people that telemetry is fine.

      2. ping pong playa said on October 11, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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        Claire? Do you think you are on twitter for facebook? The people on ghacks are well schooled in information tech. I still use old versions of ccleaner 5.4 and 5.32, before the injection of spyware, combined with a custom edited winapp2 by myself. It lightly cleans the os and dozens of programs without incident on windows 7/10.

  5. Anonymous said on October 10, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    Please don’t give them any more exposure. They don’t deserve it. Find a worthy replacement to comment on.

  6. stefann said on October 10, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    Why do these developers add tools that can stop Your computer from worlk properly or even stop boot ? Avoid such cr*p !

    1. Claire said on October 10, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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      Hi,

      CCleaner’s default settings are very cautious and will deliver the best clean and optimize, without changing anything that is required for normal operation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at support@ccleaner.com.

  7. ULBoom said on October 10, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    Would you run something like Health Check?
    Not if it’s in CCleaner.

    Seems like Piriform (pear shaped? lol!) continues to drop CC into a bag, shake, then pour out this month’s renamed mix of the same old features. Kinda like Windows.

    CC used to be excellent, now it’s just another user data collector.

  8. NaveenKumar said on October 10, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    I will stay away from CCleaner

  9. Urajmal said on October 10, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    I think Wise Disk Cleaner is good option to clean the system:
    https://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-disk-cleaner.html

  10. Tripper said on October 10, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    Avast has a proven history of mangling software, nag screens, and ads. This is no different in ccleaner since they purchased it. I don’t trust them or their products. I switched to bleechbit for disk cleaning once or twice a month.

    Since stopping the use of Registry Cleaners I have seen a decrease in Windows problems, and errors. As careful as these utilities are, seem to create more problems that they fix or optimize for that matter.

    Ccleaner used to be the go to utility for cleaning and optimizing, in fact I recommended it to all my clients, however since Avast took over they have overly restricted the free version and took a very good tool and crapped it up. Not sure what their market share is but I am betting it way down since they change it up with every release

    1. Rush said on October 11, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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      @Tripper

      IMO

      I would say that it is obvious that the market-share is down as evidenced by the incorporation of “plants” to support the current Ccleaner program in comment threads.

  11. seeprime said on October 10, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    I started migrating my 1000, or so, customers from ccleaner to BleachBit last year. I set what to remove and kept it conservative in each programs. And, no Claire, it is not necessary for Avast to collect any analytics data as it is never really ‘anonymous” when your hardware is identified in the report.

  12. Pins said on October 10, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    Hi Claire,
    You appear connected to CCleaner. Can you suggest or even better, post a blog post with recommended privacy and security settings for CCleaner? Basically, people want a VERY private app. Can CCleaner be VERY private? if so tell us about it.
    Cheers

    1. Tom Hawack said on October 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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      @Pins, if you want my opinion (and even if not, I’m afraid!) Claire is as connected to CCleaner as I am to Washington lobbies. I’d say Claire is rather someone who wants to make a point by enhancing it with the prestige of an implicit status (smart enough to avoid stating it explicitly). It’s all in the rhetoric, doesn’t fit IMO with that of a company employee. Of course I may be wrong, this is intuitive and, given my intuition IQ is far higher than my plain IQ, I do share my awareness of mistaking.

      1. vip said on October 13, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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        I’ve been using CCleaner for years. Every now and then I have occasion to contact Support. I believe ‘Claire’ is a name/person I’ve encountered in that capacity. Don’t think she’s a “plant” but a real, live Piriform employee.

        Further, anybody who thinks they can use Internet in complete anonymity is, to put it generously, misguided. Also, just about everything we do on Internet is free, so companies have to make their money somehow. Doesn’t mean you have to turn over your life history to any of these people, but our expectations need to be reasonable.

  13. M said on October 11, 2019 at 7:13 am
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    @martin…. This software should STOP getting tech site coverage. It is garbage. Cheers

    1. owl said on October 11, 2019 at 1:52 pm
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      @M said on October 11, 2019 at 7:13 am
      @martin…. This software should STOP getting tech site coverage. It is garbage. Cheers

      Most home users have no doubt about “CCleaner, Piriform, Avast” because they believe in Information on the Internet (ignorant and nonsense blogs and affiliate marketing).
      These ignorant users believe that “CCleaner” can erase system history and improve PC performance.
      Therefore, an “article about the truth about CCleaner” by Ghacks is expected.

  14. tarcan said on October 11, 2019 at 10:33 pm
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    worthy replacement Cleanmgr+, cleanmgr.exe and sometimes for a more deeper cleanup Bleachbit!

  15. GoogleyEyes@comcast.net said on October 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    For the ‘health’ check is in reality an excuse for ALL YOUR computers fingerprinting data.

    So like what data is sent back from the ‘health’ analytics and stored, shared or sold?

    How often are these checks made? Is a service always running in the background reporting to mothership like every hour?

    The smoking gun is contained in the ccleaner privacy policy:
    “We do analyze some data using *** Google Analytics *** ”
    https://www.ccleaner.com/about/data-factsheet

    Above we already see arguing (in reality over Google data-mining) just days after the sale.

    I sense these type of factual posts likely to be banned in the future. Very sad Martin!

    Aftwer enabling javascript, we see Google Analytics has already taken over the Ghacks vacuuming up our personal data!

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