KCleaner: Better Than CCleaner and Sweeps Out 200% More Unwanted Files
Today, I decided to work from Laptop after a month or so and felt it is now painfully slow (maybe because I am used to working on superfast Desktop Computer). I believed that CCleaner was the best Windows cleaning tool but wanted to try something new. This led to discovery of KCleaner while searching; which on testing proved to be better than CCleaner.
To begin testing, I first cleaned up Hard Drive using CCleaner which freed up 1563 MB. This made easy to compare with other cleaning tools. And KCleaner analysis said that there are 2141 more unwanted file items taking up 841 MB of space still remaining on computer. It means CCleaner left nearly 1GB of garbage uncleaned.
Where does CCleaner fell short? On a broader look, both programs scanned up all possible places for temporary, unwanted files to clean up. But there are some more application specific file types in KCleaner which might be making this difference. They are: Windows Installer Duplicates and Installer Cache of most common programs like Skype, Apple, Sun Java, etc.
Frankly speaking, I was a fan of CCleaner but such a drastic difference has forced me to give a second thought.
Working of KCleaner
Small windowed application with basically two buttons: Analyze and Clean.
In Settings, you can select which filet ypes and locations to be looked up for unwanted items.
Another feature which makes this cleaner stand out from others is Deletion method. Along with cleaning, software also takes care of Data security and lets you scramble file names or trim files before deletion. Also, it has a support for secured deletion methods like 3 Pass DoD 5220.22-M which erases file from hard drive beyond recovery.
- Looks out for garbage and unwanted files in more number of locations.
- Automatic Mode can do the task after certain interval of time without any manual efforts.
- Deletion Mode: Scrambling names, Trimming files for more security.
- Loads of Crapware could be installed if you don’t take care while installing.
- There is no uncheck all Button after analyzing of files.
- Interface, though not bad but can be made more sophisticated like CCleaner.
Verdict: I am completely surprised by its working and would recommend it to anyone who is wondering where all HDD space went. Though it doesn’t look good but what it does counts and with time, it will be developed.
Note: You must run the program as Administrator to actually clean out files else it will create just an illusion of erasing them.