KCleaner: Better Than CCleaner and Sweeps Out 200% More Unwanted Files

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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.

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This is the analysis of KCleaner just after cleaning HDD using CCleaner

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.

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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.

The Good:

  • 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.

The Bad:

  • 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.

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Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. Mongoplus says:

    I use CCleaner with CCEnhancer from The Web Atom. It takes care of all that KCleaner can do plus much. Going into so many programs (logs, caches, etc.).

    Don’t get me wrong KC’s KCleaner is a good programs for novices, but for the experienced users like me I’ll stick with the combination of CCEhancer and CCleaner.

    • Rohit Langde says:

      There isn’t any question of Novice or Experienced because both are pretty easy to understand and use.
      But I really want to thank for letting me know about CCEnhancer.. I never knew that CCleaner has an addon too for expanding its functionality. Will give it a try.

  2. vicky sadhu says:

    Well Come Back Rohit!! nice Post! 🙂

  3. Hey Rohit,
    I am too surprised by your post. I always thought that CCleaner is the best, But after reading your post I am deciding to shoot that uninstall button for it & give a try to KCleaner!

  4. Kyle says:

    Hi,

    I’m the developper of KCleaner.
    Thank you for this very kind review.

    Rohit Langde : May i link back on KCleaner’s web page ?

    Have you given a look to our other popular freeware : SUMo, IDPhotoStudio,.. ?

    Kyle

  5. Jon Harthun says:

    Yeah! Do you know I need to run CCleaner atleast one time a day (If you know what I mean (-_-) …
    Now ! I’ll be using KCleaner undoubtedly !
    I totally agree with the point that KCleaner needs to improve at interface 🙂 …
    Thanks for the cool review my friend !! 😉

  6. Tech Shroff says:

    I had been using Windows Washer since almost a decade, and i find it too good as compared to ccleaner, also there is no spyware/malware issue.

  7. Martin says:

    Downloaded KCleaner, during custom installation carefully declined everything I could (from what I could tell), but, despite that, still got the predicted Loads of Crapware. No toolbars showed up, and the home page wasn’t changed, but the browser (IE) instantly felt much slower, and a number of key settings were changed. I uninstalled KCleaner and some other program it installed without my knowledge, and ran anti-malware software. It found at least 3 different spyware programs that weren’t there before.

    Not cool. I undrestand they have to make a buck, but when a cleaner program installs malware on your system, there is something seriously wrong.

    Thank you for your website though, Rohit, pretty helpful sometimes.

    • Rohit Langde says:

      I agree with you to some extent, Martin. Program tricks you by taking your approval to install crapware by showing the dialog box as License Agreement. Not easy for everyone and high chances of falling into trap.
      Well, I really couldn’t find any change in browser when I installed. Also, I have Kaspersky Internet Security installed on system which couldn’t detect any suspicious file.

  8. Peter Simms says:

    Very useful information and thank you.

  9. Kyle says:

    “There is no uncheck all Button after analyzing of files.”

    This is possible by Right Click menu : Uncheck all

    Will be improved as per http://www.kcsoftwares.com/bugs/view.php?id=2014

  10. Kyle says:

    This feature request has been implemented.

    KCleaner v2.0 (complete GUI redesign) is on its way !

  11. RoggenWolfe says:

    This may be sound advice but I won’t drop CCleaner and Enhancer.I’m too loyal and stuck in my ways lol. It’s good to have options though. Tbh I’ll use CCleaner a few times a week and once every month if your lucky I’ll use DiskMax ( http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/diskmax/ ) . I’m satisfied 😉

    • Rohit Langde says:

      LOL! It’s not just loyalty but also the psychological attachment that gives you guarantee that it will work.
      Well, KCleaner is just a suggestion if you want to try out. Else, you are good to go with your existing software tool 🙂

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