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CCleaner Tutorial

by Oscar Sodani
April 14, 2008

Oscar Sodani is a founder of Help2Go and owner of Help2Go Networks, an IT consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area. Oscar holds the CISSP certification as well as industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and Novell.

We at Help2Go just love a little application called CCleaner. It cleans up all of the garbage hiding on your computer: temporary files, cookies, cached items, browser history logs and more. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to install and run CCleaner.

First, go ahead and download CCleaner from this site. If you can't find it there, try here instead.

Once the file has downloaded, double-click the icon to install it. You should see this:



Go through and accept the default options UNTIL you reach the following screen. I recommend these options:




After it has installed, reboot into Safe Mode (keep tapping F8 as your computer boots up, and you will get a screen with the option to go into Safe Mode)

Once in Safe Mode, run CCleaner. We recommend that you leave all of the options checked, HOWEVER, you should be aware that it will delete your Internet cookies - this may cause you to have to re-login at certain websites (like this one). It shouldn't be a problem as long as you know your password, or have Firefox remember it for you. 

Click the Run Cleaner button to have it scan and clean your PC. If you're worried about what CCLeaner might delete, you can press the Analyze button first.


That's it! CCleaner will get rid of all the hidden garbage on your PC, which can really add up! 


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