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Jim asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 10 months ago

Is there a "really free" computer cleaner?

I Downloaded a couple of so-called free computer cleaners to scan my computer for problems and speed it up. But after the scan they wanted me to pay for the next step, or said the scan was not complete until I signed up for the premium edition.

Any recommendations for a computer cleaner that is really free.

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  • Lv 7
    10 months ago
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    if you search for computer cleaning programs, you are likely going to run into a bunch of scammers. however, there are indeed several free options. my 2 favorites are:



    they each clean different things, so running both would be a good idea.

    you also might want to try the tips here:


    they can help speed up your computer in other ways you may not have thought of...

  • 10 months ago

    Try CCleaner(needs to be 15 characters)

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Malwarebytes Adwcleaner has a free version.

  • Enigma
    Lv 6
    10 months ago

    Wise Care 365,Advanced SystemCare,CCleaner,Avira Privacy Pal,Glary Utilities,PrivacyEraser,PrivaZer all have free versions.

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  • 10 months ago

    Try wise disk cleaner at https://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-disk-cleaner.html I've used for years and it is completely free.

  • David
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    TBH I don’t recommend computer cleaners any more, if you are running the latest version of windows 10 (if you aren’t you should be) it does a pretty good job of maintaining your computer, also it now includes “storage sense feature” which deletes unnecessary temporary files after a certain length of time. So called registry cleaners have little or no effect on speeding up your computer. 

    I would agree that you should scan your computer with MBAM to make sure you haven’t picked up any adware or other PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    My local paper features a columnist who has readers "dance the security tango." The programs used are all free, but the order and exact programs he has you download vary depending on your computer and operating system.

    Google "security tango" and you should find Nick.

  • 10 months ago

    First, uninstall any cleaners you have installed. Then run a scan with Malwarebytes to make sure you didn't install any adware. A lot of those programs also bundle adware. If everything is fine, do as suggested and get CCleaner.

    If Malwarebytes found stuff, you may have to do more scanning with other programs and or remove browser add-ons etc.

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