Download.com Informative - Keep your hard drive clean, it's easy and free.

Review by DigitalCommando on 2007-09-27
Most people are unaware of the vast numbers of files that are stored on your hard drive each time you browse the internet. Most of these files are just useless space hogs, but some are unwanted privacy invaders. Every site you visit will install "cookies" on your hard drive so that you may interact with that site, and these cookies are harmless. Unfortunately, some website cookies want to know everything you are doing on the internet, what sites you visit, what pictures you look at or download, detailed information about your computer, etc. and they sit there silently sending that data to the website, performing their evil deeds for years to come. They are capable of bypassing all of your protection programs. If you would like to eliminate these useless privacy invading pests, download these two free programs. They have been around for years and have been downloaded by tens of thousands of people (their safe and virus free). GO TO: www.download.com

This is one of my favorite sites. Next, you'll see a search bar. Enter: Index.dat analyzer, download the program. This program removes files known as index.dat files which you don't need to keep, and is so easy to use you won't believe it. Now the second program you should download is called ccleaner. Enter this name into the search bar and download it. You will be amazed at the amount of useless data these two programs locate and erase. These programs will not interfere with anything on your computer, so don't worry.

NOTE: ccleaner is compatible with XP & Vista.
Index.dat analyzer is for XP only

Make sure you browse the thousands of other categories of programs on this site, you can find all kinds of great programs there and hundreds of them are free. Safe Surfing!
Comments:28 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-05-14
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2007-09-27:
I recommended this to some other site members and they really liked it, thought I would share this with everybody.
Now wait a minute, They work flawlessly and their free? now how the hell could that happen!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-27:
Thanks for the info. I will check into this.
Very Helpful.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-09-28:
Thanks, I had requested this on your blog.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-28:
Simple to install and easy to use. Very helpful information. Thanks again.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-28:
This may be the same product I have been posting for months now? Think it's the same product.

CCleaner.com, (formerly Crap Cleaner)


Last updated on 28th September 2007
Over 90 million downloads!!!
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2007-09-28:
Yes, it is the same, didn't know about the 90 million downloads! That many people can't be wrong. I still call it crap cleaner though as that's pretty much what it does. Did you try the index.dat analyzer? It cleans up a bunch of stuff left behind by ccleaner. With both programs combined, it cleans 99.9%.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-28:
Thanks for the tip.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-28:
It works great ! Thanks !
Posted by Dan on 2007-09-28:
I've been using CCleaner for quite awhile and love it.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-09-28:
Digital, I've had the CCleaner for quite a while and appreciate the link to index.dat analyzer. For those who are not familiar with this one, and I wasn't, once the program is installed on your system and you've brought it up go to the edit feature and click check all, then click the X selection and it will take care of everything rather than clicking them one by one. Some members might have been aware of this but it took me a bit to figure it out. It works beautifully. Thanks again Digital.
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2007-09-28:
Nohandle (and others) In the location bar, over to the right end of it, you will see a blue arrow pointing down. You need to click on the arrow to access 2 other areas that need to be cleaned also. There are 3 sections total. The statement I am making here relates to index.dat analyzer, not CCleaner. P.S. I e-mailed the software designer a couple of months ago asking them to have a single button that erases everything in their next release. He said it was a good idea and they would add it. But when? I don't know.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-09-28:
I understood that Digital, after looking at the program, that one click won't take care of them all at one time. But one at the time takes but a moment. For those who have not tried it, it's really nice. I set mine up as a desktop icon, which is not mandatory but certainly handy.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-02:
This is good stuff DC, thanks for the info...
Posted by A. on 2007-10-10:
We received a report from one of our members that the "index.dat" program was not free once they downloaded it and tried to use it. We'll test it out and see if we run into the same problem. Just thought we'd post an update!

My3cents Team
Posted by D on 2007-10-10:
I just downloaded it and it appears to work just fine
There was no charge... at least not yet..
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-10-10:
DC can give you the particulars but I downloaded mine on the 28th, no problem. Perhaps there was an option for a paid version, just like in Ad-Aware, Spybot and many of the others. Just don't click on that option, select the basic no charge version on Index.dat analyzer
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Try downloading it direct:

CCleaner.com, (formerly Crap Cleaner)


It is and always has been free.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-10-10:
Super is correct, CCleaner has always been free. I gathered the problem was with the Index.dat analyzer. Please clarify.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Ccleaner.com will also clean up the .dat files. I believe the latest version runs on all systems now. Ccleaner.com has the ability to perform a lot more clean up than just the .dat cleaner. Both are very good products. Neither will hurt your PC and I have never heard of them chrging for either.

Posted by D on 2007-10-10:
Index DAT analyser is what I referred to... like I said, it worked fine and FREEE.!
Posted by D on 2007-10-10:
Just what is the "delete browsing history tool" in windows XP good for... It doesn't do what it is said to do, compared to DAT analyzer?
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-10-10:
Super, I have both on my system. I run the CCleaner and then the Index.dat analyzer which picks up some the CCleaner didn't. No matter, both were free. I'm wondering exactly what site the member in question went to.
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2007-10-10:
You really need ccleaner and index.dat analyzer to get the job done totally. Both are still free, will always be free, and you can go directly to their site systenance.com. There you will find an excellent explanation of what index.dat does. and why you should get it. They offer this great program for free hoping to introduce you to their internet security suite called "Shadow Professional" an excellent (paid) alternative to some of the other suites like Norton, AVG, Mcaffee, etc. You dont have to buy it, they won't nag you, it's just a helpful way to to get some exposure for their paid products. Enjoy!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-10-10:
adaware works well
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
I run them both also, even on our MS2003 Servers. I am looking for a good free root kit cleaner also if anyone has found a good one.
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2007-10-10:
Superbowl, AVG just released its first rootkit program and it's pretty slick (and free). F-Secure had an excellent rootkit program also called Blacklight. For some reason it totally disappeared from the scene October 1st. To download AVG Anti-Rootkit GO TO: download.com In the search bar type in rootkit, press enter, there you'll see it a couple lines down. This is the only place you can get it now. Grisoft.com (AVG) doesn't have on their site yet. Life is good , isn't it?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-10:
Thanks, I will try it out.
Posted by D. on 2009-05-14:
I didn't know you were around 'back then'...I missed this review. But I do know that later you or Super suggested it to me and I've used it ever since...so now, two years later you get the 'helpful' vote from the Basher!

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