Does doing defragging and disk cleanup once a month myself do the same job
as CCleaner and is it safe to delete CCleaner from my system?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #95 I look at how CCleaner works on a computer in comparison to
using disk cleanup and a defragging utility.
Disk cleanup and CCleaner
Well, no. There are definitely a couple of different things going on here.
Defragging is unrelated to disk cleanup – and unrelated to CCleaner. Defragging is something that you probably want to continue doing on your Windows XP machine. If you’re running Windows 7, the system is already taking care of defragging for you once a week, but doing do it yourself on Windows XP once a month sounds great.
Disk cleanup and CCleaner… there’s a lot of overlap. CCleaner cleans up some things that a disk cleaner doesn’t. I believe that the disk cleaner may clean up a few things that CCleaner doesn’t but I’m not sure that it’s very much.
Do you need CCleaner?
CCleaner is in my opinion, the better, more comprehensive tool. That being said, is it safe to delete it? Sure. Lots of people don’t run with it at all. It’s fine; it’s a clean-up utility.
It’s absence isn’t’ gong to cause you any problems certainly not in the short term. As your machine maybe accumulates some data, or accumulates some temporary files that a tool like CCleaner might clean up, you can use the disk clean up utility to clean those things – or you can do some investigation yourself to find out what kinds of things you want to clean up.
I would take a close look at the feature set that CCleaner is giving you. I think, on a personal level, you need to decide whether or not that larger feature set that CCleaner offers, even with its default configuration, is something that you want.
Personally, I think you do want it. There’s no harm in leaving CCleaner either. Keep it up to date, of course – but my tendency is that you go ahead and continue to keep CCleaner; run it instead of a disk cleanup utility and then run defrag periodically on your own.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)