Download of the Week: CCEnhancer

By on August 19, 2010, 5:41 PM
CCleaner has long been one of our favorite system optimization, privacy and cleaning tools. This free program makes it easy to clean temporary and unnecessary files that accumulate on your system over time, allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. Besides scanning for things like obsolete registry entries or system files, CCleaner goes a step further by cleaning up temporary files from several common third-party applications as well.

The list of supported applications is fairly limited, though, and extending it requires manually setting up custom rules. CCEnhancer is a small companion utility that greatly improves CCleaner by adding some 270 new programs in one fell swoop. The software makes use of the custom rules capabilities to add new third-party apps to the list, with most rules sourced from the Piriform Support Forum, and a few others from several other places around the web.


After downloading and running CCEnhancer (no install required), a click on 'Download Latest' in the main program window downloads the latest definition files and adds them to CCleaner. On next startup CCleaner will display the additional programs under Applications -- though only those that are installed will show up on the list, of course.

Users must have .NET 3.5 installed to use this program. Additionally, Windows Vista and 7 users must run CCEnhancer with admin privileges (right click -> Run as Administrator), otherwise the program just freezes while updating the rules.

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