CCleaner 3.0 adds secure drive erase tool
Piriform has released version 3.0 of its CCleaner maintenance tool for Windows PCs. The CCleaner application is a popular Windows-only cleaning and maintenance tool that allows users to easily delete, for example, the temporary internet files, cookies and history from a variety of web browsers, as well as from their system recycle bin and other temporary files.
The latest 3.0 release of CCleaner is a major upgrade and adds native support for 64-bit systems and a new Drive Wiper tool that can be used to securely erase the contents of free space on a specified drive – the new option can be accessed via the Tools section. Users can select one ore more drives and the tool will remove sensitive information by overwriting the area of the drive on which the data is stored, one or more times, using special algorithms, from a single overwrite to 3, 7 or 35 passes. Other improvements include better support for Internet Explorer 9 and Google's Chrome web browser, additional cleaning support options for HTML5 database storage and a new intelligent cookie keeping feature.
Further information about the release can be found in a post on the Piriform blog and in the version history. CCleaner 3.0 is available to download as freeware; optional priority support is available for £19.95.
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