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CCleaner, the popular free hard disk cleaning tool, has just been released in version 3.0 and features a new Drive Wiper which can completely erase a hard drive for you.

Drive Wipe can be accessed in the Tools section of CCleaner and allows you to choose whether to scrub only free space or an entire drive using three levels of strength - Department of Defense-level three-pass option, a National Security Administration-level seven-pass cleaning or a 35-pass Gutmann-level deep scrub.

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There are several other interesting improvements too. You can now choose which Cookies you want to keep while cleaning and CCleaner prompts you whether you want it to keep your most recently used log-on cookies when cleaning:

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There's also improved support for cleaning files left behind by Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 9. Web Apps that use HTML5 database storage are also now included in CCleaner's cleaning process. Finally, a few more System directories have been targeted for cleaning and CCleaner now supports 64 bit machines.

CCleaner is still extremely fast and effective although it's hard to notice any major speed improvements. The developers Piriform also seem to have removed the prompt to install the Yahoo! toolbar when installing CCleaner but they have included an option to install Google Chrome instead:

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Commented

  • Jon Riggall |
    29/10/10
    Jon Riggall

    I like how "Department of Defense" has the weakest level of cleaning. Good to know!

  • Nicholas Mead |
    29/10/10
    Nicholas Mead

    Haha. Yes - and they wonder why so much data is leaking out of it :)

  • Sid |
    29/10/10
    Sid

    Hi, Do you have any idea how the drive wiper works? Before reinstalling my system today I thought I would try it out as I had allready backed everything up. I couldn't erase the Vista drive that I was on (which makes sense) so I tried to erase the Vista drive from my XP partition but it would only Erase the free space (I selected the correct option, did it twice). Also there doesn't appear to be any help files on the Piriform website regarding the drive wiper.

    Thanks

  • Nicholas Mead |
    29/10/10
    Nicholas Mead

    @Sid, I haven't tried to wipe an operating system off a drive with it. It's possible that Vista has some kind of protection to stop it being wiped too easily or that CCleaner can't wipe an OS off a drive without admin privileges or something. I'm sure these kind of issues are going to emerge with such a new feature and hopefully Piriform will address them with fixes and FAQs soon.

  • Sid |
    29/10/10
    Sid

    Thanks for the response Nicholas. I'll keep an eye on the Piriform FAQs as it will be good to know for the future.

    Cheers

  • George Schnabel, II |
    02/11/10
    George Schnabel, II

    How do I use the drive wiper feature. thank you in advance for your prompt attention in this matter.

  • Nicholas Mead |
    03/11/10
    Nicholas Mead

    Go to "Tools" and then select "Drive Wiper". Select how much of the drive you'd like to wipe, the security strength of the wipe and then the drive you want to do it on.

  • pompeysalz |
    09/11/10
    pompeysalz

    ...Always reading of impressive customer reviews,l downloaded ccleaner twicw over the past few years,and both times l ended up with a non working pc&laptop that showed a big ol' blank blue screen and full system restores required.I'm no expert on pcs but l'm no pc-dummy either. Anyway,l stay away from ccleaner now-its for the best!

  • CCleaner 3.00.1303 |
    09/11/10
    CCleaner 3.00.1303

    [...] CCleaner 3.0 released with new Drive Wiper (onsoftware.en.softonic.com) [...]

  • Kevin Noble |
    14/11/10
    Kevin Noble

    I gave the CCleanwer's Drive Wiper a try and it appears that it only erases the free space, even if you select entire drive from the menu. This was when running it from a WinPE 3.0 bootable USB stick. Anybody else had any success with it?

  • hayder sadiq |
    09/12/10
    hayder  sadiq

    CCleaner can't wipe an OS off a drive without admin privileges or something. I'm sure these kind of issues are going to emerge with such a new feature and hopefully Piriform will address them with fixes and FAQs soon.

  • Maiz |
    09/02/11
    Maiz

    Just delete the volume first and then wipe all the free space with ccleaner

  • kimo |
    13/08/11
    kimo

    goooooooooooooood

  • naeem |
    13/07/12
    naeem

    o great cclener it will be must add in every window.my advoice ok ...

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