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About the System Cleaner

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As you work on your computer and browse the Internet, you leave behind traces. These traces may be in the form of temporary files placed on your hard drive, lists of recently used files in programs, lists of recently visited websites, or cookies that websites placed on your hard drive. Anyone who has access to your computer can view what you have done and where you have been. Using the System Cleaner, you can protect your privacy by removing all traces of your activity, including the Internet history, address bar history, Internet temporary files (cache), and cookie files.

You can also use the System Cleaner to delete unnecessary files that Windows stores on your computer. Certain files can consume valuable space on your computer. Even with today's large hard drives, these unnecessary files can impair your computer's performance.

Note: Cleanups remove unnecessary files and traces, not malware threats. Malware (spyware and viruses) are removed during scans (see About scans). You can think of the System Cleaner as the housekeeper for your computer, while the Scanner serves as the security guard.

The System Cleaner does not run automatically; you need to run it yourself. Before the first cleanup, select all the items you want removed. You can select these items in the Cleanup Settings panel (click System Tools, the System Cleaner tab, then the Cleanup Settings link). Then click the Clean Up Now button to remove the items.

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To use the System Cleaner, see the following topics: