This page explains why CCleaner cleans your web browsers, how to clean them, and more. To go to the instructions about how to clean web browsers, skip to these sections further below.
- Health Check and default web browser cleaning
- How to find Custom Clean and use it in CCleaner for Windows
CCleaner can clean a variety of popular browsers:
Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox are all covered by CCleaner for Windows. As browsers are continuously updated, a new version of CCleaner is usually released every month to stay on top of any changes.
How CCleaner cleans your web browsers and why:
As you browse the web, data is collected, which can be cleaned. By default, CCleaner will clean all available browsers and a recommended level of data within them. This can save you hard drive space.
Customize how you clean different web browsers and data:
You can edit CCleaner’s settings to choose which browsers and what data within them should be cleaned. This might be useful if, for example, you prefer to use one browser for day-to-day browsing and another for accessing more sensitive information such as online banking. CCleaner can perform a default clean on your 'regular use' browser and clean all data from your 'secure' browser.
Health Check and default web browser cleaning:
The default level of cleaning we briefly mentioned above is used in CCleaner’s Health Check. This can be customized for individual runs of Health Check by clicking the Privacy option and unchecking the desired options. For more long-term usage of a custom cleaning regimen, we recommend using Custom Clean instead.
How to find Custom Clean and use it in CCleaner for Windows:
- In CCleaner, click on the Custom Clean icon on the left. In this section, you’ll see a Windows tab, which lists all the Microsoft browsers available for cleaning. The list includes each browser's name and all the types of data within each browser that can be cleaned (for example, Chrome’s Internet Cache, History, and Cookies).
- You can also click the Applications tab to view other applications, including non-Microsoft Browsers, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- To choose what you’d like to clean, select (and deselect) the boxes in the list. For example, if you wish to exclude Edge from being cleaned, deselect every box under Microsoft Edge (or click on the Edge icon to select/deselect everything at once). If you’d like to clean only Microsoft Edge's cookies, make sure only the Cookies box under Edge is selected.
- Click Analyze to see a list of the exact files which can be cleaned. To clean, click Run Cleaner.
For more information on the Custom Clean process, please look at this topic.