Changing CCleaner Settings for a network, group, or endpoint

To change the CCleaner settings for a network, group, or endpoint, please do one of the following:

  • In the Network Tree, right-click the network, group, or endpoint, point to CCleaner, and then click Settings.
  • In the Network Tree, select the network, group, or endpoint, and then select Settings in the CCleaner section in the right pane.

CCleaner Settings: Host window, General tab

General Tab:

  • Secure DeletionWhen CCleaner Network cleans, you can specify whether it deletes files normally (using standard Windows techniques), or whether it uses secure file deletion. In order of security, the secure file deletion options are simple overwrite, DOD 5220.20-M, NSA, and GutmannNote: The higher the security level, the longer the clean process will take.
    • Wipe Alternate Data Streams - In NTFS file systems, alternate data streams store extra information about files. For example, if you have an image picture.jpg, there might be an alternate data stream, also called picture.jpg, containing the name of the author, a thumbnail of the image, or other information. Note: For more information, see this Wikipedia entry.
    • Wipe Cluster Tips - A cluster tip is the last bit of a cluster not used by a file. Files usually take up more than one cluster. For example, if a file takes up 2.5 clusters, the last .5 cluster is the cluster tip. Since these cluster tips don't automatically get erased, they can contain remnants of file information.
  • Wipe Free Space Drives - If you select this option, CCleaner will also clean the free space available on selected drives for the endpoint. Since Windows leaves information behind in the free space when it deletes files normally, the Wipe Free Space Drives option is more secure. Note: This is only available for endpoints, and not for groups or networks.
    • Wipe MFT Free Space - Windows keeps track of deleted files in an index called the MFT (Master File Table). Over time, it can become quite large. This option cleans the MFT free space.
  • Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours - CCleaner Network will leave any files created or modified in the last 24 hours in the Windows temporary folders. Note: Some temporary files are needed by Windows (on a temporary basis) or may improve performance for the endpoint, so this setting preserves them.

Cookies Tab:

By default, if you set CCleaner Network to delete cookies, it will delete all cookies on an endpoint. You can specify what cookies it will keep on this tab of the Settings dialog box.

To specify a domain from which CCleaner Network will not delete cookies, click Add Domain, type the domain name (for example, microsoft.com), and then click OK.

To remove a domain you have added to the list, select it and then click Remove. You are prompted to confirm the deletion.

Include Tab:

You can tell CCleaner Network to also delete additional files and folders on this tab.

Adding a new file for CCleaner Network to clean

  1. Select Add File.
  2. In the Add File dialog box, type the full path and file name (for example, C:\Program Files\Common Files\temp.tmp).
  3. Select OK.

Editing an existing Include rule

  1. Select the rule in the list.
  2. Select Edit.
  3. Make the changes to the rule, and then select OK.

Removing an existing Include rule

  1. Select the rule in the list.
  2. Select Remove.
  3. You are prompted to confirm the removal.

Adding a new folder for CCleaner Network to clean

  1. Select Add Folder.
  2. Fill out the Add Folder dialog box as below.
    Item Description Notes
    Path The absolute path to the folder. Include the folder name. For example, C:\TEMP\
    File Selection Whether to include all files in the folder, or only specific file types.  
    File Types If you select File types above, specify the file types here. The syntax is *.ext;. For example: *.pdf; *.bmp; *.jpg
    Options Specify whether CCleaner will delete the files in the folder, files and subfolders within the folder, or files, subfolders, and the folder itself.  

Exclude Tab:

You can tell CCleaner Network to exclude additional files and folders on this tab.

Adding a new file for CCleaner Network to exclude

  1. Select Add File.
  2. In the Add File dialog box, type the full path and file name (for example, C:\Program Files\Common Files\temp.tmp).
  3. Select OK.

Editing an existing Exclude rule

  1. Select the rule in the list.
  2. Select Edit.
  3. Make the changes to the rule, and then select OK.

Removing an existing Exclude rule

  1. Select the rule in the list.
  2. Select Remove.
  3. You are prompted to confirm the removal.

Adding a new folder for CCleaner Network to exclude

  1. Select Add Folder.
  2. Fill out the Add Folder dialog box as below.
Item Description Notes
Path The absolute path to the folder. Include the folder name. For example, C:\TEMP\
File Selection Whether to exclude all files in the folder, or only specific file types.  
File Types If you select File types above, specify the file types here. The syntax is *.ext;. For example: *.pdf; *.bmp; *.jpg

 

Adding a new Registry key for CCleaner Network to exclude

  1. Select Add Registry.
  2. Fill out the Add Registry dialog box as below.
Item Description Notes
Root Key Select the root key for the Windows Registry For more information on root keys, see this topic.
Registry Key Path Type the full path to the Registry key for CCleaner to exclude.  

 

Schedule Tab:

To enable scheduled cleanings, select Enable scheduled cleaning.

Specific settings are as follows:

Frequency Notes
Once The endpoint(s) will be cleaned once on the date and time set.
Daily The endpoint(s) will be cleaned every X days starting from the date and time specified, based on the Run every day(s) setting.
Weekly You can specify exactly which days of the week the endpoints will be cleaned, and how often (in weeks) it will repeat.
Monthly You can specify exactly which days the endpoints will be cleaned (either numeric days, or days of the week), and which months to repeat.
At Startup The endpoint(s) will be cleaned at every boot.

 

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