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BleachBit 1.8

Clean up your hard drive and shred sensitive data with this open-source tool 

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 20 November 2014
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Downloads To Date: 1355
Developer: Andrew Ziem
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BleachBit previews what it will delete
Free up hundreds of megabytes of disk space with BleachBit

Everyone’s computer builds up with unwanted and leftover files as time goes on, which can start to have a drag on performance if left unchecked. Windows’ own Disk Clean tool can help in some quarters, but it barely scratches the surface when it comes to clearing out redundant files.

There’s another problem too: when you delete a file from your computer, the data is left on your hard drive until it’s overwritten by another file – in other words, there could be sensitive data you thought you’d deleted that’s still lurking somewhere.

What you need is a program that can deal with both problems: disk-cleaning utilities are ten-a-penny, and there are plenty of file-shredding tools too, but rarely do they come together under one roof. BleachBit offers both capabilities in one program: it can clean up after a large number of programs as well as Windows, plus allows you to securely shred individual files (or the free space on a hard disk, ensuring that previously deleted files can’t be recovered) too. These aren’t too intuitive to use, and you’ll need to check the online documentation to work out exactly what’s required.

The cleaning tools – by contrast – are pretty straightforward to use: launch the program, and a list of all available options for each supported program is listed: either tick individual options or tick the program itself to select all the options for that program (if you need an explanation of what’s being deleted, just select one of the entries). Click Preview to see what will be deleted, plus how much space will be saved, then click Delete to remove the lot.

What's new in 1.6?

- In Preferences, there is a new option "Confirm before delete" that disables the confirmation
- When BleachBit starts, the window is centered.
- The tool "Shred Settings and Quit" in the File menu is fixed.
- Added cleaning for Opera passwords (Linux support thanks to theatre-x).
- Shrink storage size of BleachBit icon.
- Add descriptions to many cleaners (thanks to theatre-x).
- Add a new command line option --debug-log that logs debug messages to a file.

Verdict:

This no-frills tool does a reasonable job of cleaning out redundant files from your hard drive, but its disk-wiping tools need work going forward. 

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A simple but efective cleaner

Posted by: Kafshiel, 10 July 2013 20:06

If you use Linux you know that "cleaning" your system has to be made by hand and that can take a substantial amount of time. Enter BleachBit. It will clean your system in 30 seconds. Unless you're a very savvy Linux user i recommend leaving it on the simplest settings and paying attention when you select something else (it will display warnings) Some distros like Ubuntu won't let BleachBit clean it's system files and that's for the best, hence the "errors" reported (things that couldn't be cleaned). It's a real time saver if you just want to clean your browser cache just to speed up surfing. Very good for Linux begginers and for tired pro's too!

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