After the CCleaner incident, a lot of friends and colleagues asked me a good alternative to the Piriform's tool.

From my point of view, a good alternative could be BleachBit.

BleachBit is open source, and its designed for Linux and Windows systems.
It wipes clean a lot of applications (including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Apple Safari) and includes advanced features like file shredding and the wiping of free disk space.

It also has a command line version, useful for batch cleaning jobs.



BleachBit has many useful features designed to help you easily clean your computer to free space and maintain privacy.

  • Delete your private files so completely that "even God can't read them" according to South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy.
  • Simple operation: read the descriptions, check the boxes you want, click preview, and click delete.
  • Multi-platform: Linux and Windows
  • Free of charge and no money trail
  • Free to share, learn, and modify (open source)
  • No adware, spyware, malware, browser toolbars, or "value-added software"
  • Translated to 64 languages besides American English
  • Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery
  • Shred any file (such as a spreadsheet on your desktop)
  • Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files
  • Portable app for Windows: run without installation
  • Command line interface for scripting and automation
  • CleanerML allows anyone to write a new cleaner using XML
  • Automatically import and update winapp2.ini cleaner files (a separate download) giving Windows users access to 2500+ additional cleaners
  • Frequent software updates with new features

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