DisCleaner is an application designed to clean your drives. Both traditional magnetic disk media as well as modern solid state drive. It will also function with networked disk arrays or iSCSI targets. This computer program follows the classical guidelines to software application development in order to present you with a clean, familiar, and fully functional graphical user interface. Internally, it contains both high level mixed with low level routines featuring optimizations that guarantee the functionality of the application as intended on the minimum system requirements.
DisCleaner is fast, reliable and does only one job: it cleans your drives. Thus you will not encounter unneeded functionality or unwanted options that might slow down your experience or cripple the performance of this program.
Section A. Overview
DisCleaner is a powerful Windows®-based application built from ground zero to deal with those unneeded files created by the operating system or by various applications that are (or were) installed on your computer. It was designed to offer a generally secure operation and a great user experience by minimizing the things you need to do in order to clean your computer. However the engine is powerful but it does not make the difference between some intentionally created files and your standard application remnants. For this purpose, you are presented with a categorizing system that classifies files and directories into one of the following items.
Files and directories that can generally be safely deleted.
Files and directories that require extra care in order to be deleted.
Files and directories that require your attention in order to be deleted.
Even if you search for potentially unsafe or unsafe objects, you will still have the ability to control which items to delete. Do this by manually inspecting and checking objects to delete, from a list that is shown right before you continue to the clean-up process. For more information regarding the available clean-up options, please refer to Section C. Clean-up Options.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Explorer, and MS-DOS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Apple, Macintosh, Mac OS X, and Spotlight are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple Computer.
Intel and Pentium are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Intel Corporation.
Skype and the "S" logo are trademarks of Skype.
Mozilla, Firefox, and the "Firefox" logo are trademarks of Mozilla Foundation.
All other names and/or name brands are either registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.
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Architecture: 32-bit / Processor: x86
Class: System Cleanup Utility
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 2000, NT, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10
Minimum Processor: 486DX4/120 MHz or Pentium® class processor running at 100 MHz or higher
Recommended Processor: Pentium® class processor running at 1.6 GHz
Memory: at least 32 Mo RAM (512 Mo recommended)
Screen Resolution: at least 800x600px (1024x768px recommended)
Video Subsystem: at least 4 Mo VRAM and 2D acceleration
Important Note: This program may be used freely, without restrictions, apart from modifying, disassembling or reverse engineering the compiled source code or the files within the package. The compiled content includes executable files and modules, help documentation, embedded graphical content, and so on. Any reproduction or illegal copy of this content, may result in severe civil and criminal penalties. This program is closed source.
Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any loss of information caused by misuse of DisCleaner. You are encouraged to carefully read this help documentation to learn about the repercussions of certain actions that are categorized as unsafe. As with any stored data manipulation software, you are responsible for your actions in case of unwanted data loss. Use this program at your own risk.
Tip: This message appears just once at the first run of the program. It reminds you about the severe consequences on the file system and directory hierarchy, if this program is used improperly.
Section B. Main User Interface
DisCleaner is a very compact and portable application that features a rich user experience. You can do just about anything related to file and directory cleaning, with only a few mouse clicks.
The main window, as shown above, is the first visual contact you will have when this program is launched into execution. You can choose to clean only a specific directory of your drive, an entire drive or partition, or a combination of one or more of these items, in batch mode. All these just by adding them items to the clean-up list right below the storage media hierarchy.
The main window also allows you to specify the clean-up options that apply to your requirements. The clean-up options are described down below at Section C. Clean-up Options. Start the scanning process by clicking the Continue button.
Certain clean-up options might not be available on your computer because the program that creates the targeted files might not have been installed yet. In this case the following message appears on the screen when you attempt to select such option. In addition these options and their descriptions will be rendered in a grayish color.
Before even starting to scan or clean, DisCleaner will first check whether your clean-up selection of paths and/or drives are located on a solid-state drive (SSD). If you have the Secure Delete Files option enabled, it will prompt with a confirmation message. We strongly advice you to turn off this option if your machine contains an SSD.
Warning: The Secure Delete Files option does not work with solid-state drive (SSD) devices because of the way they are electrically built and the way they store the information. Also keep in mind that using this option with an SSD device, will cause severe life span shortening of the memory cells of your SSD and the data will still remain untouched. So please use it only with HDD devices.
This message appears whenever you check the Secure Delete Files option, in order to remind you about the severe consequences on using it with SSD devices.
This message appears whenever you have the Secure Delete Files option enabled and an SSD device was found installed on your system. It appears in the first time when you are about to scan for files and in the second time when you are about to clean files. For security reasons, this SSD warning glue-logic behavior cannot be disabled by options.
The main window offers you a set of command buttons that you can use in order to control the flow of the program. These buttons are described below.
||Displays a list of installed applications that you can uninstall. Refer to Section F. Uninstall Applications for more information.
||Checks only the clean-up options considered safe, if available.
||Checks the default clean-up options, if available.
||Checks all the clean-up options, if available.
||Unchecks all the clean-up options.
||Starts the scan process that precedes the clean process.
At any time you can consult the statistics collected during usage.
Simply enough, the Statistics menu item will bring up the window illustrated above.
Section C. Clean-up Options
||Windows Temporary Directories
Operating system temporary directories.
||Windows Recycle Bin
All objects stored in the Recycle Bin regardless of their physical disk location.
||Windows and Application Logs
Log files are created by the operating system and various applications.
||Windows Prefetch Files
If allowed, Windows creates prefetch files for each executed application.
These can be easily disposed of as some might be still left from old longtime deleted applications. Windows recreates these files on-demand, if the feature is enabled.
||Windows CHKDSK File Fragments
When scanning drives, CHKDSK might recover and save certain file fragments.
All these lost file fragments can be freely deleted if you do not need them.
||Windows Thumbnail Files
These files tend to consume drive space.
||Windows Start Menu Recent Documents
Shortcuts pointing to recently accessed documents.
||Windows Start Menu Invalid Shortcuts
Shortcuts pointing to invalid files.
||Windows Desktop Invalid Shortcuts
Shortcuts pointing to invalid files.
||Internet Explorer Temporary Cache
Cached Internet resources tend to consume drive space.
||Internet Explorer Cookies
Cookies can be cleaned to gain a small amount of drive space.
||Mozilla Firefox Temporary Cache
Cached Internet resources tend to consume drive space.
||Skype Cache and Received Content
Cached and received content tend to consume drive space. This option applies to *all* Skype accounts available on this computer, not only to your account.
Created by the operating system and various applications.
||General Cache Files
Created by all sort of applications during normal execution.
||Old Backup Files
Backup files might be intentional or not. Further attention is necessary.
A lot of applications create various backup files. They can, probably, be deleted. While you may still have some of your old data backed up in one form or another (based on specified backup application which involves a specific extension, often ".bak"), you need to carefully observe the files that fall into this category.
These files may be left legacy from ancient operating systems and applications.
If you select this option, you should pay attention to files belonging mainly to MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows 3.1. If you are an active MS-DOS applications developer, you may not want DisCleaner to delete your files. Carefully observe the files that fall into this category.
||Apple .DS_Store Files
Mac OS X creates these files everywhere.
Mac OS X creates a Trash related directory on Windows shared drives.
||Apple Spotlight Index
Mac OS X creates a Spotlight indexing related directory on Windows shared drives.
Empty subdirectories scattered around the directory hierarchy of your clean targets.
Files that match your search criteria defined within the Options window.
For purpose of extending the functionality of DisCleaner, the option to scan and clean all files matching your requirements is introduced.
Directories that match your search criteria defined within the Options window.
For purpose of extending the functionality of DisCleaner, the option to scan and clean all directories matching your requirements is introduced.
Warning: Cleaning custom files and/or directories involves extra care because once these object are deleted, they probably cannot be recovered anymore. See Section G. Options for more information regarding this operation.
About prefetch files
These are created by the Microsoft Windows operating system, starting with XP, every time you execute an application. These files are part of the Windows Memory Manager and are supposed to help your system run faster, according to Microsoft. However many prefer not to use the prefetch mechanism and either disable the feature or regularly manually delete these files.
About thumbnail files
These are created by the Microsoft Windows operating system every time you access a directory with Windows Explorer configured to display objects in Filmstrip or Tiles mode. In fact these database files contain scaled-down previews of each picture file present in that directory. Directories that contain large amount of pictures often generate large thumbs.db files.
The only concern regarding deletion of these files is that pictures in the respective directory tend to load a little bit slower because they are not cached in these thumbnails anymore.
Tip: Before you choose to check this option, it is recommended to disable thumbnails from within Windows. The steps are described as follows.
- Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
- Double Click Folder Options
- Click the View tab
- From the list, tick Do not cache thumbnails
- Click OK
Section D. Objects
When the scan according to your criteria finishes, you are presented with a list of found objects. You can check or uncheck which one you want to clean or to keep. By default, all the objects in the list are checked and ready to be cleaned (deleted).
Once again, you are presented with a set of command buttons. They are described below.
||Returns to the main window.
||Stops the current search or clean, if in progress.
||After finishing the clean process, you can press this button to view a report.
||Checks only the objects considered safe.
||Checks all the objects from the list.
||Unchecks all the objects at once.
||Starts the clean process. After cleaning, this button will be replaced by a Repeat button which allows you to start a new session.
An object is a virtual representation of either a file or a directory. Double-clicking an object from within the list will invoke the default Windows behavior for that specific file or directory.
Tip: This message appears when you attempt to open an object from the list while the Open Object Confirmations option is enabled. You can disable this security check at your own risk. Beware that certain files could be infected by viruses or malicious scripts. These might harm your computer if launched into execution.
Tip: Attempting to open multiple objects from the list at once while the Open Object Confirmations option is enabled will bring up the above message. You can disable this security check at your own risk. Beware that certain files could be infected by viruses or malicious scripts. These might harm your computer if launched into execution. Also please take into consideration that opening multiple objects could take a lot of time, depending on your hardware capabilities.
Tip: You can perform various actions on objects from the right-click contextual menu. For instance, you could copy the selected object(s) path and filename(s) to the Clipboard. Or you could view the contents of an object in hexadecimal binary mode, binary text mode, or plain text mode.
Tip: By selecting a batch of objects in the list and then clicking on the check-box of any item in the selection, you will check or uncheck the whole batch.
Tip: While the clean process is taking place, a progress bar indicator gives you a real-time visual feedback on what is happening. Depending on the speed of your hardware and the amount of objects you are deleting, the clean process might take some time so please be patient.
Section E. Report
A report is filled after either the scan or the clean process completes. Click on the Report button in order to show the report window. This window will present you either a visual report in case of a scan process, or a textual report in case of a clean process.
In any case you have the option to save the report as a text file on your computer for future references.
Inspect the information presented to learn useful statistics or to find faults. Files that cannot be deleted are simply skipped and they will appear in the Skipped objects list section of the clean report. These files were probably in use or locked by the operating system or owner applications.
Close the report window in order to return to DisCleaner.
Section F. Uninstall Applications
Functionality to uninstall the various applications that are currently installed on your machine is carried for convenience. Launch the uninstall window via the Uninstall Applications command button in the main window. You can also delete entries belonging to applications that are no longer installed on your machine. If you are in such case, you will be prompted whether you really want to delete that particular entry or not.
When you finish uninstalling applications, close this window in order to return to DisCleaner.
Section G. Options
The options window is one click away. It provides useful settings to customize your user experience. Click the Options menu command from the main menu.
You are able to affect General, Scanner, Validator, Cleaner, and Uninstall parameters through the appropriate options pages.
- Confirmations enables message boxes to pop-up whenever an object that is not considered safe is about to be deleted. For maximum speed and performance, uncheck this option. In addition, this option prompts with a confirmation message box when you attempt to close the program.
- Open Object Confirmations enables message boxes to pop-up whenever an object from the list is about to be opened. An object is either a file or a directory. It can be opened by double-clicking its name in the list once the scan process completes.
- Allow Window Transparency enables or disables the transparency effect on all windows.
- Use File System Icons enables the use of the native file system icon associated with each found object in the list.
- Quota Reports to the Largest Found Capacity enables the size quota bar in the objects list to be drawn according to either the largest or the total found capacity.
- Enable Uninstall Applications determines the availability of the Uninstall Applications functionality in the main window.
- Enable Drive Information determines the availability of the Drive Information functionality in the main window.
- Minimize to System Tray allows the main window to minimize to system tray instead of the more common task bar.
- Start Minimized allows DisCleaner to start in a minimized state. This option only works if minimizing to system tray is allowed.
- Exclude Files allows you to define an array of semicolon separated file names that will be excluded by the scanner.
- Exclude Directories allows you to define an array of semicolon separated directory names that will be excluded by the scanner.
- Custom Files allows you to define an array of semicolon separated file names that is used by the Custom Files clean-up option to scan for files matching this criteria.
- Custom Directories allows you to define an array of semicolon separated directory names that is used by the Custom Directories clean-up option to scan for directories matching this criteria.
- Ignore Symbolic Links excludes all operating system symbolic links from the search criteria.
- The first of the two buttons appropriate to each exclusion/custom edit-boxes performs a trivial check on the contents to see whether the data is correctly entered.
- You can mass edit files and directories exclusion lists via the appropriate command buttons. See Section H. Files Editor.
- Exclude Files and Custom Files work in tandem.
- Exclude Directories and Custom Directories work in tandem.
- Any wildcards that are supported by the operating system are allowed. For instance, Temp*.?mp;*.chk;index.dat are valid.
- Custom files and directories, once deleted, probably cannot be recovered.
- File Date Validator applies search constraints related to date.
File Attributes Validator applies search constraints related to attributes. If you use this validator then only files complying to your specific combination of attributes will be searched.
- Created indicates when the file was created.
- Modified indicates when the file was last modified.
- Accessed indicates when the file was last accessed.
- Older indicates whether the file is older than specified date.
- Newer indicates whether the file is newer than specified date.
- Date indicates the date to validate against (format is: yyyy/mm/dd).
File Contents Validator applies search constraints related to contents.
- Archive indicates a ready to archive file.
- Read Only indicates a read-only file.
- Hidden indicates a hidden file.
- System indicates a system file.
File Size Validator applies search constraints related to size. The file sizes are always expressed in Ko. For instance, the number 2 represents 2048 octets while 1024 represents 1 Mo.
- Containing indicates the string to search for inside the files.
- Case Sensitive indicates whether the search string is case sensitive.
Ignore on Implicit Validator forces to skip all manually selected validators if an implicit one is found. For more information on this matter please see About scanner validators section below.
- Minimum Size indicates the minimum size of the file.
- Maximum Size indicates the maximum size of the file.
- Secure Delete Files enables using a secure delete mechanism to ensure the deleted files will not be recoverable.
- Secure Delete Passes indicates the number of rewrite cycles.
- Random Rewrite Pattern indicates whether to use a random rewrite pattern.
Warning: As a reminder, the Secure Delete Files option does not work with solid-state drive (SSD) devices because of the way they are electrically built and the way they store the information. Also keep in mind that using this option with an SSD device, will cause severe life span shortening of the memory cells of your SSD and the data will still remain untouched. So please use it only with HDD devices.
- Compute Size allows the uninstall engine to attempt to retrieve the total size of each one of the installed applications.
The Defaults button applies the default settings for the selected options window.
To save your preferences, click OK. To discard them, click Cancel or close the window via the x button.
About scanner validators
If selected, the validators are always cumulative. This means that if you select more than one validator then the scanned objects need to comply to all combined criteria of all the selected validators. Combining unlikely possible validator options might severely cripple the capabilities of the the scanner detection mechanism.
In addition the validators add up to other implicit validators that might be subject to certain clean-up options. For instance while searching for invalid shortcuts on your desktop, there is a hidden implicit validator that says whether objects are actually invalid. Having a file size validator enabled while searching for invalid shortcuts is a nonsense.
However there are times when an implicit validator could be usefully combined with one of the validators in the options page. For instance, take the example of the empty subdirectories clean-up option. This can successfully be combined with the attributed validator. Thus you could search only for read-only empty sub-directories.
The list below synthesizes all clean-up options subject to a hidden implicit validator.
||Implicit Validator Type
|Windows Start Menu Invalid Shortcuts
||Invalid shortcut validator.
|Windows Desktop Invalid Shortcuts
||Invalid shortcut validator.
||Empty directory validator.
In order to avoid combining implicit validators with those from the options window, you can use the Ignore on Implicit Validator option. Checking this option will always force-skip all manually specified validators, if an implicit validator is found.
Section H. Files Editor
The files or directories editor is introduced in order to help mass editing of either exclude or custom objects. It appears as a simple window as pictured below and it offers lightweight means to quickly add, remove, or clear objects that are targeted by the scanner options page in the options window.
The add multiple files via browse functionality is carried in order to help you add multiple files at once via a standard Windows file open dialog. It is not available while mass editing a directory list.
The Browse button attached to the manual object path and filename edit-box plays a double role. If you are mass editing files, then it will bring up a single file selection dialog. And if you are mass editing directories, then it will present a single directory selection dialog. If available, the path of the manually specified object from the edit-box, will be preselected.
Section I. Commandline Options
Some basic commandline options are introduced. This means that you can invoke the executable program file with the clean targets supplied as manually typed commandline parameters.
The basic commandline syntax is:
disclnr32.exe <clean_target_1> <clean_target_2> ... <clean_target_n>
A real life example would be this:
disclnr32.exe C:\ D:\ G:\Programs\Temp\ "H:\Old Data"
Notice how the parameters containing spaces are enclosed in double quotes. This is the standard commandline parameter syntax. For more information regarding passing commandline parameters, please consult the official Microsoft documentation.
How to reset preferences
In addition, by using the -resetprefs commandline parameter you can reset the preferences to default. This could prove useful should a .prefs file corruption occurs.
Usage syntax is described below:
Keep in mind that any other parameter passed before or after -resetprefs will be automatically ignored.
Section J. Release Notes and Changelog
The following list shows what has been added, fixed, or improved in the latest version.
You can consult a complete changelog for all previous versions should you follow the Show All Versions link below.
|Version 220.127.116.113 | Show All Versions
+ Added: Option to clean the Skype Cache and Received Content directories
+ Added: If applies, clean-up options will not be accessible if the program that generates the targeted files is not available
+ Improved: Detection and selection of the first available drive
+ Improved: Minor program code optimization
+ Improved: Overall program code stability
+ Added: Visual scan report feature
+ Added: Possibility to save the scan or clean report data to file
+ Added: System tray icon, configurable through the options window
+ Added: Possibility to minimize the program to system tray (run in background)
+ Added: Possibility to start the program in a minimized state
+ Added: Possibility to ignore scanner validators in case an implicit one is available
+ Added: Possibility to reset the preferences directly via specific commandline parameter
+ Added: Possibility to inspect file contents in binary format
+ Added: Bottom right corner icon for diagonal resize purpose in the main window
+ Fixed: Frequent medium severity bug causing graphical controls to seldom disappear when pressing the ALT key
+ Fixed: Frequent medium severity bug causing incorrectly reporting shortcuts as invalid if they point to directories
+ Fixed: Frequent low severity bug in exclusion/custom objects list edit window causing OK button to shift position on window resize
+ Fixed: Frequent low severity bug locks when you press Clean while having unsafe objects in list and you infirm the confirmation message box
+ Fixed: Infrequent low severity bug causing a conversion error while searching empty subdirectories with the date validator enabled
+ Fixed: Infrequent low severity bug causing skipping objects if the date validator is enabled and the dates actually do match
+ Fixed: Minor bug preventing displaying of selected paths after pressing repeat following a clean operation
+ Fixed: Minor bug preventing diagonal resize of windows using bottom left and bottom right corners
+ Improved: Scanner and cleaner now run in separate threads
+ Improved: Redesigned the internal scanner validator engine
+ Improved: File date validator now uses a calendar control instead of a manual text-input field
+ Improved: Reduced flicker while scrolling lists
+ Improved: Better reorganization of program preference options
+ Improved: Minor icon rework
+ Improved: Secure delete files algorithm -- still works only on magnetic hard disk drives (HDD)
+ Improved: Better pre-Windows 2000 backwards compatibility for detection of invalid shortcuts
+ Improved: The update functionality now opens the downloads page in your default browser, querying for an update
+ Added: Option to clean the Mozilla Firefox Cache directory
+ Added: Option to clean General Cache files
+ Added: Drive information feature
+ Added: Options to enable or disable Uninstall Applications and Drive Information features
+ Added: Contextual right-click menu for the Directories list proposes Add to Clean-up List, Drive Information, and Refresh List options
+ Added: Contextual right-click menu for the Clean-up list proposes Remove Item and Clear List options
+ Added: Up/Down arrow indicators in columns of the objects list to highlight sort order
+ Added: Sorting capabilities for the columns in the uninstall list
+ Added: Computing-information window for lengthy processes
+ Added: Legend for the files and directories classification system
+ Added: Better editing support for the exclude and custom files and directories fields
+ Added: Basic validation for correctness of the exclude and custom files and directories fields in the options window
+ Added: Settings for the size quota bar drawn next to each object in the list
+ Added: Uninstall settings, accessible through the options window
+ Added: Possibility to open containing directory for objects from the list
+ Added: Possibility to copy file or directory name to Clipboard for objects from the list
+ Added: Possibility to inspect file contents either in ASCII text mode or in hexadecimal format
+ Fixed: Memory leak in uninstall applications window
+ Fixed: Sorting of items by size in the objects list
+ Fixed: Low incidence severe bug that inhibits scanner if Secure Delete Files option is active and target is not a local drive
+ Fixed: Low incidence, low severity bug in scanning for empty subdirectories
+ Fixed: Frequent medium severity bug in selection of all drives at once
+ Fixed: Frequent medium severity bug in skipping Recycle Bin clean-up
+ Fixed: Frequent low severity bug causing incorrect reporting of selected and found objects count and their capacity
+ Fixed: Frequent low severity bug allowing for duplicates in the objects list
+ Fixed: Frequent low severity bug in adding skipped files to the report
+ Fixed: Small number of low severity bugs in the supporting framework
+ Fixed: Memory leak in icon manipulation routines from the supporting framework
+ Improved: Program close logic and better User information messages
+ Improved: Clean-up list management now includes a clear list button
+ Improved: Repetitive Yes/No confirmation dialog boxes now have an "Apply to all items" check-box for convenience
+ Improved: Multiple code optimizations and architectural redesign in order to improve stability and reliability in detriment of speed
+ Improved: Detection algorithm for drive type
+ Improved: Better detection algorithm for Windows version
+ Improved: Algorithm to adapt to the screen resolution on first run
+ Improved: Uninstall button will now become disabled if no application is selected in the uninstall list
+ Improved: General appearance of the program, general color-scheme rework
+ Improved: Better support for Microsoft Windows 10
+ Improved: English language corrections and improvements both inside the program and the documentation
+ Added: Clean-up list selection is now saved when the application closes
+ Added: New scanner options on the validators page, accessible through the options window
+ Added: Application option to ignore symbolic links
+ Added: Application option to confirm object opening actions
+ Added: Defaults button to reset each individual preference page in the options window
+ Added: Possibility to pass clean targets as commandline parameters
+ Added: Possibility to add all clean targets at once by adding the parent node (Computer) to the clean-up list
+ Added: Possibility to check or uncheck multiple items at once in the objects list, via multiple selection
+ Added: Possibility to use the file system icons in the objects list
+ Added: Possibility to open objects from the list via double-click actions
+ Added: Color codes for potentially unsafe and unsafe items in the objects list when using system icons
+ Added: Sorting capabilities for the columns in the objects list
+ Fixed: A number of low incidence bugs inside the options window
+ Fixed: A minor bug related to wildcards presence in file and directory exclusion lists
+ Fixed: A high incidence bug (file extensions taken from short filenames instead of the proper long ones) when scanning for files
+ Fixed: A high incidence bug (adding duplicates) when scanning for files
+ Fixed: A high incidence bug (Invalid pointer operation) when reopening the uninstall applications window
+ Improved: Reworked and tweaked the UI while rewriting parts of it
+ Improved: Only one instance of DisCleaner can run at any given time
+ Improved: Saving of preferences and the internal preferences system
+ Improved: Major internal refactoring in order to increase stability
+ Improved: Scanner engine speed
+ Improved: Refined the internal rules of the scanner engine; now results are more accurate
+ Improved: Internal array of scanner validators and the validator engine; now it is scalable
+ Improved: SSD devices detection section
+ Improved: Statistics message box with more relevant indicators
+ Improved: English language corrections and improvements both inside the application and the documentation
+ Introduced: Failsafe mechanisms inside critical program section blocks
+ Introduced: Easter eggs -- happy hunting!
+ Added: Functionality to save the clean-up options when the application closes
+ Added: Option to disable transparency on all DisCleaner windows
+ Added: Window shadow on the main window
+ Fixed: Small bugs in the message box window and its appropriate routines
+ Fixed: Displaying of total operation duration in the report window
+ Fixed: Bug related to main window not responding correctly to Escape key events
+ Improved: Statistics message box with total number of files deleted and more readable layout
+ Added: Statistics menu item that shows total disk space reclaimed and number of clean-ups
+ Fixed: Occasional potential memory leaks in Scanner
+ Fixed: Bug that allowed items in the objects list to be checked or unchecked while scanning
+ Fixed: Bug regarding refreshing of uninstall list after an empty entry is deleted
+ Improved: Generated report and the report window
+ Added: Option to clean Custom Directories
+ Added: Option to exclude certain files
+ Added: Option to exclude certain directories
+ Added: Option to uninstall applications
+ Added: More scanner validators
+ Fixed: Small number of low incidence bugs
+ Improved: Options window
+ Improved: Internal engine stability
+ Improved: Internal scanner validator engine
+ Added: Option to clean the Windows, System, and Application log files
+ Added: Option to clean the Windows CHKDSK file fragments
+ Added: Option to clean the Internet Explorer Cache directory
+ Added: Option to clean the Internet Explorer Cookies directory
+ Added: Possibility to batch-clean multiple paths and/or disks
+ Added: Updates menu item to check for the latest DisCleaner updates
+ Added: Internal versatile file validator
+ Fixed: Bug when Repeat button is clicked, stored clean-up options are lost
+ Improved: Some UI enhancements
+ Improved: Routines for gathering system directories
+ Improved: Support for older Windows versions
+ Improved: Internal search and clean engine (SCE)
+ Added: Option to clean the files in Recycle Bin
+ Added: Option to clean the Windows Prefetch files
+ Fixed: Occasional 8.3 style directory and files listing
+ Fixed: Bug with bad file size calculation and displaying
+ Fixed: Bug where cleaning of only one item would always fail
+ Fixed: Bug regarding occasional disabling of the Clean button
+ Improved: Some UI fixes and tweaks
+ Improved: Internal partial modular refactoring
+ Added: New powerful search and clean engine (SCE)
+ Added: New Graphical User Interface (GUI)
+ Added: New cleaning options
+ Added: New security features
+ Improved: Searching capabilities
+ Introduced: Portable Edition (PE) concept -- can be run from any location
+ Introduced: First public release of a stable version
If you take a closer look at the full version changelog, you will quickly spot that some particular versions are missing from the list. This is not an error. In fact up until version 18.104.22.168, DisCleaner was a program designed not to be released. Other intermediary versions that are missing from the list are considered experimental and were discarded after their purpose was met.
Using old versions
You might wonder how safe it is to use old versions of this program? The answer is simple. If you are not bothered by the bugs that were fixed in the versions prior to the one you are using, then your choice to use an older version is legitimate. If you are using a version prior to 22.214.171.1243, then it is strongly recommended to upgrade.
However you should always obtain the latest version of this program in order to stay on the safe side and to benefit from the latest features and better compatibility with modern Windows operating systems.
Section K. Miscellaneous
Note: All bugs should be reported at: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Alexandru Groza.
If you like what we are doing, please consider making a donation. Any amount is treasured and will help me (Alexandru Groza) continue my work and release more valuable software with less bugs, while keeping them free of charge. Many thanks goes to all of those who already donated!
DisCleaner is a one man effort to create a competitive easy to use computer program with the sole purpose explained throughout this comprehensive documentation. Since I cannot dedicate as much of my time as I would want to work on this software package, updates are infrequent but I am still trying to squeeze as much of my knowledge as I can into this program.
Thank you for using this computer program.