SCleaner: an open source alternative to Windows Disk Cleanup

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Last updated: July 3, 2022

People with a small storage space or a constantly busy reader will understand why it is important to regularly clean your hard drive.

While playing video games and browsing the internet hard drive space quickly fills up with thousands of temporary files generated during these activities.

So, it is important to start a Windows Disk Cleanup Tool approximately every week.

SCleaner, the ultimate hard drive cleaning tool

SCleaner is a open source disk cleanup tool that helps you delete temporary files with just one click. It requires administrator permissions to run and you will need to accept the UAC prompt every time you use it.

With a very simple interface, this free software will help you eliminate obsolete files and unnecessary programs, to sort your files, to clean the registry, etc.

How to use SCleaner?

To clean your computer with SCleaner, it's easy ! Just follow these steps:

First of all download the program. Then unzip the ZIP archive where you want it and then run the program.

SCleaner lists Windows components in 2 sections:

  • Must clean.
  • Can also be cleaned.

The first for mandatory cleanups that deal with broken links and shortcuts, icon and thumbnail cache, temporary files, Windows error reporting, etc.

The second for recommended but not mandatory cleanings such as recycle bin, pre-read files, temporary folder, error logs, and execution history.

You can choose what the program should look for by checking the boxes next to each option. Push the button Scan To analyze the amount of data that can be recovered, it is displayed in the lower left corner of the window.


SCleaner was extremely quick to find trash that could be removed. It is a minimalist application, perfect for users who want perform quick Windows cleanups with just one click.

It took about 1 second to detect the content. Disk cleanup has never been faster for me, Windows' built-in utility progress bar sits there for a good 10 seconds or so, before moving on to delete options.