BleachBit – Open Source System Cleaner

During the DevOps work at the company I like flushing the browser history, clean recently accessed directories and some temporary files. Having to work with Windows 7 in a company domain (Windows 7 – company policy), the temporary directories and installer cache is filling up quickly.

A good system cleaner

Unfortunately there is no easy accessible Windows Tool available. Garbage cleaning with Windows 10 is a bit better, but still manual work. Looking for an alternative for CCleaner to bypass the license jungle, there is BleachBit. Opensource and designed for Windows and Linux (yes!). It crawls installed programs and their work directories matching cleanup scripts.

Depending on your installed software it can be used for:

  • improve your privacy (Clean up Adobe history, Skype temporary files, VLC history, Explorer history…)
  • free some space (Windows appdata local temp storage and installer files…)
  • wipe space (overwrite)
  • deep dive the disk (to remove Thumbs.db cache)
  • support OpenSource software

BleachBit does the work

BleachBitThis routines are prepared and maintained by community maintained scripts – very nice. Unless you keep the hands off Windows registry cleaning (unaffected by the application) I can fairly recommend this tool.



1 thought on “BleachBit – Open Source System Cleaner

  1. BleachBit is maintained by its creator, Andrew Ziem, so its user experience will probably leave something to be desired versus CCleaner, which has a whole team behind it. On the other hand, as a popular piece of open source software (under a GNU free software license), there s the potential for security researchers to have a look at it s codebase. Talos only spotted the problem with the software because it had advanced tools loaded on its machines looking for strange behavior.

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