No matter how hard you try to avoid downloading cookies, you will inevitably let a few trackers slip by. Some websites that you’ll need to use will not work correctly unless you allow them to run scripts and push cookies onto your machine. This is not necessarily a bad thing as long as you remember to clean up after yourself.
CCleaner is a free tool with a lot of useful features, but its primary function is to clean up those pesky temporary files that tend to accumulate on your computer, eating up disk-space and violating your privacy. Because CCleaner can be configured to delete your Internet cache, history, cookies, session information, etc., it is the perfect utility for giving you a clean slate every time you reboot your computer or run the cleaner utility within the program.
- Download CCleaner and run the installation program.
- CCleaner recommends that you keep cookies for accounts that you visit on a regular basis so you do not have to log in every time you visit that site. However, if your goal is to reduce the ability of third-parties to track your activity, keeping any cookies on your computer for an extended period of time is a bad idea. I delete everything as often as I can.
Configure CCleaner Options for Better Privacy
By default, CCleaner will be configured to get rid of a lot of unnecessary temporary files, logs, etc. Many of these options do not have anything to do with Internet tracking. If you are concerned about people gaining direct access to your computer and mining it for information, then you may want to look through and check a lot of the additional options in the windows and applications tabs of the “Cleaner” section of the program. If your concern is only for your Internet privacy, then you will want to concentrate on Windows features and software with direct access to the web.
Configure CCleaner’s Windows Tab
- Select the “Cleaner” icon on the left side of the program.
- Select the “Windows” tab in the main application window.
- Check all of the boxes under the “Internet Explorer” menu item.
Configure CCleaner’s Applications Tab
- Select the “Applications” tab in the main application window.
- Check all of the boxes under the menu item for each of your browsers.
- Scroll further down the list and locate both the “Internet” and “multimedia” menu items. Ensure that every checkbox in both of those sections have been checked.
Configure CCleaner to Clean your Computer Every Time it Boots
- Select the “Options” icon on the left side of the program.
- Select the “Settings” button.
- Check the “Run CCleaner when the computer starts” checkbox.
- If the last checkbox “Automatically check for updates CCleaner” is not checked already, now would be a good time to go ahead and check it.
CCleaner is one of the most useful freeware programs ever developed to protect your privacy. Consider supporting the company that created it by purchasing either the Home or Business Editions. Supporting quality developers ensures that they will continue to update and improve the program on a regular basis. Buy CCleaner.