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1.12 Stable
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Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Oct 25, 2016
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BleachBit Review

Felix Cheng
Editors' Pick

'A cloth or something': A system cleaner which can also permanently delete data

A review of BleachBit by Felix Cheng

BleachBit is an extremely useful and versatile freeware portable system cleaning application which removes junk from your PC extremely effectively and quickly. It helps to maintain your privacy by clearing out cache, cookies, history, logs and temporary files.

Another great feature of BleachBit and probably where it gets its name from, is the great feature to completely delete deleted data. If you weren't already aware, once data is sent to the recycling bin and then emptied from there, the data you supposedly deleted still lingers on your hard drive until that exact sector is overwritten. BleachBit can completely wipe that data.

Some of the applications BleachBit can clean the temporary files from are all modern mainstream Internet Browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Chromium), but also other applications which are known to save and cache data in various places on your system like RealPlayer, VIM, Google Earth and Adobe Reader.

BleachBit is highly recommended and completely free.

BleachBit features and highlights:
  • Free disk space
  • Reduce the size of backups and the time to create them by removing unnecessary files
  • Maintain privacy
  • Improve system performance (by vacuuming the Firefox database, for example)
  • Prepare whole disk images for compression (common for "ghost" backups and virtual machines) by wiping free disk space
  • Simple operation: read the descriptions, check the boxes you want, click preview, and click delete
  • 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

BleachBit is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from secure cleaning software without restrictions. BleachBit 1.12 Stable is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

This trace eraser software is filed under:

  • BleachBit Download
  • Freeware Secure Cleaning Software
  • Software Reviews
  • Open source and GPL software

Compatibility with this trace eraser software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from BleachBit.

BleachBit has been picked by our editors as excellent.
BleachBit has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested BleachBit 1.12 Stable against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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