Kaspersky Lab is well-known security software maker famous for their flagship products Kaspersky Antivirus, Kaspersky Internet Security. Kaspersky Lab recently released Kaspersky Free, their free edition of Kaspersky Antivirus. Now, they are offering another free tool, Kaspersky Cleaner for Windows operating system. Let’s check out what it offers and if it’s really worth installing on your PC.
Kaspersky Cleaner Free
Kaspersky Cleaner as the name suggests is a free software from Kaspersky Lab to clean your PC by removing junk files. Kaspersky Cleaner will run on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 operating system. You need to remember it’s not a security software as what we all associate Kaspersky name to, it will not remove viruses, malware or spyware.
The user interface of Kaspersky Cleaner is similar to other Kaspersky products. The user interface is easy-to-use and lets you access its functions with just a click. Lets now check out the features and functions offered by Kaspersky Cleaner.
The icons of each function misses labels maybe because you don’t need to. Instead, you need to move the mouse cursor over the icons to know their function. From left to right, each functions are as follows:
- System Cleanup: Cleans junk files from the Recycle Bin and removes temporary files, log files.
- Restore System Settings: Restore settings that affects normal operation of Windows operating system.
- Private Browsing: Blocks collection and use of your personal data.
- Remove Activity Traces: Clear cookies, history, log files.
When you click on the big Start Scan button, Kaspersky Cleaner will scan your Windows PC using all the four functions. After scan is complete, it displays the issues it has detected. It’s up to you to fix them automatically, or review them first. When you click on each functions icon now, it displays details of what issues it found.
Kaspersky Cleaner Features
Kaspersky Cleaner for Windows allows you clean Recycle Bin contents, remove temporary files and various log files. It can help you restore critical system settings if they were modified by some malicious software like unwanted toolbars, trojan or virus. It also protects your privacy by remove activity traces by deleting cookies, logs, and history from your web browser.
The Private Browsing icon helps you configure Windows, especially Windows 10, by blocking the collection of personal information. You can stop various applications from accessing your account settings. You can also block collection and transmission of telemetry data from your Windows PC.
Kaspersky Cleaner for Windows helps you restore various system settings back to their default values. This feature is helpful if a feature of Windows operating system is blocked by a malicious software. You will also find option to repair invalid EXE, COM and PEFI file associations. For instance, you can unblock Task Manager or the Registry Editor, if they are blocked by some malicious software, trojan or virus.
Overall, Kaspersky Cleaner for Windows is a decent free system tool from Kaspersky Lab. It is now in beta phase so we expect more additional functions to add up as it matures. Kaspersky Lab only provides online web installer for Kaspersky Cleaner which downloads the full product later on your PC. You need to be online to successfully install the software.