BleachBit 4.2.0 / Beta      

Size:  11.5MB

License:   FREE

Publisher:  Publisher | Listed Programs

Release Date:   2021-02-22  | Changelog

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OS:  Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

Downloads:   17458

Popularity:   Popularity:0/10



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The term BleachBit should not make you start thinking of the human skin. It refers to a special program that deletes unnecessary data from computers, which helps in a number of ways. It removes junk files that take up valuable disk space and improves privacy in the process. The cleaner is especially useful for business purposes. While there are many cleaners, they usually come at a premium if you want to use them for business purposes. However, this open-source program is free even for business users.


  • Shreds files to improve privacy by preventing the possibility of recovering their contents
  • Improves system performance by deleting files
  • Easy to use
  • Multi-platform and multilingual
  • Allows users to write new cleaners using XML

Using BleachBit

Had we been looking for a flashy user interface, then we would have been disappointed as soon as we launched the cleaner. However, it was a practical interface that allowed us to perform the tasks we wanted.

The left pane listed the programs installed on our system. Below each program were lists of files it used, with check-boxes that we could use to select the ones we wanted to delete. The System category gave us the option to perform either general cleaning or deep scan to locate junk files in different sections of our computer.

When we selected a category, the cleaner displayed a short explanation of its sub-items. The information was so brief that it could hardly make sense to someone without prior knowledge. If you are not sure about what a particular file does and the effect of its deletion, you should either look for more information online or leave it alone.

You can use BleachBit to remove different types of files, including system items, temporary files, backups, Web browser files and other application-related content.

The program gave us a preview of the results, which helped us to determine the amount of disk space we would get among other things. However, most of the log file content was too technical. We also used it to shred sample files and folders and then tried to recover them with relevant programs. It did a good job of hiding their content. In addition to deleting content, the cleaner wiped free disk space for even more privacy.

We could also create a list of folders and files to delete or include the ones we did not want to delete in a whitelist. The program gave us various prompts. For example, it prompted us to check the Preview report and determine any files we wanted to keep. It also let us know that deep scan would take a long time.


BleachBit is a powerful application for deleting unwanted data to recover disk space, ensure privacy and improve system performance. However, it does not provide sufficient details for many users. The descriptions are too brief, and the log report only gives a total of recovered disk space without showing respective amounts on different drives. Still, it is a great choice for business users.

Software Product Description

BleachBit deletes unnecessary files to free valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove junk. Rid your system of old clutter including cache, cookies, Internet history, localizations, logs, temporary files, and broken shortcuts.


"0.9.4 beta"

Reviewer: -mweizer

Review Date: 2012-11-25

Pros: None

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I guess the author(s) don't read opinions
but I'll try again:
perhaps bold font the category leader or the deletable amount or use a separation line between categories

To users I suggest: under tab Edit>Preferences,
uncheck "hide irrelevant cleaners",
check ".. update Winapp2" and I
checked "Overwrite..."

Ccleaner with same version of Winapp2 installed in its program folder and Bleachbit in its cleaners folder show basically same options but there are a few different cleaner options.

Bleachbit's System> Update Uninstall [Microsoft update copies/ software distribution] is way more thorough than Ccleaner and is quite large first run.

Perhaps some items not to routinely check are:
Microsoft Windows> Icon Cashe'
System> Prefetch and Free Disk Space

So, though it takes some time to go through its compact, monotone scan results, eventually I've grown to trust my settings


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