PrivaZer is an extremely powerful cleaning tool and as such, it is not a tool that you need to use on a daily basis. If CCleaner is your daily system optimization, privacy, and cleanup tool, stay with it – it’s the granddaddy of all system cleaners with good reason. In my view CCleaner is as close to perfect at its assigned task, as a free program can be.
However, if you have a need to get deeper into your system – then PrivaZer (recommended by super user and regular reader Chris A.), is a free application which has been designed to do just that. The “fast facts” listed below will give you a good overall view of PrivaZer’s capabilities.
PrivaZer, like many recently released privacy tools, should not be run without the user taking time to fully understand the power inherent in this application. Further on in this review, you’ll find a number of suggestions for getting you up to speed quickly.
During the installation process, shown below, you will have an opportunity to choose various installs.
An additional choice you will have is – selecting (or not), to install context menu commands.
I’ll jump ahead here for illustrative purposes. For this test, I selected the context menu install which I’ve shown in the following screen capture. Note, this screen shot shows only one of the four context menus – “For drives, Storage”.
Prior to the first run (as shown below), the developer has designed the interface so that less experienced users can choose to be guided by a series of recommended actions.
One such recommended action (subject to user input), is shown below.
Once I had made the choices appropriate for my needs (including cleaning any traces in the free space on the Hard Drive) ……..
… the application allowed me the option to continue as planned, or to back out of individual choices. As well, as illustrated below, selecting any specific action will bring up a menu which provides additional information.
For this test, I went “whole hog” which included cleaning up the drive’s free space. The complete task (analyzing the system and cleanup), ran roughly 30 minutes. The developer makes the point, that future cleanup tasks will run much faster.
With simply one click, PrivaZer is able to clean securely
Pagefile.sys and Hiberfil.sys files
Use of software
Histories of visited websites, viewed videos, use of software, opened docs, etc
Invalid Prefetch entries
Residual traces of deleted files
File table (MFT or FAT)
INDEX attributes in MFT
USN Journal, etc
The developer provides a short video which illustrates the basic functions of PrivaZer. I highly recommend that you take the two and a half minutes to view the video. Click on the graphic below to go to the developer’s home page.
While there, I suggest that you scout around the page for additional information on this super application.
System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 – 32 bit & 64 bit (tested on Win 8 32 bit).
Download at: Developer’s site.
A complete User’s Guide is available here in PDF format. I highly recommend that you take advantage of the opportunity.
This application offers a straightforward interface, a ton of options, and it’s free – but, it should only be run by experienced users who have a good grasp of system operations.