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Privazer scrubs your computer so clean it glistens in the sunlight [Freeware]


One of the impossible tasks on a computer is scrubbing it clean of the junk which over time accumulates on our hard drives and makes them sluggish. Deleting files and emptying the recycle bin is all well and good, but that covers a fraction of the material that’s there, and even deleting files won’t get rid of the actual data on the disk until it’s overwritten by new information. So what to do?

Privazer is a freeware software gem, which offers just about the most impressive and comprehensive computer clean up we’ve ever seen. It doesn’t just remove temp files, and scrub away the remnants of deleted files, but goes right down to the sector level on the hard disk and locates errant bits and bytes which have been left by earlier deletions or by program installation and deletion, and removes those on command as well.


To say that it’s comprehensive is an understatement. This thing does a scan and clean of file allocation tables, jumplists, USB histories, invalid prefetch entries and removes residual traces from the Windows indexing services. What does that all mean? Who knows, but we’re pretty sure it’s doing a bang up job of freeing up space on your drive, and speeding up its operation. All in all it offers more than 100 scan/cleanup services with a single click of the mouse.

You can also use the software to permanently shred and delete sensitive files and/or folders so they cannot be recovered, up to government spec, as well as remove irrelevant cookies and optimization of the registry. You can even set up a regular daily, weekly or monthly clean up schedule if you’re fanatic about these things, which should give you much needed peace of mind.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

  • phil_fotot

    Nice software. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  • Pierre

    Looks like it did a great job, but something strange happened.

    I installed the freeware, ran it and it got rid of a lot of junk .
    C: Drive available space before PrivaZer : About 29 Go
    C: Drive available space after PrivaZer : 34,2 Go
    Nice !
    But then, right after PrivaZer was done, I got this pop up window from Google Drive telling me that my drive is almost full and that I need to delete files. Since I use less than 1 G (of 5 available) on Google Drive, I assume it was refering to my computer drive
    I ignored it of course, but it is strange ;)

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