Are you sick of cleaning up the various leftover bits and bytes on your system manually? Click and Clean is a handy FREE Chrome and Firefox extension that help you to get rid of all the garbage on your system: your history trail, caches, cookies and whatnot with very little effort or time spent on your part, for both your browser and your PC in general.
There’s a ton of different programs to ‘clean up’ your system but are just shortcuts or clones of tools that are already on your OS.
I’ve used a program called FixBee for quite a while now and never had any complaints about it, but sometimes when you want to clean out your browser history and things of that nature it makes sense to do it right then and there in your browser.
Enter Click and Clean, which lives as a button in your browser toolbar and is just so practical and provides immediate browser-cleaning gratification.
We tested the Chrome version of this extension. Once installed, you’ll see an icon with a big C in it on your address bar and that’s where you’ll go to clean things up whenever you’re ready. Click on the big C and you’ll get the main menu as a fast pop up and you can choose exactly what you want to program to do immediately (see screenshot above). The option to “Clear Private Data” is the one I use most often, as it basically provides a super convenient shortcut to Chrome’s standard removal capabilities for getting rid of pages history, cookies and other browsing crumbs. Using the C & C button this way saves me a few clicks at a time and while that may not seem like a lot initially, it does add up over time and use.
In addition to making crumb removal faster and easier, C & C will also scan your system for malware if you so choose. Hitting that option will bring you to a page that will let you run what’s called a “QuickScan” to see if you’ve picked up any known malware and help you to remove it fast and easy. While I wouldn’t suggest this as your sole and only means of defending your system (a decent active anti-virus program is a must, for instance) it is certainly more than adequate for those quick moments in between full system scans to be sure you’re maintaining your system’s health. There are also options to clean up temporary files, downloaded files, video browsing history (this one is majorly useful for many of us) and even a handy shortcut to your task manager. It will even remove various tabs from your browser by domain if you want it to.
While Click and Clean may not offer anything in the way of futuristic innovations, it does offer a solid, fast way to maintain your browser’s and your PC’s health with a minimum of muss and fuss, mostly by using tools and programs that are already loaded on your Windows OS or your browser. It’s also completely free, as mentioned, so you won’t be paying an arm and a leg to get it done. Downsides are minimal and consist mostly of an extra click or two here and there for the first few times you use it and setting up options. I would definitely recommend this extension for anyone who has Chrome or FireFox and wants to keep their system cleaned on a regular basis so they don’t have to spend hours doing so annually or monthly. Until next time, my friends!
- Get Click and Clean for Chrome or FireFox here.