BleachBit v1.4 Updated

Checker on 9 Sep 2014

BleachBit quickly frees disk space, removes hidden junk, and safeguards your privacy. You can erase cache, Internet history, cookies (including the much-maligned "evercookie"), DOM storage, unused localizations, and temporary files of 70 applications including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Adobe Reader, APT, and more. Additional applications can be added with the community authored winapp2.ini cleaner list in the Preferences - General tab (requires restart).

Includes wipe function to protect privacy, includes support for 52 languages, and available for Linux.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package labelled 'portable' and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch bleachbit.exe.
What's new?
  • Firefox: Fix DatabaseError: no such table: moz_hosts.
  • Firefox: Purge the table moz_hosts in places.sqlite for the option url_history.
  • Firefox: Delete Necko Predictive Network Actions.
  • Firefox: Delete more session restore files.
  • Google Chrome: Fix error cleaning autofill_dates.
  • Adobe Reader: Use wildcards instead of specific versions.
  • Clean netMRL history in VLC media player.
  • Clean GIMP version 2.8.
  • Improve support for Liferea.
Specific to Linux / Unix:
  • Pass control of the ~/.cache/mozilla directory from the System - Cache cleaner to the Firefox - Cache cleaner.
  • Clean additional locale directories.
  • Clean .mask files in Easytag.
  • Clean more history in the Links web browser.
  • Add packages for CentOS 7 and RHEL 7.
Specific to Windows:
  • Winapp2.ini: On 64-bit systems expand %ProgramFiles% and %CommonProgramFiles% to the 32-bit versions in DetectFile= and FileKey=.
  • Winapp2.ini: Support wildcards in DetectFile#=.
  • Winapp2.ini: Support numbers in environment variable names.
  • System Information: Show ProgramFiles and ProgramW6432.
  • Avoid a crash when starting on Windows with an exception in setting environment variables.
Translations:
  • Added Latvian translation.
  • Updated Asturian, Brazilian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Malay, Polish, Russian, Swedish and Tamil translation.

14 comments on BleachBit  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

freakazoid 2010-02-21 19:00

File size is quite big for a cleaning program. CCleaner is about a third of the size and does most of BleachBit's jobs.

guinness 2010-02-22 20:02

this is compatible with Linux!

webfork 2010-03-02 02:30

A clean and simple program with results comparable to ccleaner, and open source. Good stuff.

zandy 2010-06-06 20:56

repeatedly froze at 5%...

darkest 2010-10-06 16:18

is it better than ccleaner?

Andrew 2010-11-16 22:54

Zandy: Read the FAQ about "takes a long time" http://bleachbit.sourceforge.net/documentation/faq

darkest: Results vary by individual computer and even by day. One way to find out is to try one program and then another. If the second program is "better," it will find some things the first does not. However, each will probably find a few things the other does not. Some other thoughts: CCleaner added the popular SQLite vacuuming feature long after it was in BleachBit, but CCleaner was first, is oldest, and has more users (at least on Windows). Also, CCleaner has shredding options (e.g., Gutmann) which suggest the authors either don't know how they work or add them only for marketing hype (explained here http://bleachbit.sourceforge.net/documentation/shred-files-wipe-disk)

webfork 2010-11-17 21:44

Andrew: excellent note about file wipe requirements. Gutmann is like changing your car oil every 50 miles: its unnecessary, wasteful, and time consuming.

Loner 2010-12-13 04:20

After reading about this program having a larger footprint than CCleaner, I think I'll stick with CCleaner, it works fine for me.

Fergus 2010-12-13 09:06

0.8.2 (and previous versions) worked fast and well but 0.8.3 hangs mid-use for me. And for others, looking at BleachBit's forum. So I'll stick with 0.8.2 till this is sorted.
Fergus

Faust 2010-12-20 03:37

@Andrew, well I'm unable to trust a program written by someone who favors the opinion regarding data erasure of an economist over that of a computer scientist, nor am I able to trust a program author who posts to a thread badmouthing his competition without properly identifying himself.

YShayahu53 2011-01-02 14:37
Andrew Ziem 2011-01-05 19:29

Faust, Daniel Feenberg is (according to LinkedIn) currently an IT Director at the National Bureau of Economic Research, so Wikipedia's label of "economist" appears to be a mistake. Also reference the 2006 NIST Special Publication.... so which computer scientists claim any data can be recovered after one pass? Also, I thought it was generous to write that each cleaner probably finds things the other doesn't and that CCleaner is older and more mature. CCleaner is not a bad tool and certainly does many things well.

webfork 2012-03-16 01:56

Used this to clean up more than 6 gigs of information off a reasonably old Win 7 x64 machine recently. I don't know that it had a major impact on speed, but certainly like that extra 6 gigs. Love this program.

V0.9.2

Midas 2013-10-17 14:51

"BleachBit Is the October [2013] Project of the Month [at SourceForge.net].

BleachBit is a nice tool for freeing disk space on Windows and Linux systems. BleachBit also helps to preserve privacy; in this time of privacy concerns, it might be something you want to check out. It's even caught the attention of computer security Technologist Bruce Schneier in The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-how-to-remain-secure-surveillance) and in Wired (http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/149481/). Read interview with Andrew Ziem on our blog (http://sourceforge.net/blog/october-2013-potm/)."

v0.9.6

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