I was reading news articles at Betanews when I came across a link which led me to discovering a free utility software that is worth trying.

I'm talking about KCleaner, a tiny application (small memory footprint of less than 5mb) that will help in keeping your system clean of unwanted and/or temporary files.
Publisher's Description
KCleaner is designed to be the most efficient Hard Disk cleaner, tracking every useless byte in order to give you all the ressources you may need for your documents, music, pictures, movies,... It is the first product of this kind featuring a full automatic mode, which works in background so that you don't have to care about when to launch it. As a proof of its efficiency, it often finds up to many Gb not even seen by its competitors so... give KCleaner a try ! And if data security is something you are interested in, you'll love the secured file deletion methods proposed by KCleaner, making deleted files unrecoverable by any known mean.

Product Features
  • Detects and cleans temporary and useless files (cache, unused setup files...)
  • Automatic mode working in background
  • Secured file deletion method
  • Expert mode : let users control any file deletion done by KCleaner
  • Internationalization support.

My Review
I don't know if the naming was incidental or intentional, but KCleaner sounds like CCleaner, a utility in the same classification which is a product of Piriform.

Unlike CCleaner, KCleaner does not offer registry cleaning. However, it has features which got my interest. Among other files, it cleans your hard disk of the following:
  • Windows Installer Duplicates
  • Sun / Java Installer Cache
  • ATI Drivers Installer Cache
  • Dr. Watson Logs
  • PCHealth Dumps
You will free up megabytes of hd space using KCleaner.

Feedbacks from forum members reveal early warnings to users of KCleaner. A common advise is for users to be extra cautious on what to check and uncheck in the Settings option.

I noted the most common configuration setting and applied these on my own machine for testing purposes. For now, this is my setup:

Check everything EXCEPT 'Recycle Bin' and 'Hotfixes / Service Packs Uninstallers', or just follow what is shown in the image above.

You can also have KCleaner side by side with CCleaner for added cleaning and system optimization capabilities.

Give KCleaner a try, use the comment section to post your own reactions/observations about this utility software.