Norton Cleansweep can be a very useful program if you use it properly. it will clear out all those un desired files from your hard drive that build up over the course of time. I do however advise caution when using this program. So far as to say never turn off the safety sweep function. The safety sweep is there to make sure that any files that are "possibly" needed are left well alone. I have never used this program once with the safety sweep turned off and everything be left working. It has a nasty tendancy to delete DLL files from some of your favourite programs. You may think then why can you turn it off. Well the reason behind tht is that without deleting those "maybe" files you will never really get rid of all the junk off your hard drive. Unfortunately I dont think its a risk you really want to take unless you like re-installing software for most of the day. It says it deletes Internet build up, well it does but so does windows disk clean. Clean sweep has more and better uses like removing those annoying old registry entries etc. Worth buying in my opinion just dont let it become a hazard to your programs.
I must admit to not being overly sure what most of this program actually does. I wouldn't regard myself as a computer expert but nor am I a beginner. The basic idea is that your computer can be slowed down by redundant files, cache entries, cookies etc etc. That's where Cleansweep comes in. You can clear out all unwanted temporary files and files that are no longer needed, perhaps by an uninstalled application, with the click of the mouse. it sounds like a good idea in principle but in reality is isn't that easy. I have run most of the options on here and I can't see my system noticeably running any faster. There are a whole wealth of options here but most of them I would doubt if a) you knew what they did & b) if you would want to use them. The uninstaller is the best bit of the program. It monitors your system in the background and leaps into action if you install a plug in from the web or install a new piece of software. It then ensures it is being installed correctly & ensures all aspects of the program are removed if you decide to uninstall it. Overall, I'm not sure that there is enough here to justify the £20 price tag. I think if you looked hard enough, you could download something just as or even more effective free from the web.
After umming and aahing for a few weeks and reading reviews in ComputerActive I finally went and bought the Norton package of CleanSweep 2000 and Norton Anti Virus 2000. It worked out much cheaper buying the two and as I didn't have an anti virus package installed I thought it was about time. I didn't realised just how much rubbish had accumulated on the computer. Obviously without the Cleansweep you are able to delete a certain amount of stuff yourself but Cleansweep means you are able to delve deeper, for instance into the Registry without fear that you will delete something of importance. You are always given the option to back up files (although my problem is I don't know when I can delete them from the backup files now) and it will tell you when you don't need to back files up and just delete. You are able to see exactly which cookies you no longer need as it is much clearer exactly where each cookie is from. I wish I'd bought this a long time ago but now I HAVE bought it, I couldn't be happier.
In terms of value-for-money, this product rates fairly low.I personally think that if you're really going to buy a standalone cleanup program, Cybermedia's Uninstaller is in some ways better. While it takes care of much of what Uninstaller does, Cleansweep isn't quite as vigorous or thorough. Uninstaller cleans up not only the detritus of internet use, it's a complete get-rid-of-anything program. It's great for COMPLETELY uninstalling a program right the first time, whereas Cleansweep tends to be more useful for cleaning up incomplete uninstalls. In order to be effective, Uninstaller has to scan your entire hard disk, file-by-file. OBviously, if you have a big hard disk with a lot of files, this can take a LOT of time.
Cleansweep, previously of Quarterdeck fame, is now a product of the semi-famous Norton brand name. However, little has changed since the take over and Norton Cleanweep 2000 is still a useful piece of software. Cleansweep 2000 includes four main components: Norton Cleansweep, Fast & Safe Cleanup, The Norton Safe and Smart Sweep – Internet Sweep. Of these, it is the Cleansweep program that will receive the most attention. This is the place for you if you wish to uninstall software, restore files, clean your Internet files, archive/backup/move/transport programs or data and find redundant registry/system files. Using an easy navigable menu and wizard system, Norton Cleansweep guides you through each task with the minimum of fuss. It certainly seems much more effective than using the Windows Add/Remove control panel uninstaller. Also, the Internet cleaner is a useful function if you do tend to surf the web quite frequently and give your cache some stick. Periodically you can press the “LiveUpdate” button to automatically download any software updates by connecting to Norton via the Internet. The Norton Safe, a minor component, is a godsend, especially if you’re a relatively inexperienced computer user. It checks which files are sent to the Windows Recycle Bin and will retain certain files, according to your defined filters. For example, you can tell The Norton Safe to keep all .doc (Word Document) files. Should you actually mistakenly delete a word document and then empty the Recycle Bin you’ll find it safe and content in The Norton Safe. Thank God for that! Fast & Safe Cleanup is a simple yet effective tool. When you run the program it tells you how much space you are wasting by having files in the Recycle Bin, Internet Cache, Internet History, Temporary Files and Lost Cluster Files. By clicking the “Clean Now” button you ensure that these files are thoroughly exterminated. The Smart Sweep
8211; Internet Sweep is another useful component. If you decide to run this program every time Windows starts then it will sit quietly in the background until you come to install a program either in Windows or on the Internet. If this is the case, it will monitor the installation so that it knows what files have been put where so that should you decide you no longer need the game or software you can go to Cleansweep and select the created Smart Sweep log to uninstall the program with high accuracy. A vital tool for computer maintenance whatever your system speed or hard drive space.