BleachBit:- Usage – 2023 – January – Day 01

Background

Web browsing led me to a blog post that highlighted some of the new Microsoft Windows OS Utilities that one should familarize with.

 

Forward

This quick evaluation is tracked from a list of MS Windows Utilities published by Rishabh Chauhan.

Here is a link to Rishabh Chauhan’s list:-

Rishabh Chauhan
The 9 Best Utilities for Windows Power Users
Date Published:- 2022-December-30th
Link

 

BleachBit

Let us quickly talk on my experience using BleachBit on a MS Windows computer.

What is BleachBit

Link

When your computer is getting full, BleachBit quickly frees disk space. When your information is only your business, BleachBit guards your privacy. With BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. Designed for Linux and Windows systems, it wipes clean thousands of applications including Firefox, Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, Opera, and more. Beyond simply deleting files, BleachBit includes advanced features such as shredding files to prevent recovery, wiping free disk space to hide traces of files deleted by other applications, and vacuuming Firefox to make it faster. Better than free, BleachBit is open source.

 

Author(s)

Andrew Ziem

 

Information

  1. Computer Programming Language
    • Python
  2. Platform
    • MS Windows
    • Linux

 

Artifacts

  1. Installers for both Linux and Windows are available at https://www.bleachbit.org/download
    • Windows
      • Download BleachBit for Windows
        Link
    • Linux
      • Download BleachBit for Linux
        Link

Usage

Categories

List

Manufacturer Category Sub-Category
Adobe Adobe Reader Cache, Most Recently Used, Temporary Files
Microsoft Deep Scan .DS_Store, Backup files, Temporary files, Thumbs.db, VIM swap files across system, VIM swp files under user profile
Mozilla Firefox Backup files, Cache, Cookies, Crash reports, DOM Storage, Form history, Passwords, Session restore, Site preferences, URL history, Vacuum
Google Chrome Cache, Cookies, DOM Storage, Form history, History, Passwords, Search engines, Session, Site preferences, Sync, Vacuum
Microsoft Internet Explorer Cache, Cookies, Download history, Form history, History, Logs
Microsoft Microsoft Edge Cache, Cookies, DOM Storage, Form history, History, Passwords, Search engines, Session, Site preferences, Sync, Vacuum
Microsoft Microsoft Office Debug Logs, Most Recently Used
Microsoft Microsoft Paint Most Recently Used
Microsoft Microsoft Office Debug Logs, Most Recently Used
Microsoft System (OS) Clipboard, Custom., Free disk space, Logs, Memory dump, MUICache, Prefetch, Recycle bin, Temporary Files, Update uninstallers
VIM VIM History
VLC VLC Media Player Memory dump, Most recently used
Microsoft Windows Defender Backup files, History, Logs, Quarantine, Tempory files
Microsoft Windows Explorer Most recently used, Recent documents list, Run, Search history, Shellbags, Thumbnails
Microsoft Wordpad Most recently used
Zoom Zoom Cache, Logs, Recordings

 

Scenario

Choice

  1. Adobe Reader
    • Choice:- <Full>
  2. Deep Scan
    • Choice:- <None>
    • Reason
      • Resource intensive as it performs a scatter scan of all disk to identify files matching the patterns of each sub-category
      • There are other tools that may accomplish the same thing and they are well tested
      • Time & Resource Requirements does not meet criteria for a quick product evaluation
  3. Firefox
    • Choice:- <Mostly Full>
    • Skipped
      • Passwords
  4. Google Chrome
    • Choice:- <Mostly Full>
    • Skipped
      • Passwords
  5. Internet Explorer
    • Choice:- <Full>
  6. Microsoft Edge
    • Choice:- <Mostly Full>
    • Skipped
      • Passwords
  7. Microsoft Office
    • Choice:- <Full>
  8. Microsoft Paint
    • Choice:- <Full>
  9. System
    • Choice:- <Mostly Full>
    • Skipped
      • Update uninstallers
  10. VIM
    • Choice: <N/A>
  11. VLC Media Player
    • Choice:- <Full>
  12. Windows Defender
    • Choice:- <Full>
  13. Windows Explorer
    • Choice:- <Skipped>
  14. WordPad
    • Choice:- <Skipped>
  15. Zoom
    • Choice:- <Skipped>

Images

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome

Microsoft – Internet Explorer

Microsoft – Edge

Microsoft – Office

Microsoft – Windows – System
Pre

Post

Microsoft – Windows Defender

Preview

Please preview the files that will be removed…

 

 

Delete

Delete Confirmation

If you are OK with proceeding, please select the Delete option from the “Delete confirmation” window.

 

Delete List

 

Technical Summary

  1. I got back 7.16 GB of disk space
  2. Rid myself of 31,000 unneeed files

 

Dedicate

Dedicating this post to Andrew Ziem.

It is not easy developing a multi-platform tool.

The tool has a very polished user-interface.

It works with no fuzz whatsoever.

I unreservedly recommend this tool.

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