Running out of hard drive space is far less of an issue than it used to be, but if you have an older machine that you don’t want to spend money on to get a larger drive, or you’re just looking to help keep your drive in better shape, having a clean out from time to time is a great idea.
Clearing out the crud that can accumulate helps to give Windows room to breathe, but there is also the added bonus that you can protect your privacy by deleting various files that have been used to record your activities. JFRemover is a free tool that can be used to make your file removals easier than ever.
Before you can get started, you’ll need to get yourself a copy of the program which can be downloaded free of charge from the JFRemover web site. The app can be used with all versions of Windows and at under 1MB it will be download in mere moments.
There’s no need to run through an installation as this is a portable app that can be run straight away. When you launch JFRemover, click the I Agree button to continue and you’ll be presented with a blank program window ready for you to configure the options you’d like to use.
While there’s nothing to stop you from jumping right in and scanning for files that you might want to remove, it’s always a good idea to investigate program options – particularly when you’re using a program that can delete files from your hard drive!
Click the Options button to the lower left of the program window and you can start by configuring options for any web browsers you have installed. There are separate sections for all popular web browsers , and for each one you can tick the box next to any data you would like to be deleted by JFRemover. In most instances you’ll want to keep some data such as saved passwords, but you might want to protect your privacy by deleting cookies and your browsing history.
Moving to the Windows tab you can select which of Windows’ logs and records you would like to have wiped. There are various options here including fairly standard ones such as clearing out the Temp folders, deleting memory dump files and emptying the Recycle Bin.
There are also few less well known options such as removing installation files that have been downloaded and emptying the prefetch folder, but you’re free to choose whichever settings work for you.
The final tab is labelled Applications and this is where you can configure the program to tidy up after supported applications you have installed. Most of the setting here enable you to configure JFRemover to delete program histories, but in some instances there is also the option of removing log files, setup files and more.
When you’re happy with the settings you have chosen – and it’s worth spending a little while getting things correctly configured – click Save followed by Close.
Cleaning Up Your Drive
Back at the main program window, tick the Detailed Log button so that the program will provide you with more detailed feedback through the cleanup process. To check to see how much disk space you could claim back, tick the Analyze box to the lower right and then click the Clean button.
As you have the logging option enabled, you’ll be treated to detailed feedback about exactly what JFRemover is up to as it analyses your hard drive, but you will have to scroll to keep up with it. Depending on the size of your hard drive, the amount of data you have to sort through and the options you have selected, you might find that this process takes some time.
If you like to see a more succinct summary of what the program has found on your hard drive, untick the Detailed Log box and then run through the analysis for a second time – you’ll find that it complete far more quickly this time around.
When you’re happy to proceed, untick the Analyze box before clicking the Clean button one again. JFRemover will run through much the same process, but this time the files that match your selected options will be removed.
This is a valuable tool that could enable you to claim back hundreds of megabytes of data. But more than this, JFRemover provides you with one handy location from which you can deal with privacy issues. Being able to manage the history, log and other logs of several programs from one place is a great time saver. There are obvious comparisons to be made with CCleaner here, and I found that in tests JFRemover was actually able to remove more data.
Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below.