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DisCleaner on Windows 7
Developer(s) Microprogramming TECHNIQUES
Alexandru Groza
Initial release 24 June 2004; 10 years ago (2004-06-24)
Stable release[1] / 29 December 2012; 21 months ago (2012-12-29)
Operating system Windows 98 and later (Windows 7 recommended)
Platform IA-32 (x86)
Available in International English (en-us)
Type Utility software
License Freeware (as of current version)
Website www.alexandrugroza.ro/mptec/software/DisCleaner/_download/index.html

DisCleaner, developed by Microprogramming TECHNIQUES, is a utility program designed from scratch to deal with unneeded files created by the operating system itself or by various applications that are running on a computer. It was designed to offer a generally secure operation and a great user experience by minimizing the things the user needs to do in order to clean a computer from these unneeded files. However, the engine is powerful but it does not differentiate between some intentionally created files and application remnants. For that purpose, the selection of actions that DisCleaner offers is divided into three categories: Safe, Secure, and Unsafe. The user still has the ability to control whether to clean certain files or not, from a list of files that DisCleaner arranges.[2]


DisCleaner is a portable application, which means it can be copied to any USB drive, CD-ROM media, magneto-optical (MO) disk, or standard old 1.44 MB diskette. It can also be run directly from a network location. No installation is required and its operation is totally independent of the Windows Registry. DisCleaner's footprint is under 1 Mb, no compression, and its execution is fast.[clarification needed] It does not depend on additional dynamic link library (DLL) files in order to run properly on the targeted operating systems.

DisCleaner is a free application (unlimited number of computers and unlimited number of users). However, DisCleaner is not open source and cannot be reproduced by third parties.

DisCleaner has the ability to clean:

  • Windows temporary directories
  • Windows Recycle Bin
  • Windows and application logs
  • Windows Prefetch Directory
  • Windows CHKDSK file fragments
  • Windows Thumbnail files
  • Windows Start Menu Recent Documents
  • Windows Start Menu Invalid Shortcuts
  • Windows Desktop Invalid Shortcuts
  • Internet Explorer temporary Cache
  • Internet Explorer cookies
  • Temporary files
  • Old backup files
  • Other unneeded files
  • Apple .DS_Store files
  • Apple Trash
  • Apple Spotlight Index
  • Empty subdirectories
  • Custom files
  • Custom directories

The possibility of uninstalling applications is also implemented.

System requirements[edit]

As per official documentation, DisCleaner requires:[3]

  • Operating system: Microsoft® Windows™ 98, 2000, NT, XP, Vista, or 7
  • Minimum processor: 486DX4/120 MHz or Pentium® class processor running at 100 MHz or higher
  • Recommended processor: Pentium® class processor running at 1.6 GHz
  • Memory: at least 64 Mo RAM
  • Minimum screen resolution: 800×600 pixels
  • Recommended screen resolution: 1024×768 pixels or higher
  • Video subsystem: at least 16 Mo RAM and 2D acceleration


Development is a totally one-man effort and started back in 2002 under a different name (StartMenu Cleanup Wizard), providing basic functionality to clean and sanitize the Start Menu. In time, the functionality expanded very much and the code was extended in order to support the new features of the Windows operating systems that appeared later. DisCleaner gathered its name in 2004, starting with version

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DisCleaner Download Page". DisCleaner Download Page. Microprogramming TECHNIQUES. 
  2. ^ "DisCleaner Help". DisCleaner Help (on-line). Microprogramming TECHNIQUES. 
  3. ^ "DisCleaner Help". DisCleaner Help (on-line) - System Requirements. Microprogramming TECHNIQUES.