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BleachBit help us to free up space on our hard disk and delete files that compromise our privacy.

Even making a normal use of the computer, i.e.: read email, surf the Internet, access to social networks, etc. There are allways some files and data that consumes space in our computer, and in some cases store private information.

All Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, etc), saves some information normally used to improve the user experience. For example, stores information about the web sites we have visited, in order to have a history, where we can search web sites we visited some time ago. Also they store cookies by default, which are files that contain information like: preferences of the website, authentication, etc. These data in addition to take up space on hard disk, may also contain private information you want to delete.

BleachBit provides a number of options that allow us to clean our system and avoid storing unnecessary files. This software consists of a set of "cleaners" that are responsible for cleaning the data that stores a specific Software. It currently supports more than 95 "cleaners" by default. Some of the software supported by the cleaners are: Adobe Reader, aMule, Chromium, Filezilla, GIMP, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Google Toolbar, Java, OpenOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Opera, Paint, Safari, TeamViewer, Transmission, Vuze-Azureus, Winamp, Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, WinRAR, WinZip, WordPad and more.

The software is available for Windows and Linux and includes advanced options for cleaning each system. For example in Windows we can delete registry entries that stores recently used elements. On Linux we can clean the APT, delete languages that we don't use, clean the memory and the SWAP of the system among other options.

Windows users can use the winapp2.ini file (can be found on the software's official website), to add 1237 cleaners to the program, so we can clean data from a large number of programs.

Because BleachBit uses the CleanerML language for their cleaners, any user who knows this kind of language (is based on XML, so it is simple to learn), you can create your own "cleaner" and extend the functionality of the program.

We also have a command console, which it will be useful if we want to include the "cleaning" process in some of our scripts.

The software is free and does not include any type of adware, spyware, or similar. Its source code is available to be studied or modified.

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