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Michelle
09 Oct 2013

Your review made this sound like a really great program so I decided to try it on my old Windows XP laptop that only had 6 GB of space left and runs very slow. I had deleted and/or moved everything I could to get more space, used ASC 6, and it still would never go above 6 GB. However, after PrivaZer finished, I ended up with over 11 GB! So, yes, I'll be using this on all my computers from now on. It did take about two hours but it did warn that it could take that long the first time it is run so I was expecting a wait. Thanks again, Bob, for another great review!

Posted by:

Allan
09 Oct 2013

I used PrivaZer for the first time yesterday after reading Bob's article. The initial scan took over an hour, but really cleaned up the computer. The one option I did not opt for was deleting any traces of old operating systems on my machine. I upgraded from Vista to W7 Home Premium, and Vista files still exist on my hard drive. PrivaZer says it can get rid of these old files, but months ago, when I asked a tech person at work about deleting Vista files, he said to keep them on, as long as these old files were not messing with W7. He said deleting Vista files might cause problems with W7, since I upgraded from one version to another. Just wondering if I was given wrong information, or was this person right in telling me to leave things as they are.

Posted by:

Jeff
09 Oct 2013

I ran it yesterday on my windows vista pc and this morning it told me I had 23 windows updates to run and it seems to be hung up on these updates for hours.

Posted by:

Bob K
09 Oct 2013

Hi Bob,

Thank you for your invaluable service to the PC community! PrivaZer is just another example of a great software that I would have not have known about without you being there.

Posted by:

Bob D
10 Oct 2013

To david, 9 Oct
Re: "i have 689mb left on drive c,ive tried many cleaners so far,nothing is working"

Sounds as if you are legitimately using space on your disk. Do you save large files, e.g. photos, videos, or audio?

Posted by:

James
10 Oct 2013

Thanks Bob for commenting on the registry issue. You do bring up a good point. Please comment on the results of your offline discussions with Michael on this topic. I'm surprised to hear it does not have a way to opt out of registry deletions. I'm dying to try this program but will wait to see your results. Great recommendation as usual! Keep up the good work and keep us informed and out of trouble.

Posted by:

Michael Corwin
10 Oct 2013

Hi Bob and everyone. In reference to James' concern in deleting registry entries without user interaction...Bob was right, there has been no adverse reaction by my system in the deletions. HOWEVER!!! I am still uncomfortable with not having complete control over what PrivaZer deletes. With Bob's overwhelming support, he contacted support at PrivaZer and to paraphrase, in a nutshell, what they said in return...'They are aware of the issue and hope to've fixed it in the next (or within a month) update to PrivaZer'. Many thanks Bob, you're awesome! And to James, I hope you continue to use it. It is a great cleaner. And, NO!!! I am NOT a paid spokeperson!!! lol!

Posted by:

Robert
10 Oct 2013

I used PrivaZer for the first time yesterday. It took 9 1/2 hours, but well worth it. It freed up 11gb of space and freed up 2gb of RAM, plus all kinds of other goodies. It makes other utilities I have used look like total junk. Thanks for the article.

Posted by:

Alexander (Sandy) Jankowski
10 Oct 2013

Something does not compute. I ran PrivaZer on my C: drive. The amount of free space SHRANK! It fell from 78.4 to 75.6 gigs. An explanation, or even a theory, would be welcome.

Posted by:

RandiO
10 Oct 2013

PrivaZer is truly a great FREE offering for deep WinOS machine clean-up. I am really surprised that the company has no tip-jar (for donations).
I just hope that this company does not turn the product to one of those FREEware that sooner or later decides to go the route of many others (such as Cr*pCleaner) that ended up cashing in on the popularity of itself.
But no one can blame them, if they do go for the $$.
It may be worth downloading and keeping the actual program, in case they do!

Posted by:

Steve Harrison
10 Oct 2013

Used PrivaZer yesterday on my windows 8 machine, (upgraded from 7),I never thought there could be so much **** on it as it is

Posted by:

MmeMoxie
10 Oct 2013

Oh, contraire ~~~ CCleaner is still FREE and does a bang up job, of cleaning a PC. Yes, the FREE version of CCleaner, may have some limitations, compared to the paid version. What I have found with the differences between the FREE and paid versions of CCleaner ... Is, that scheduling is much better in the paid version and CCleaner can "clean" up all the Temporary Files of each Internet visit, automatically, if, you set it up that way.

Bottom line about CCleaner ... Both versions clean up temporary files and other stuff, extremely well. Mainly, the paid version will do things automatically, while the FREE version, you must do things manually.

In all honesty, since, I have used many FREE programs, for years ... The main differences between the FREE and Paid versions, has be the ability to "automate" what the program does or the FREE version is simply a previous version, of the Paid version.

Posted by:

IanG
10 Oct 2013

Thanks for this, Bob. I just used it on my C Drive and it took 2 1/2 hours, with one freeze-up. What amazed me was that after it finished, it had given me back an extra 47 GB of free space! I couldn't believe it - but it's true.

What I would like to know is whether or not this scan and subsequent clean does away with the necessity of doing a(n occasional) defrag?

Posted by:

EleanorL
11 Oct 2013

Bob, I ran the Privazer program and the first time it ran fine, however took 13+ hours. But, the second time I ran it, all my Inbox emails were no longer in my Inbox. However, I found a file called "Recovered Messages" where all my previously active Inbox messages are now stored. So, I now have two Inboxes, one active, and one inactive under "Recovered Messages". As I am not an IT professional, I have no idea how to consolidate these two Inboxes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by:

Joseph
11 Oct 2013

So PrivaZer sounded too goos to be true. The 2006 machine which serves two of my essential programs to our two active stations was running out of C: space with no help in sight because free Crashplan insists on backing up my station to C: (this will solve itself in a couple of weeks when I move CP elsewhere). It has served me faithfully for years and I wasn't about to junk it just yet. So I ran PZ and it rapidly showed me it had saved 1.1 Gb. But when it finished I actually had a total of 300 Mb!! I had started with 900 Mb. So I ran MS cleanup and it jammed. Reran, jammed again. Unchecked one of the boxes, ran it a third time and now I have over 4 Gb. I hope it will keep it now. Another issue is that when I closed PZ I had NO DESKTOP because PZ seems to think MS Explorer is unnecessary. Duh? Maybe Bob can run a computer without MS Explorer but that would be beyond li'l ol' me, even with 28 years of computing under my belt. A reboot solved that.

Posted by:

Jim
12 Oct 2013

Thanks Bob. PrivaZer sounds great. I would like to put it and some other standalone utilities on a flash drive. Can you recommend a launcher program I can also install on the flash drive so I can run my utilities from one drive instead of a different flash drive for each program? Thanks.

Posted by:

MmeMoxie
13 Oct 2013

Bob ... Been trying PrivZer. I am still, not sure, if, this program would 'benefit' me. I haven't gotten through a 'complete' first time scan, as my PC keeps 'shutting down & going into Sleep mode'. This particular PC is an 'off lease' Dell Desktop Tower, which I got for an excellent price, with a 6 month warranty. It works beautifully, but, since it keeps going to 'sleep', the first full scan hasn't completed itself, yet.

One thing, I did notice was that PrivaZer, completely wiped out all of my cookies, even the ones that I like to keep, for convenience sake. I was impressed with that aspect, but, irritated. Finally, got 'nosing' around on PrivaZer's settings and found where I could manually 'keep' the cookies I wanted. Boy, that made me feel much better, about Privazer. I prefer that my programs, give me complete 'control', not that they take complete 'control'. Yes, I am using the Advanced User Settings. I think, I qualify to use this portion, after my years of geeking. :)

I can only say, this reminds me of when I first started using Window Washer for IE, by Webroot, over 10 years ago. I had a large learning curve, before I got Window Washer to work, my way. :)

Again, thank you for the 'heads up' on this product. I can't wait, until my 'learning curve' is over, so that PrivaZer does what I want it to.

Posted by:

Rick
19 Oct 2013

I want to install Privazer. How can I verify this program does not contain spy software like key logging or other means of spying and reporting on the contents of my hard drive

Posted by:

hndygmc
22 Oct 2013

Used PrivaZer on several PC's with very good results, until last night when I installed and ran it on by daughters PC. The program ran without fault but when I booted the system there was NO USB support once you got into Windows (XP PRO SP3). No mouse or keyboard.
Wound up reverting to another drive on the PC which also had XP and was able to boot from there after trying several methods to correct the problem.. Problem still exists and will have to address, but no time now.
My have been a coincidence but then....

Posted by:

Linda
25 Oct 2013

Hi Bob I downloaded PrivaZer and ran it with no problems.It took about 2 hours and was worth the wait! It gave me 2 GBs more and I was really impressed.Thank you for turning me on to this great program.I love your emails and appreciate all your hard work and great advice!

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