We decided to develop a new type of cleaning tool to give you the peace of mind that once your data is gone, it is gone for good. We believe that PrivaZer should be accessible to all to preserve freedom and security. That’s the reason why PrivaZer is a free PC cleaner.
Following my initial encounter with PrivaZer some 12 months ago, I was instantly impressed with the (then) relatively new cleaning and privacy freeware, and published an article describing PrivaZer here: PrivaZer: PC cleanup & privacy tool. If you are new to PrivaZer, I advise reading through that older article first.
Although my initial review of this powerful, secure cleaning tool was largely positive, I did include a couple of caveats due to the newness and unproven state of the software at that time. Now, almost 12 months to the day later, PrivaZer 2 has been released and I have been utilizing the software all throughout that time with absolutely zero problems or issues.
What’s new in PrivaZer 2
- You can view the official change-log on the PrivaZer download page here: http://privazer.com/download.php
The biggest change is a new dual interface option which distinguishes between “Basic” and “Advanced” users.
Distinctions between the two interfaces are not huge but subtle and relevant nonetheless. Advanced users are offered a far wider range of settings/options to play with than those available under the Basic interface:
The cleaning window also varies between Basic and Advanced, with a wider selection of areas to clean available under the Advanced option:
**Note the option in the bottom right hand corner to automatically create a System Restore Point prior to cleaning, this is a prudent and responsible inclusion which I strongly advise all users take advantage of. As an added precaution, those users who are going to utilize PrivaZer’s registry cleaning component should also enable the option to “Save Registry”.
PivaZer 2 commences as per previous versions, offering a series of questions with basic Yes or No answers and accompanied by a brief explanation and recommendation. Those initial choices are then saved to an ‘ini’ file and will be utilized for subsequent runs, unless the user chooses otherwise.
The next big change comes at the completion of the scanning process, now offering users 3 distinct options for cleaning; from thorough, more secure and slower through to not so thorough, less secure but much quicker:
It had been only about 6 weeks since I last cleaned my Windows 7 system when I put PrivaZer 2 through its paces, yet it still managed to free up a little over 2.8GB of additional space.
One of the most appealing aspects, for me anyway, is that PrivaZer can be run fully portable, offering three options upon launching the downloaded executable:
The “Install” and Portable” options will both save results from the initial ‘Q and A’ in an ini file for future reference. If you opt for the middle option, “Run PrivaZer without installation”, the software will perform all its chores as per normal but you’ll need to go through the initial ‘Q and A’ again each time of running.
PrivaZer is certainly powerful, thorough, and effective, but the all important question… is it safe? All I can say is; I’ve been using PrivaZer out of the box at default settings for more than 12 months now and never experienced any sort of issue. Plus, the PrivaZer software includes the requisite fail safes to help mitigate any risk, regardless of how minimal that risk might be.
There will always be a certain amount of debate over whether these types of cleaning tools are truly useful or not. Registry cleaning aside, the experiences I’ve had with my clientele lead me to believe that they are well and truly worthwhile. And, if we are going to utilize cleaning software, it may as well be one of the very best… which, in my opinion, PrivaZer definitely is. Highly recommended.
You can view additional useful information regarding PrivaZer and download direct from the developer here: http://privazer.com/