Excluding files, folders, and Registry entries

You can choose specific files, folders, and Registry entries to be included or excluded from Cleaner operations.

Note: If you add an exclusion, that file or Registry entry will never be cleaned, regardless of the selections you make on the Cleaner screen.

To exclude files or folders from the Cleaner process:

  1. In CCleaner, click the Options icon at left.
  2. Click the Exclude button.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Work with the Exclude dialog box as follows:

CCleaner - Exclude Dialog BoxThe Exclude Dialog box in CCleaner

To Work with the Exclude Dialog Box

Field

Explanation

Exclude

To choose a drive or folder to exclude, select Drive or Folder, click Browse and then click the folder or drive.

To choose a file to exclude, select File, click Browse and then click the file. You can only add one file at a time.

File Types

This selection is only relevant when you have selected Drive or Folder.

By default, CCleaner will exclude all files in the selected drive or folder. You can choose to exclude only files of a certain type. To do so, click File Types: and type one or more file extensions. For example,

*.doc to exclude all .DOC files

*.exe;*.bat to exclude all .EXE and .BAT files

To exclude Registry Key from the Cleaner process:

  1. In CCleaner, click the Options icon at left.
  2. Click the Exclude button.
  3. Click Add Registry.
  4. Select the type of hive from the Registry drop-down box.
  5. Type the full path to the Registry key, and then click OK.

Notes:

  • To choose a Registry key to exclude, select Registry Key, click Browse, select the Registry hive, type the Registry key path, and then click OK.
  • You can also exclude a Registry item after you run a Registry scan.
  • If you exclude a folder, this does not automatically exclude files in any subfolders within that folder.

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