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    YAC or Yet Another Cleaner

    I did a search in here but got nothing, Anyone have any info on this program >>??
    A friend installed it , no idea how but I ripped it outbecasue I dont trust that kind of proggy but I wondered if any of you had input??
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    Windows Cleanmgr.exe has been sufficient for me. I've tested a few apps, but nothing really improves on Cleanmgr.exe. I have a current copy of CCleaner, and I run it on occasion for comparison. There are always ~450MB of Temporary Internet Files left, but I don't really want those deleted, anyway. They are for the sites I visit frequently, and deleting them won't really do much, because they'll just build right back up after a day or two of browsing the web.

    Here is a link for an extended disk cleanup using Cleanmgr.exe. I run it in Task Scheduler every night when I'm sleeping. As for registry cleaning, to me that's just snake oil. I never 'clean' the registry.
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    Yes generally speaking I dont even run CCleaner often, I clean house pretty well but I do support a number of family and friends uhm habits . Dont we all? But this program is off the radar as far as I'm concerned, thats why i asked.
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    Opinion seems divided:

    Yet Another Cleaner (Wikipedia)

    YAC is (yet another) Windows maintenance tool


    But I think it's scareware: How to remove the YAC virus


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    Bruce, Thanks for the links, I didn't see the ghacks one when I searched but yes, divided indeed. Scareware is an apt name for it. Ok its gone and I still wont put it back in but I wish my friend could remember what page she was on when this got installed.
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    Cleanmgr.exe, in various batch configurations, are also my main general
    use cleaner, as it tends to be less aggressive than other tools, like CCleaner or Privacy Mantra for daily usages.
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    I think it'd be wise if you advise your friend to run a malware scan with MalwareBytes AntiMalware, just to make sure that no more offending pieces of the program remain.
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    Trust me I have cleaned out her comp very well, its clean infection wise and sfc shows no alterations. ESET nod now installed so that won't happen again. I don't think its bad, benign scareware at best but no chances taken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Essjay View Post
    Yes generally speaking I dont even run CCleaner often...
    About one-third of computers I am asked to work on will have CCleaner installed, but I am not very impressed by it. It does not seem very effective deleting temp files, and I am not convinced that its registry cleaning capability is safe.

    About 2008 I discovered Cleanup! (http://www.stevengould.org/software/.../download.html), and have been using it ever since with no problems. I always install and run it on customers' computers, because it usually deletes between 20,000 and 80,000 temp files, which alone can have a very positive effect on performance (especially Internet).

    One customer had a laptop less than two year old with a 500GB HDD that was almost full (less than 50MB freespace). Installed Cleanup! and ran it; nothing seemed to happen for about 15 minutes and I was tempted to terminate it but having run it on hundreds of computers previously without any problems I decided to let it continue. I advised the customer (about 2:00PM) to leave Cleanup! running and that I would phone her that evening. When I phoned her about 6:00PM she said that Cleanup! had finished a few minutes earlier and had deleted more than 270,000 files, and that her HDD's freespace had increased to 247GB. This laptop's Win7 had some other issues, which I dealt with next day, and the customer has had no serious problems with it since (about 9 months).
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    I tried YAC/Yet Another Cleaner for a few days, removed it totally because I could not configure, could not deactivate, certain functions from running in the background. I was able to "num-num" it down some, however, finally got rid of it.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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