How to stop CCleaner alerts on Windows 10

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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CCleaner is a great system optimization application that can save you a lot of hard drive space. You can erase Windows and third-party software junk files with CCleaner‘s cleaner tool.

CCleaner even provides alerts, or notifications, that tell you when the software can free up more than 500 megabytes of hard drive space.

Those alerts pop up just above the system tray and include a Click here to clean (or download) button.

CCleaner‘s system and active monitoring are both enabled by default. However, the alerts are hardly essential as you can always initiate a file scan manually.

Furthermore, the active and system monitoring also require some extra system resources. If you don’t need CCleaner‘s alerts, this is how you can stop them popping up.

How to disable CCleaner alerts

  1. Deselect CCleaner’s Monitoring Options
  2. Adjust the Monitoring Settings in CCleaner Pro
  3. Remove CCleaner’s Notifications With Windows Settings
  4. Close CCleaner’s Notification Area Icon

1. Deselect CCleaner’s Monitoring Options

The freeware CCleaner version has two monitoring settings that you can turn the pop up notifications off with.

  1. First, open the software‘s window and click Options to open further settings.CCleaner options
  2. Then click Monitoring to open the options shown directly below.CCleaner disable monitoring
  3. Now uncheck the Enable system monitoring check box.
  4. In addition, deselect the Enable Active Monitoring option to switch off program update notifications.disable active monitoring ccleaner
  5. A dialog box window will open requesting further confirmation to turn off active monitoring. Press the Yes button to further confirm you don’t need the notifications.




2. Adjust the Monitoring Settings in CCleaner Pro

CCleaner PRO includes extra system monitoring options and a browser monitoring setting, which are grayed out in the freeware version. PRO users can further configure the notifications with those settings.

For instance, you can enter a higher value in the If cleaning saves more than text box to reduce the number of alerts.

Alternatively, select Automatically clean on closing without notification from the then drop-down menu to remove the alerts but keep system monitoring on.

Enable browser monitoring is an extra option that can expand the software‘s notifications. PRO users might need to uncheck that check box if it’s selected.

However, you can also configure that setting by selecting Automatically clean on closing without notification from one of the browser drop-down menus. CCleaner will then automatically erase temporary browser files without any notifications.

3. Remove CCleaner’s Notifications With Windows Settings

Alternatively, you can also stop CCleaner, and other app, notifications by configuring Windows settings.

  1. To do that in Windows 10, press the Cortana button to open that app’s search box.
  2. Enter the keyword ‘notification’ in the search box.
  3. Select Notifications & actions settings to open the window in the snapshot directly below.notifications & actions windows 10
  4. Scroll to the Get notifications from apps and other senders option, and switch that setting off.


4. Close CCleaner’s Notification Area Icon

Alternatively, you could close CCleaner‘s notification area icon when you need to stop the software‘s alerts. Then you can keep the monitoring on and temporarily turn it off when required.

The CCleaner icon will be on the Windows 10 system tray unless you’ve switched the Always show all icons in the notification area option off.

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To temporarily stop CCleaner‘s alerts, right-click its notification area icon and select Exit. That will turn CCleaner‘s monitoring off until you restart the software.

If the Always show all icons option is off, click the small arrow to open the icons that would otherwise be on the system tray as shown directly below.

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So, there are a few ways that you can stop CCleaner‘s alerts. You can switch them off entirely, configure the alerts in the PRO version so that they pop up with less regularity or temporarily switch off CCleaner‘s monitoring via the notification area or Task Manager in Windows.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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