Type of Program: System Utility
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98
Authors Name: Michael Brick
Price: $22 U.S.
Installed Size: 1 MB
I've reviewed enough system cleaning programs, you'd think I'd get bored with them ... but I don't. "The Broom" is yet another software that clears your drives of unnecessary and temporary files, such as backups, 0-bytes, cache, cookies, etc.
I found the user interface messy and difficult to follow. I never felt quite sure that I understood what I was doing or where I was in the program.
Unfortunately, I found "The Broom" confusing. I'm not a computer genius --I'm very timid about erasing things from my drives if I'm not sure they are unnecessary. I compared the files "The Broom" found with my own personal choice in system cleaners, "System Mechanic", and found that "The Broom" came up with quite a few files it said were safe to delete that "System Mechanic" did not list. The difficulty I had in following the user interface added to my uncertainty and lack of confidence in the software's choice of files to delete.
The software does give you plenty of opportunities to change your mind on whether or not to delete files, so in that respect, all you have to say is "No" if you're not sure.
Maybe it would just take me a little longer to get used to "The Broom" and feel safe using it. It is shareware and you can try it for a time before deciding whether to purchase. It is relatively inexpensive, as system cleaners go. Give it a try and see what you think. (However, a caveat: Be absolutely certain before deleting anything from your system; you can cause yourself some MAJOR grief if you delete the wrong thing!)
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Reviewed by Angelene