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1-abc.net Hard Drive Washer 7 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — 1-abc.net Hard Drive Washer 7

Delete unnecessary temporary files from your computer with 1-abc.net Hard Drive Washer.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 644 25 comments

1-abc.net Hard Drive Washer 7 was available as a giveaway on December 13, 2013!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$24.50 / month
free today
Recover various data from computer and flash media drive/card.

Hard Drive Washer offers users a chance to detect and delete temporary files and aims to speed up your system. The options menu allows users to focus their attention to specific drives or file types they wish to have removed from the computer.

In addition, there is a scheduling option available, which lets users regularly run Hard Drive Washer without their command and possibility to scan each drive including hard drives, floppy disks, camera cards and USB-sticks for unnecessary files.

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System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8; CPU 300 MHz; RAM 32MB; disk space 10MB





File Size:

9.62 MB



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Thanks Giovanni for the Privazer recommendation. It was awesome. I thought like most CCleaner was really good. Diskmax also does an excellent job of mundane files. After running Privazer which took over an hour it cleaned up about one and a half GB of junk that CCleaner never touched. I was afraid to restart my PC. lol I do of course have backups in place. Just in case I ventured too far.

Reply   |   Comment by Maureen  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#13 XP-Man
Watch out for that Context Menu Editor as Mcafee was very very alarmed.
PS My VB6 created apps are usually portable, and always use an INI file in the app's folder. I refuse to use the Registry.
PPS I too am an XP man

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

ha ha.
This is just fine.

Other software cleaning a lot does not mean the are "better".

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Yes I think Giovanni talks to much and does a lot of copy and pasting from other sites how does it take someone just a few minutes to collect all the info and paste it I say my 2 cents worth he trying to make a name for himself in the dog house not a Fan of Giovanni

But I been using PrivaZer since it came out and its a better software then CCleaner any day of the week.

Thanks for all the hard work you put into this Appreciate GAOTD

And ty for 1-abc.net Hard Drive Washer 7 for the free download of the day

Reply   |   Comment by BullDog  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I run Ccleaner plus CCenhancer daily and Privazer about every two to four weeks.

There's no doubt that PrivaZer is frighteningly through, but you need to have a backup before running it the first time (at least), and it's a bit slow for daily use, in my opinion. Also, look carefully at all its options before you let it loose.

Reply   |   Comment by Godel  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Use the built in extended disc clean up. Just build a shortcut with the following. Works on XP and windows 7 that i know of, may work on other versions as well. you can select what to get rid of upon running

%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

Copy and paste the above into a new shortcut

Reply   |   Comment by Rex  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#5 Giovanni.
Portable, free up disk space??
From my programming experience the program file increased by a third in size when I write a portable and protected from copying program.
The reason is simple, single line in the registry from normal program install compared with extra code within the program and external files when portable.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ccleaner (or various other free programmes like Glary Utilites) might perhaps not remove as much stuff. Maybe because they're a bit more careful not to break anything.
But, for the most part Windows doesn't really need much heavy handed cleaning ( even if we all do it)and Ccleaner etc are free products.
GAOTDs are paid products that are offered free for the day, and need to be seen and evaluated as such.
So is this worth the cost to get the extra, possibly dubious, benefit of cleaning stuff out that isn't actually doing any harm?

Reply   |   Comment by TerryB  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

#14 Software Babe and anyone else thinking of trying Giovanni's PrivaZer recommendation - DON'T

If you do, then make sure you have a backup.

It totally screwed my computer. Thanks Giovanni(king of cut & paste and bad advice)!

Reply   |   Comment by BrianS  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

It reminds me of the first time I tried washin' my hard drive. Seems some of the soap clogged the drive mechanism and it dinna work ennamore.

Thus, I canna recommend using this download, lads.

Reply   |   Comment by Fishly Klumspatz  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I went to their website and still do not know if this cleans the computer or just the current user account. That is the BIG limitation of the free version of CCleaner. Computers with 4 user accounts must login and run CCleaner for each account for it to fulfill its claims.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Having had experience of this particular developer's wares before -- both courtesy GAOTD and other sites -- I find myself wondering anew at two things:

1) Why has it invented a name that it seems to think will come top in Yellow Pages? Daft enough calling yourself '1' so as to top the number list, but then coupling it to 'abc' to top an alphabetical index is so ludicrous as to hurt the developer's credibility before its software is even sampled; and:

2) Why is it even bothering to produce high-priced software as utterly inadequate as this 'Hard Drive Washer'??

I ran a previous version which it offered via GAOTD some time in late 2012, can't remember exactly when, and it did nothing that CCleaner could do for free. It didn't, however, harm my system in any way, so I was grateful to the developer for not trying to be too aggressive. After a couple of runs, it was uninstalled.

From what I can see of this latest version, there's nothing radically new and thus, still nothing at all to commend it. And time has indeed moved on: PrivaZer, referred to by others here, is resoundingly good, a well-nigh constantly updated must-have for all computer users and one that remains, even after almost a year, amongst best-in-class freeware.

If today's developer has ever bothered to come on here and read the comments it should know by now that people do tend to try to be constructive rather than destructive, so in this instance could it note that its chosen brand name continues to do it no favours -- and that products like today's aren't even worth downloading because that $20 re-install cost is, frankly, laughable.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Giovanni and CJ: ESPECIALLY CJ: I did not know this about Privazer. I will not give up my freedom for security, so THANK YOU for telling me this. I will switch from cCleaner to Privazer!

AWESOME COMMENTS TODAY in that they are full of facts instead of adjectives.

Reply   |   Comment by Software Babe  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

#9 CompNetTeach.
Your information regarding redundant items in the context menu was most informative, unfortunately, I have been suffering from the sluggish behaviour of Explorer.
For anyone in a similar position a useful and free program that will allow you to edit it is available, it gives information on the components in the context menu.
It is available at the following link:-
Far too many sloppy developers who dump stuff in the registry, yesterday's download was just the opposite and used an INI file which can be used whether a program is portable or not, the registry is bad enough without adding garbage.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

HUGH thanks Giovanni and I fully agree with CJ and beergas comments.
I ran CCleaner first on Win7X64 SSD - run-time about 25sec - cleaned just over 500Mg.
Ran PrivaZer - run-time 45min and it still found another 500mgs that CCleaner missed. As PrivaZer notes, 1st time may take 1-2hrs after which it will be much faster. So I ran PrivaZer again - run-time was approximately 5 minutes and it still picked up a few left-overs.
Finished with a system backup using AOMEI Backupper, another fantastic program suggested by Giovanni which as already saved my bacon once. Thank Giovanni and GAOTD keep up the great work.

Reply   |   Comment by gerrymar  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

HEY GIOVANNI-- I went to get that privazer product and this is what I get when i click the exe.

privazer_free is not a valid Win32 application

Now what? It's the only d/l link they have.
Thanks for all your advice. Happy Holidays

Reply   |   Comment by Skinni  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thanks Giovanni & CJ for pointing to PRIVAZER. Slick, easy, various levels to set that will impact time involved for scan - especially initial run that is longest one. Portable & full install. Used on Windows 8.1 x64 Pro and really clear what selections you can choose. Much prefer over CCleaner that has tendency to mess up 8.1 to point I just stopped running it. Needed something so registry doesn't get too bloated. Revo Uninstall has helped hold down a lot of leftovers. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Unfortunately, I don't recommend anything from 1-abc.net. The reason being that their install & registration locking process tends to throw a lot of junk into the registry, amongst other issues. Their uninstall process does not remove these registry entries. The big problem is that some of their apps which have context menu additions (right-click menu) don't get removed, resulting in Windows Explorer crashing (hanging, or searching for a long time & restarting - slow performance). The same thing occurs with Kingsoft Office and offerings from other sloppy developers.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

I'm not a cheerleader for Giovanni, since he doesn't thoroughly investigate the software he recommends. Today, however, I agree with his statements about PRIVAZER, which I also use.

In order to access your account, some banks add something to your registry so that your computer will be "recognized" on your next visit. PRIVAZER erases that also, so that you have to jump through security hoops each time you visit your online bank.

Reply   |   Comment by CJ Cotter  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

A software of this type should be portable. Otherwise it brings new junk with it.

And please keep in mind when a software is finding more faults in the registry than e.g. CCleaner portable (+ CCEnhancer) how will you know whether your system will remain stable some time afterwards. Not the cleaner which finds most is best but the one which keeps your system stable in spite of its cleaning process.

And sometimes logfiles contain information in case your system catches "a cold".

And it's a good time for backing up your system before trying an unknown cleaner.

For accelerating your system don't forget defragmenting if it's not automatic (as with later Windows) and it's switched on.

For more acceleration look up your autostart programs - I once collected over 300 of them and quite a lot of them I could block without problems with Anvir Pro from some GOTD or cover DVD - there is a free version, too, with less information about single autostarts - you have to search yourself. And there is good old and permanently updated free Autoruns from Microsoft/Sysinternals. All of them can discriminate between Windows, MS programs and others. Never block true Windows and MS ones. Only do block "others" if you know what you are doing. But I'm sure e.g. that not every updater needs autostart resources and especially not if it belogs to a giveaway! And if you know there won't be any updates avaible e.g. for XP and older printer's drivers or from some vanished company please block autostart in any case.

Sometimes there are autostart programs you just blocked and after a restart they are back again. I wouldn't trust the corresponding software very much!

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

The developer of this GAOTD probably lives in another word....LOL!

http://www.privazer.com (==> SuperCool FREE & Portable cleaning app)
http://www.disk-cleaner.net (just pay attention while installing it)

Ashraf always recommend CCleaner as best FREE alternative to free up your HD from junk.

Just for once I totally disagree with him: in fact, during my tests, PRIVAZER has literally destroyed the overrated CCleaner by removing about 2 GB of junkware and cleaning tons of registry errors/objects missed by CCleaner (and it was also able to recover about 1GB of RAM thanks to its special function not available in CCleaner).

That being said, another smarter way to free up Disk Space, besides using PORTABLE APPS instead of ordinary installers (by the way, do you know that with the right tools it's possible to turn almost any app into a PORTABLE one without being a programmer?), is to create a TEMPORARY FOLDER so as to store there all those kind of files & folders you need just for a short period of time.


However if you use this magic FREE tool, you can even solve the temporary files clutter issue to the root of the problem without any hassle:


HINT to the DEVELOPER: How about give tools like this for FREE and focus your attention on different kind of apps?? ^_^

My 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000001 cent....

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (Am I living in another world? ^-^)  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+147)

@29 yesterday:(and @ everyone curious about "is Wine an emulator or not") Actually it is and it is not.... the name ORIGINALLY stood for WINdows Emulator. they changed it to Wine Is Not an Emulator to differentiate from other emulators which was proposed for change at Aug 27 1993, the project started in june of that year. following is taken from the WineHQ faq (the official Wine FAQ,)

1.3. Is Wine an emulator? There seems to be disagreement.

There is a lot of confusion about this, particularly caused by people getting Wine's name wrong and calling it WINdows Emulator.

When users think of an emulator, they tend to think of things like game console emulators or virtualization software. However, Wine is a compatibility layer - it runs Windows applications in much the same way Windows does. There is no inherent loss of speed due to "emulation" when using Wine, nor is there a need to open Wine before running your application.

That said, Wine can be thought of as a Windows emulator in much the same way that Windows Vista can be thought of as a Windows XP emulator: both allow you to run the same applications by translating system calls in much the same way. Setting Wine to mimic Windows XP is not much different from setting Vista to launch an application in XP compatibility mode.

A few things make Wine more than just an emulator:

Sections of Wine can be used on Windows. Some virtual machines use Wine's OpenGL-based implementation of Direct3D on Windows rather than truly emulate 3D hardware.
Winelib can be used for porting Windows application source code to other operating systems that Wine supports to run on any processor, even processors that Windows itself does not support.
"Wine is not just an emulator" is more accurate. Thinking of Wine as just an emulator is really forgetting about the other things it is. Wine's "emulator" is really just a binary loader that allows Windows applications to interface with the Wine API replacement.

About todays offering. I have used this program in the past, it does what it says and does that decent enough to say that if you do not yet have a software application that can do this for you this would be the time to grab a free copy of this one. On the other hand I am sure our KOF (King Of Freebies) will come with a huge list of freeware apps that can do this (and more) as good or even better then this one (cCleaner comes to mind, the free version of ASC also)

I really hope that GOTD will have some real "holiday presents" for us the comming weeks but the past weeks where kind of...dull.... (few exceptions like yesterdays offer)

Reply   |   Comment by NoName  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)

Installed on a Win 8.1 64 Bit System without problems. Double checked eMail to register, okay, why not. Registered without problems.

I run first my standard cleaner : Ccleaner. Then a small cleaner, which I use often: DiskMax.

The Hard Driver washer found after a run about 5 times longer than Ccleaner:

- 12 .tmp files, some are in use and cannot be deleted. You can make an exception rule for these...
- 874 log files, all of them can really be deleted
- 2 really useless thumbs.db in directory without images
- 19 files with extensions .old, .chk, .err, and File_id.diz

Because I use the .old for "older" files, I did not delete these, and unchecked this extension for future search.

The interface of the files to be deleted is clear and you select whatever. liked this program and it will stay on my computer.


Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+56)

Appreciate GAOTD as always but just the very name of this software is enough to scare me off irrespective of the huge amount of freeware available. Somehow "washing my hard drive" doesn't quite appeal.

Reply   |   Comment by mr G  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

*Erases temp/junk files
*You can add your own file extensions to erase
*Has an exceptions list which tells 1-abc.net Hard Drive Washer to never delete specific folders and files

*A $19.99 program that only deletes temp/junk files and has no other features?! Today isn't April Fool's, is it? (Yes, I know this is a free giveaway today -- my point still stands.)

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Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+95)
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