Ainvo Disk Cleaner Portable
This is the portable counterpart of Ainvo Disk Cleaner, a simple-to-use piece of software designed to remove unnecessary files that clutter the system, in order to free up some space and maybe restore some stability to Windows.
It comes bundled with intuitive options that even less experienced users can toy with to carry out a task quickly and effortlessly.
Since there is no installation involved, you can drop the program files in any part of the hard disk and just click the executable to run.
Another possibility is to save Ainvo Disk Cleaner to a USB flash disk or similar storage unit, in order to run it on any machine directly, without previously installing anything.
More importantly, the app does not modify Windows registry settings or create extra files on the HDD, leaving no traces behind after its removal.
The interface is based on a wizard-like layout, where you can follow simple steps to clean the hard disk in no time. You can get started by selecting the partitions to scan, whether they are local, network or removable locations.
Scan results reveal the full path, size and type for each file selected for removal. It is possible to exclude familiar items from the cleaning job. Buttons for selecting and deselecting all files (along with inverting the selection) are available. Once the task is done, the program generates a report that you can view online.
Evaluation and conclusion
The program may take a while to complete a scanning job, depending on the size of the scanned drives. It has a good response time and worked well in our evaluation, without causing Windows to hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. On the other hand, it is not explicit concerning the types of files it looks for, let alone enable users to customize them before scanning. Nevertheless, it gets the job done with minimal user assistance.