How to Create a History and Evidence Erase Button to Make CCleaner Run Quietly in the Background

Have you ever been sitting at your desk and had a moment where you wish you could push a button on your keyboard to completely clear out your browsing history?  Of course, you’d want this done in an inconspicuous manner.  CCleaner is a groovy tool that can do just that, but it might require a little bit of setup and know-how in order to make this happen the right way, and that’s where this groovy guide comes in.

In this guide, we’ll assume that you already have CCleaner installed on your PC.  CCleaner is a free system tuning utility made by Piriform if you don’t have it –you should go get it!  Few programs out there will give your PC the occasional (or daily) cleaning that it needs as CCleaner does.

The Recycle Bin method

By default, CCleaner should install and add a “Run CCleaner” context menu option to the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop.  If you opted out of this during installation, you can still add it in CCleaner at:

Options > Settings > Add “Run CCleaner” option to Recycle Bin context menu.

CCleaner run cleaner option recycle bin

With this enabled, just Right-Click the Recycle Bin and Select Run CCleaner.

run ccleaner from recycle bin silently

The Keyboard and Shortcut Icon Method

If the Recycle Bin isn’t your bag (some people even hide it from sight), or you just prefer to use a dedicated button/keyboard hotkey, we’ve got you covered with the instructions to do both below.

Step 1

First, make sure your settings are the way you want them.  Click the Cleaner tab in the program and check the items that you want CCleaner to delete duChrome and Firefox are listed under Applications.ring its wipe process.  Don’t forget, there is both a Windows and Applications list to choose from;

ccleaner settings

Step 2

Next, let’s make sure our settings are backed up.  Select Options > Advanced and Check the box labeled Save all settings to INI file.

CCleaner INI

Step 3

Now we need to create a new shortcut so that we can make our fancy History-erasing panic button.  There are a few different ways to do this, but I find this method the easiest:

Click the Start Menu Orb, Type CCleaner in the search box.  From the Programs list, Right-Click CCleaner then Select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).

Send to desktop create shortcut

Bam, shortcut is made and it is on the desktop. That was simple eh?

Step 4

Now that the shortcut is made, we need to modify it.  Right-click the shortcut and select Properties.

CCleaner properties

Step 5

The properties window should automatically load to the Shortcut tab.  Now we need to adjust the Target.  All you have to do, is go to the very end of the text in the Target box and add /AUTO to it.*

For example, mine now says:

“C:Program FilesCCleanerCCleaner64.exe” /AUTO

*The /AUTO switch makes CCleaner run silently.

CCleaner /AUTO switch

Step 6

Lastly, add a hotkey-shortcut.  Click the Shortcut key box and then Press a combination of keys that you’d like to make the program run automatically.  In the example below i used Ctrl + Shift + Alt + P (P for panic).

CCleaner Shortcut Key


Now you have a CCleaner panic clean-up button on your desktop, and on your keyboard!  If you don’t want the shortcut to show up on the desktop you can mark it as a hidden file or create it in the Start Menu instead.  One thing to note is that if you have the UAC enabled, you’ll see a prompt whenever clearing you press the button.



  1. Beyond_Life

    April 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Oh nice. Im gonna get this done tonight.

  2. Ziggy

    April 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Simply Brilliant. Great idea! Didn’t create a QUICK LAUNCH command but just pinned the new auto shortcut to the taskbar. Works a treat…THANKS.

    • alexmvp

      April 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

      I always forget shorcut keys so even better. Thnx Zig

  3. voxpop

    April 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    your example showed 64 bit does it work with 32 bit????

    • groovedexter

      April 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      @voxpop, yup.

      • Ziggy

        April 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

        Yep, it does work with 32 bit. Use the shortcut idea, pin this to your taskbar, and you’re home and ready. If you want to access other features of Ccleaner using this shortcut just rightclick on the Ccleaner icon and you will see “Cleaner”, “Registry”, “Tools” and “Options”. Good luck…

        • voxpop

          April 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

          thanks much!

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