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I have an application "MAC SCANANDSWEEP" is it ok to use?

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I have an application "MAC SCANANDSWEEP", is it ok to use?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    I just looked this thing up and read the initial description:

     

    Keeping your Mac running in top shape has never been easier. Mac Scan & Sweep is a simple to use application that does a system scan for log files, Internet cache and system cache. All these files are just taking up space on your computer and can slow your computer down. With one click of a button you can remove all the files found that could be keeping you from a faster more stable computer.

     

    So they are claiming caches slow your machine up and waste disk space!  That's opposite what a caches is intended for.  If it's corrupted then, yes, it's worth clearing. But not in general.

     

    If you really want to clean things up, which I think is a waste of your time, use something with more of a proven track record like OnyX.  That link is to the macupdate.com download page so you can see some other similar programs.  I never heard of ScanAndSweep before and it is not even listed in macupdate.  Personally I don't use any of these kind of programs.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)

    WOT indicates this is strongly to be avoided. The red circles indicate serious concerns with the trustworthiness of a site. This is a scam and malware site. Do not install it.

     

    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/ascentive.com

     

     

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  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)

    I'll take my chances with WOT any day over the crap you just posted. Do you have a vested interest of some kind in MacScan and Sweep? Several of the links you wanted me to visit came up with big warnings for scamware and spam, and looking at the WOT comments posted there, they appear to be justified. BTW, anyone can make comments (accurate, slanderous, mistaken or  transparently self-serving in order to falsely rescue the reputation of a site which should be avoided) on a WOT site rating, but they do not affect the rating score of the site, which is done, AFAIK, by people with some skill in evaluating site issues, not the commenters. Not to say, there aren't mistakes. That's why there are

     

    http://www.mywot.com/en/forum/3

     

    http://www.mywot.com/en/forum/5

     

    And there can be problems when a decent site/sub-domain inherits the bad reputation of its parent domain.

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)

    lesliefromeverett wrote:

     

    I have an application "MAC SCANANDSWEEP", is it ok to use?

    My advice is not to use it.

     

    However good or bad its reputation might be on the Windows side, this developer doesn't seem to have an established track record in Mac OS X software. This kind of software has the potential of doing the opposite of what it is supposed to do. Consequently, you want to use something by an experienced developer who understands well Mac OS X issues, and who's already made all the big mistakes (and learnt from them).

     

    I agree with X423424X that Mac Scan & Sweep developer's own description does not inspire confidence. If you ever need such a programme, use one with a proven track record. Let those who wish be the guinea pigs.

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