10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2009 8:31 PM by Jon Swalby
markmc78 Level 1 (20 points)
Ok, I know Mac OS X doesn't have a "registry", but is there an app similar to Windows Registry cleaners that will do a cleanup and some housekeeping on my system? I've had my iMac since last July and use it frequently, and it's just starting to get a bit slower than it was when new.


iMac 20" (Early 2008), 2.4Ghz Intel, 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Apple wireless keyboard & mouse
  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,699 points)
    Hi markmc78;

    The closest thing I can think of is Cache Cleaner but as long as there are no problems with the data in cache, it actually make your Mac run faster. Cache should not be cleaned periodically but only when you have a problem with it.

    As far as the slow down goes how much free space do you have on your system drive?


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  • geoffco85 Level 3 (620 points)
    There are a few things you ca do to make your make faster:


    Also check how much free space you have.
  • Bruce Michel Level 1 (30 points)
    There are some cleanup routines that should run daily, weekly and monthly. Go to console.app. There should be logs for daily.out, etc. For example:

    Sat Feb 21 03:15:00 EST 2009

    Removing old log files:

    Removing old temporary files:

    Cleaning out old system announcements:

    Local system status:
    3:15 up 6 days, 4 mins, 4 users, load averages: 0.02 0.10 0.13

    Removing scratch and junk files:

    Removing scratch fax files

    Checking subsystem status:

    Filesystem 1024-blocks Used Available Capacity Mounted on
    /dev/disk0s2 312235312 146057132 165922180 47% /
    /dev/disk1s2 488050672 145538716 342511956 30% /Volumes/Time Machine Backup

    I set up my system to wake up for a while at 0310 so the daily operation is done at that time as well as a Time Machine backup (since TM likes to keep the earliest backup). I believe the daily job is set by default to run at 0315 so if your computer is off then it doesn't get run. I may be wrong on that. I figured the path of least resistance was to set up the wake up as noted.
  • iBrian Level 4 (1,425 points)
    DiskWarrior (alsoft.com) fixes and optimizes the files directories. running once every three-six months helps speed up the system. Many, like me, swear by it.
  • Russa Level 4 (1,315 points)
    There is a widely used program called Cocktail that you may use as Shareware or buy it for $29.95 (with more features).
  • geoffco85 Level 3 (620 points)
    Also this link will help with the whole sort of maintenance/care of your machine
  • Bruce Michel Level 1 (30 points)
    That link is a bit "fluffy". But, there was a link there that clarifies what I wrote earlier regarding clean-up jobs: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2319

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  • geoffco85 Level 3 (620 points)
    The link is just a general one and is not fluffy it is a link to help as is yours but you do not hear me saying anything about that. This is all about helping out some one who has a problem or quest tion not to say anything about previous posts
  • Bruce Michel Level 1 (30 points)
    I am sorry, no offense meant to you for trying to help. I referred to the content of Apple's page as it is extremely basic.
  • Jon Swalby Level 2 (150 points)
    MainMenu is a little freebie app not unlike Cocktail or most of the others. It sits in your menu bar, ready to be used when you want it.