9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2010 6:10 PM by FreebirdJohnson
kitjv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Has anyone tried the Clean My Mac utility (by MacPaw)? If so, what are your thoughts?

Thank you.

Macbook Pro 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,760 points)
    I wouldn't spend money on something you can do freely. Try Onyx - VersionTracker or MacUpdate. For more information on general system maintenance see the following:

    Kappy's Personal Suggestions for OS X Maintenance

    For disk repairs use Disk Utility. For situations DU cannot handle the best third-party utilities are: Disk Warrior; DW only fixes problems with the disk directory, but most disk problems are caused by directory corruption; Disk Warrior 4.x is now Intel Mac compatible. TechTool Pro provides additional repair options including file repair and recovery, system diagnostics, and disk defragmentation. TechTool Pro 4.5.1 or higher are Intel Mac compatible; Drive Genius is similar to TechTool Pro in terms of the various repair services provided. Versions 1.5.1 or later are Intel Mac compatible.

    OS X performs certain maintenance functions that are scheduled to occur on a daily, weekly, or monthly period. The maintenance scripts run in the early AM only if the computer is turned on 24/7 (no sleep.) If this isn't the case, then an excellent solution is to download and install a shareware utility such as Macaroni, JAW PseudoAnacron, or Anacron that will automate the maintenance activity regardless of whether the computer is turned off or asleep. Dependence upon third-party utilities to run the periodic maintenance scripts had been significantly reduced in Tiger and Leopard. These utilities have limited or no functionality with Snow Leopard and should not be installed.

    OS X automatically defrags files less than 20 MBs in size, so unless you have a disk full of very large files there's little need for defragmenting the hard drive. As for virus protection there are few if any such animals affecting OS X. You can protect the computer easily using the freeware Open Source virus protection software ClamXAV. Personally I would avoid most commercial anti-virus software because of their potential for causing problems.

    I would also recommend downloading the shareware utility TinkerTool System that you can use for periodic maintenance such as removing old logfiles and archives, clearing caches, etc. Other utilities are also available such as Onyx, Leopard Cache Cleaner, CockTail, and Xupport, for example.

    For emergency repairs install the freeware utility Applejack (not compatible with Snow Leopard.) If you cannot start up in OS X, you may be able to start in single-user mode from which you can run Applejack to do a whole set of repair and maintenance routines from the commandline. Note that AppleJack 1.5 is required for Leopard. AppleJack is not compatible with Snow Leopard.

    When you install any new system software or updates be sure to repair the hard drive and permissions beforehand. I also recommend booting into safe mode before doing system software updates.

    Get an external Firewire drive at least equal in size to the internal hard drive and make (and maintain) a bootable clone/backup. You can make a bootable clone using the Restore option of Disk Utility. You can also make and maintain clones with good backup software. My personal recommendations are (order is not significant):

    1. Retrospect Desktop (Commercial - not yet universal binary)
    2. Synchronize! Pro X (Commercial)
    3. Synk (Backup, Standard, or Pro)
    4. Deja Vu (Shareware)
    5. Carbon Copy Cloner (Donationware)
    6. SuperDuper! (Commercial)
    7. Intego Personal Backup (Commercial)
    8. Data Backup (Commercial)
    9. SilverKeeper 2.0 (Freeware)
    10. MimMac (Commercial)
    11. Tri-Backup (Commercial)

    Visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQs on maintenance, optimization, virus protection, and backup and restore.

    Additional suggestions will be found in Mac Maintenance Quick Assist.

    Referenced software can be found at www.versiontracker.com and www.macupdate.com.
  • 2. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    xRAVExHEAVENx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I second the recommendation of using Onyx. It is definitely an excellent applicatiion.
  • 3. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    kitjv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, Kappy, for the reply. I concur on all of your points.

    One related question: Is there an easy way to delete the various non-English language files that are obviously useless to me?

    Thanks again.
  • 4. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,760 points)
    Yes, that's possible although I don't recommend it. Some applications will not update if language files have been stripped. But if that's your desire then the tool is MonoLingual - VersionTracker or MacUpdate.
  • 5. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    kitjv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Seems like a big price to pay for a bit of hard drive cleaning. Thank you.
  • 6. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    Gerald Gilardi Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    Where is the information that some applications will not update after using Monolingual? I have used Monolingual since May 16 2003 after each OS or app iteration on iMac 2.66, MacBook 2.4 and older Macs without any problem. This is the fist app I run after installing an update, before running Repair Disk Permissions, DiskWarrior or any other program. Other Monolingual users I know have never reported any problems to me.
  • 7. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    Sofiux Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    CleanMyMac is easier (and faster) to use than doing the cleaning manually, or using other tools that are much more complicated.
  • 8. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)
    Where is the information that some applications will not update after using Monolingual? I have used Monolingual since May 16 2003 after each OS or app iteration on iMac 2.66, MacBook 2.4 and older Macs without any problem. This is the fist app I run after installing an update, before running Repair Disk Permissions, DiskWarrior or any other program. Other Monolingual users I know have never reported any problems to me.


    Search Google or these forums, the reports are all over the place. Monolingual is known to interfere with the updating of Microsoft or Adobe applications. It is also known to be dangerous if the documentation isn't read and the user plays with the settings without really understanding them. Worst thing is, it's not always Monolingual that gets the blame... there was a thread here recently where someone was swearing that Snow Leopard had removed all PPC code from all apps on his machine, including third-party ones, damaging some of them. I asked if he had run Monolingual and let it remove PPC code... he said something like "oh... yeah."

    If you use Monolingual, you'd better do your research and know exactly what it does and check its compatibility with all your applications.
  • 9. Re: Clean My Mac: Is It Worth It?
    FreebirdJohnson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Be careful. Downloaded it and my computer would not boot up since. Had to wipe the hard drive.