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  • MacKeeper28 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    CleanMyMac 2.  I have cleaned 91.76GB from my Mac, and I just got it last Christmas.  CleanMyMac has a friendly interface and functions for cleaning User Cache files, System Cache files, User Log files, System Log files, Broken Preferences, Broken Login Items, iOS Software Updates, iOS Photo Caches, Universal Binaries, Development Junk, and Language Files.  It also shows you Large and Old Files, de-duplicates your iPhoto library, cleans your Trash (on all drives), and uninstalls any non-CoreService .app file on your Mac.  You can get CleanMyMac 2 at http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac.

  • BradGilb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is it reasonable to attempt to remove caches and other unwanted things if you are trying to free up space or potentially speed up a computer that seems bogged down?

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (42,350 points)

    Hi BradGilb

     

    Please start a new Discussion.

     

    You are responding to a very old thread, and there is no assurance Linc Davis or anyone else will see your question and provide the answers you require. Your question deserves a thorough response, and a new question will solicit more interest. It's just the way this support site works.

     

    Thanks!

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)

    BradGilb wrote:

     

    Is it reasonable to attempt to remove caches and other unwanted things if you are trying to free up space or potentially speed up a computer that seems bogged down?

    John is correct, but I'll go ahead and share a few of my thoughts on this subject.

     

    Caches are quickly replaced, so removing them to save space will only give temporary relief. In addition, the whole reason for maintaining caches is to speed up your computing experience, both in terms of things like startup and login, as well as your Internet access to commonly used information.

     

    IMHO, the only reason to delete a cache is if you suspect it's somehow become corrupted. It's a troubleshooting technique and never something that should be done on some routine schedule.

  • PlotinusVeritas Level 6 Level 6 (14,720 points)

    any question  that contains the words    "software...............clean, improve, my Mac"

     

    99 times out of 100 leads down a rabbit hole towards some nasty things you dont want on your Mac.

     

    Cache cleaner?


    Having "cache cleaner" on you Mac is as useless flip flops at the North Pole

     

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (48,040 points)

    After my testing of CleanMyMac 2, I would not trust it on my Mac at all. I found it to do dangerous things and give me absolutely no warning that is was going to do it. Luckly I did all of my testing of it on a clone os my system so I had nothing to lost but if it would have been installed on my system I would have been totally unhappy with what it did to the system disk after I ran. To get a running system again, I was forced to reformat the partition and clone another copy of my system to it again becuase CleanMyMac 2 had left it in such bad shape the partition was unrecoverable.

     

    I strongly recomment that CleanMyMac 2 be avoided.

     

    Allan

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (42,350 points)

    Allan, I suspect MacKeeper28 may be one of these.

     

     

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (48,040 points)

    Yes, true. Of course with a user name like MacKeeper28 that sort of tell the whole story right there.

     

    Nothin like printing the directions on the heel of the boot, is there?

     

    Allan

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (42,350 points)

    But where have the other 27 gone?

     

     

  • SubSpace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @Linc Davis

     

    Now That Sir Is maybe one of the Best & to the point & very Clear

    Lesson in how to look after a Mac I've Read in a long time.

    Even though this Thread was some time Back...

     

    People should Should Read....In Fact Personally I Think that should be a Sticky!!!!

     

    Nice!!

  • Lizzy-Rose Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was an idiot and tried to install a game online and something went wrong along the way and now my Mac is really slow and I keep getting pop-ups every time I click on something, and when I go on YouTube I have little ad bars that talk over the video I'm watching. I really need to know a software that can clean out all the junk and malware I've brought upon myself or how much it would cost to have an Apple Employee clean it for me.

    That would be helpful, thank you.

  • MadMacs0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,660 points)

    It's always best to start a new discussion item when you have a problem that hasn't already been covered. This one is two years old and I'd have to guess that few, if any others are monitoring this. You'll always get better, faster support by doing this. It's just the way the forum works best.

     

    That being said.

    Lizzy-Rose wrote:

     

    I was an idiot and tried to install a game online and something went wrong along the way and now my Mac is really slow and I keep getting pop-ups every time I click on something, and when I go on YouTube I have little ad bars that talk over the video I'm watching.

    I don't really think your problem is even covered by this subject as it sounds like you are one of many users to have recently accidentally installed adware. To see how that happened see John Galt's How to install adware.

     

    The best way to get rid of most all currently known adware is to use thomas_r.'s Adware Removal Tool from TheSafeMac.

     

    If that doesn't take care of your problem, start a new topic describing in detail what you are seeing and have already tried, and perhaps accompany it with an EtreCheck report so we can see what you have installed where.

  • Sonicray Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)

    Just to add to the others...

     

    I like to use Onyx

     

    http://www.titanium.free.fr/downloadonyx.php

     

    It is a little bit raw but it is free and has lots of tool options...

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (48,040 points)

    Onyx is so powerful that you really must know your system extremely well before you use it.

     

    It is not for the newcomer.

     

    Backup first before use it.

  • johnfromwestnyack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am puzzled about the two conflicting and opposing answers from two level 10 correspondents to the question about cleaning the mac: Kappy and Linc Davis, both on 8/8/2012. It is now two years later and I still cannot figure out how to clean my Mac Pro and my wife's Mac Air. We both are in version 10.9.5

     

    My Mac Pro is slower than me in a 1/000/000 mile marathon. I am constantly visited by the rainbow ball of death. I use Dropbox and I also keep that file on my hard drive. My wife has the same Dropbox  folder. Her computer runs like a rocket. The only difference is a) I loaded and then deleted several website development and other related programs and she did not, 2) the social media website we are developing has been done mainly on my computer, and 3) I have more mail.

     

    If we both have more or less the same material on our hard drive. Why does my Mac Pro run so much slower than her Mac air?

     

    How have others figured this out?