My father always told me that a clean car would run better. It may have looked better, but I don’t know if it ran better. As a teenager, I didn’t care. If I washed it, I got to drive it.
Does your Mac run better if it’s clean? No, not the clean-screen-with-Windex-clean (don’t do that). Does your Mac run better if you make sure it has been cleaned completely of digital impurities that impede performance?
Cleanliness Is Next To Mac-godliness
In short, the answer is yes. If your Mac remains clean of impeding files, it’ll run better. For the paranoid, there are ways to completely purify a Mac, erasing tracks and caches and logs and histories.
MacCleanse is an easy to use app that runs over four dozen different cleaning tasks.
Doesn’t your Mac do that sort of cleaning automatically?
Oh, if it were only true, Grasshopper. Alas, your Mac does run a few automated cache cleaning tasks every day, every week, every month. After that, you’re on your own.
As you use your Mac every day it stores bits and pieces of information. Cache files. Logs. Browser cookies. Histories. All these files take up space, and can leave a nasty trail of where you’ve been and what you’ve done.
MacCleanse cleans up after you. Here’s what it looks like.
The cleaning process is a bit more complex than it looks in MacCleanse. The list of what gets cleaned and removed is extensive.
For example, if you use more than one browser on your Mac you’ll have more than one cache file to remove. Ditto for apps like iChat or Transmission (or any torrent app).
Browsers collect cookies faster than politicians collect bribes (uh, contributions). Those cookies show anyone who’s looking what sites you’ve visited. Other Mac apps have logs which collect more information.
Cleaning Tips For The Paranoid Mac User
Check out this partial list of the over 50 items that get cleaned on your Mac.
Recent folders, documents and places. Recent apps, documents, folders, servers. All of your Mac’s system caches, all Crash Reporter logs, all user logs, all console logs, all firewall logs, all Mail logs. Wait! There’s more.
MacCleanse deletes specific app caches and logs, including torrent apps, databases, trash, temporary files, user caches, and then digs into all the browser goodies which get left behind. Most browsers store a little of everything unless you tell it otherwise. Browser by browser. Click by click. MacCleanse does it automatically for Safari, Camino, Firefox and other browsers.
Even instant messaging apps like AIM, Adium, and Skype get cleansed.
Cleaning your Mac means you don’t leave much of a trail behind that tells the world (or your spouse) where you’ve been and what you did while you were there. The app also gives information about each cleaning process.
For me, the single most important aspect of MacCleanse is that it also securely cleans those caches, logs, histories, and cookies. Securely wiped means others cannot dig into your Mac and find out what you don’t want them to know.
It’s not an inexpensive app, but you can use it for a couple of weeks to try it out. Paranoid Mac users know the value of a clean Mac, an attitude that’s especially beneficial if everyone’s out to get you.