What? You didn’t know memory needed to be cleaned, either? Cleaning your Mac must be worthwhile. It’s all the rage these days. Otherwise, how do you explain the dozens of Mac apps that clean up your Mac’s memory?
Clean Cluttered Memory?
We Mac users are a finicky bunch, are we not? Some of us use anti-virus apps even though there’s no real, live, in-the-wild Mac viruses floating around. It’s like a vaccination, I guess.
By far the most popular new genre in Mac apps is the memory cleaner app, as epitomized by Super Memory Cleaner. What’s it do? Duh. It cleans memory.
To be fair about the rash of memory cleaner apps, Macs do have a lot going on behind the scenes in OS X.
Not only are the apps you’re using at the moment taking up precious RAM, apps you don’t even know about take up memory you can’t even see.
Super Memory Cleaner is one of a few dozen memory cleaning apps that free up RAM that’s not being used by an app that probably wanted to use it, reserved it, but forgot to give it back.
This sure has a high tech look, too, right?
There’s not much to it.
Set Super Memory Cleaner to start up when your Mac starts up. And, the only other option is to have it Auto Clean.
Does anyone really, truly, deeply, honestly need to have their Mac’s memory cleaned? Well, that depends. If your Mac has plenty of RAM, especially in the eight gigabyte range and above, probably not. That’s a lot of RAM.
If you’re running an older iMac or MacBook Air which has limited RAM or isn’t easily upgraded, a memory cleaner might make running RAM hungry apps easier, and improve performance.
What surprises me is the number of such apps available on the Mac App Store. There’s a couple of dozen and they range in price from free to a few dollars. Some seem to work better than others, though I prefer to use one that displays current memory usage all the time (you know, like using Activity Monitor which comes free with your Mac).