You can spend plenty of money on odds and ends utilities which supposedly clean up a Mac and make it run better, but Apple does some of that in the background each day (leave your Mac on overnight), or get it cleaned up simply and easily for free.
Tweak And Tuneup
For newbies to the Mac, especially those who’ve switched from Windows to Mac and insist on having a utility or two or three the clean caches, recover some space, and do this or that, you could try Tweak and Tuneup.
Why? Mostly because it’s free, comes with an elegant and almost Windows-like interface, and it’s simple to operate even though it does not do much that isn’t done by OS X itself.
Did I mention that Tweak and Tuneup is free? I did, right? There needs to be a value proposition, so free and pretty are important here.
Since most Macs come with solid state drives (SSD’s) these days, space can be a premium issue, and Tweak and Tuneup can help recover some space by deleting cache files, log files, Trash files, and so on.
If you’re a bit security conscious, and who is not in this day and age when everyone from neighbors to hackers to government spooks are trying to hack our Macs and iPhones, Tweak and Tuneup also shreds trashed files so they cannot be found.
Here’s my official list of what you get in Tweak and Tuneup.
- Cleaner – cleans cache, log, and system files
- Optimizer – finds and removes duplicates, uninstalls apps
- Manual – scans and cleans browser cookies, history
- Security – shreds files you want to delete preventing recovery
All the above can be accomplished with a few clicks using an attractive and simple interface. It’s more peace of mind than anything, but Tweak and Tuneup should make you feel better, even if much of what it does isn’t really necessary, but the app gets more than a fair share of four and five star ratings on the Mac App Store.
If free isn’t good enough for you, there’s a companion product, something of a pro version, that’s called TuneupMyMac which is anything but free. As always, caveat emptor.