One of the more popular categories of Mac utilities is the group that cleans caches, unlocks hidden features, and does it all with a promise to make your Mac run better, easier, faster, which, in turn supposedly allows you to be more productive, more efficient, and a better human being..
Most of that is hype, of course, but if you must clean caches and have an unfettered desire to unlock hidden features, at least do so knowing which apps are best at the job. Here’s the tale of two. One free, one not so much. Both do much the same thing.
Experience Is Cheaper
Perfect for Mac users who don’t wish to get their fingertips dirty, those who don’t have much experience mucking around with hidden features, but still want to clean their Macs (whatever that means) is El Capitan Cache Cleaner (and, yes, last year it was called Yosemite Cache Cleaner).
This very commercialized Mac utility has been around a few years; previously known as Yosemite-Mavericks-Mountain Lion Cache Cleaner, and previous to that Lion Cache Cleaner, Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner, and, well, you get the idea. What you get in a single utility app is a whole list of maintenance or optimization features, as well as tools to customize your Mac, create a bootable USB drive for emergencies, and even check for all those viruses the Mac doesn’t usually have.
Basic Mac system information is displayed with a click, but also visible are options for Login and Startup, Maintenance, Optimization, Cache Cleaner and more, including repairing permissions, something El Capitan users have to hunt to figure out how to do. The options are not exactly self explanatory for the Mac newbie, though.
El Capitan Cache Cleaner is all about ease of use. For example, create a document which performs a number of maintenance options; from rebuilding app pre bindings to running maintenance scripts to repairing disk permissions. It even optimizes free memory. What’s nice about El Capitan Cache Cleaner is that everything you need to cleanse your Mac from the cruft that builds up over time, and to open up a few hidden features in OS X, is easily found on the app’s first screen.
Plus, there’s a try-before-you-buy option. Download it and give it a spin. Also interesting is how El Capitan Cache Cleaner works well for those new to the Mac who are willing to part with a few dollars, but for those Mac users who are a bit more experienced there’s Onyx, one of a trio of free utilities which also clean caches, update or rebuild this or that, and unlock even more secret and hidden features in OS X.
While El Capitan Cache Cleaner will remove some of your cash while removing cache files, Onyx is free. There’s no anti-virus option in Onyx, but there are few viruses for the Mac to worry about.