Despite a touch of digital OCD there are times when I wonder why Mac users feel the need to clean garbage files, clean the Mac’s memory, or optimize the Mac’s system. Yet, there are plenty of apps that do the cleanliness deeds so someone wants all that tidiness on their Macs, right?
Here’s another one that can ease your fears and massage your OCD gene, and, as is the case of most of the so-called Mac optimizer apps, it’s free. What does Dr. Cleaner do for you? It promotes itself as the 31 Mac optimization app– it cleans garbage files and optimizes the Mac’s memory. It seems to work. It’s free. Do you need it?
What My Father Said
Growing up in the Midwest has advantages and disadvantages. Keeping a car clean from the elements is not like it probably is in San Diego, CA. Here, a dirty, dinged up car is the norm. My father always said, “Jack, a clean car runs better.” Maybe he thought it did, but my car seems to run the same whether it’s freshly washed or covered with mud or soaked in winter street grime.
Likewise, some Mac users insist that their Macs run better after being cleaned of garbage files and after the Mac’s memory is optimized. That’s what Dr. Cleaner does, and it’s free so what’s the harm?
What the utility does is what your Mac can do if you leave it running overnight. Mostly. It will remove temporary files which take up storage space, but have little impact on how well a Mac runs. That means that with a click you get rid of download files, the email cache, other cache files, log files, and even the contents of the Trash can. But none of those options have anything to do with making your Mac run better.
With a click of the Scan button, Dr. Cleaner scans your Mac and prepares to delete a bunch of files you probably don’t need, probably take up too much space, and does it for free.
Ditto for the Mac’s memory usage. Dr. Cleaner displays your Mac’s RAM contents, how much goes to apps, and so on– and with a click, optimizes RAM by making unused memory available for other apps.
There’s also an option to uninstall apps you don’t want to keep on your Mac. Scan for apps. Select the app you want to remove, double check the files that Dr. Cleaner finds for each app, and click the Remove button.
Preferences are straightforward so setting up Dr. Cleaner to run is a no-brainer.
Dr. Cleaner is one of the more interesting optimization apps available for the Mac in that it optimizes memory and cleans up files you probably don’t need, but probably don’t know they’re on your Mac in the first place. It’s a Mac App Store app and it has almost 20,000 five star ratings so more than a few Mac users think it does what it says on the tin.
The real question here is whether or not you really, truly, madly, deeply need Dr. Cleaner. If a freshly washed car runs better, sure, why not? Dr. Cleaner is free and gets dozens of four and five star ratings from Mac users who think it’s doing a great job. What else do they need?
Did I mention that it’s free?