Like my St. Louis born and bred father and grandfather before me, I’m a bona fide, card-carrying, do-it-yourselfer, a member of the 21st century digital brigade intent on making my Mac run squeaky clean. Without the squeak.
With a baker’s dozen cadre of tools and utilities I work to keep my Mac clean, pristine, purified. Not every Mac user does the do-it-yourself scrubbing dance so popular among members of the technorati elite politburo, so take this as an introduction to a Mac app that does the deed for you.
Clean, Purify, Sanitize
If you frequent Mac websites or popular blogs you’ve surely run across a number of Mac apps which claim to clean a Mac, purify files, and sanitize those growing caches and files you don’t need anymore. If I had to spend money on a single Mac app to replace the dozen or so I use already, I’d spend it on the latest version of MacCleanse.
This is not the app for do-it-yourselfers but a Mac app that does it for you. MacCleanse is feature laden but easy to use and won’t clutter your mind with options you don’t understand. What it does can be accomplished in seconds or a minute or two, and far less time than it takes me an my Dirty Dozen apps to do the same deeds.
MacCleanse will uninstall apps and remove old, unwanted files. It wipes out unused language files to save space. It erases cache files, empties logs, clears browsers of cookies and delete the incriminating web history file. It’s as easy to use as iTunes or Photos but more fun because you know something gets done behind the scenes.
Everything you need to know is on the pop up window. Cleanup, Apps, Extensions, Files, Login Items, Eraser, and Settings are easily accessed and quickly understood. MacCleanse will scan your Mac and display an update overview of what it finds. One by one, step by step, the app walks through the process of deleting caches, scrapping logs, purging file histories and locations. Oh, and it’ll take out the trash.
If you prefer to get your hands dirty, MacCleanse is flexible and gives you plenty of options but it can also be automated to perform a quick cleanup at specific dates and times. The Scan and Delete feature scans your Mac, then lists in detail all the recommended deletions. One click does the deed. What you’ll end up with, to justify the expense, is a Mac with fewer incriminating trails that can be audited, and a bunch of extra space on your storage.
It can even delete languages in macOS Sierra that you probably don’t need but definitely will save space on your Mac.
Cleanups are safe, too, and you have granular control over custom configurations. MacCleanse can scan for leftover folders and files from apps that have been deleted, and even remove legacy components within apps that are no longer required for your macOS. Duplicate files are easily found and deleted, and MacCleanse can display older files that take up large amounts of space on your Mac. There’s a built-in Eraser that securely shreds files so they cannot be found or retrieved.
Caveats? A couple.
First, the developers are proud of MacCleanse, and rightly so, but it’s priced proudly, too. Second, most of the functions are available in a few somewhat geeky free utilities, but no one app does everything as easily as MacCleanse does with a click or two.