At night, I write. It’s that simple. My day job has me overseeing a few hundred Macs, Windows PCs, iPhones and iPads, a bunch of Chromebooks, and the inevitable cruft that accumulates on each devices?
Cruft? I don’t know of a better word to use for all the apps, utilities, log files, browser histories, duplicate files, and junk that seems to gather hither and yon. Thanks to Apple’s sandbox, iPhone and iPad have less for me to worry about than the Mac.
Generally speaking, the Mac takes care of its own housekeeping but there are plenty of tools around to help speed up the cruft cleaning process to remove cache files, cookies, browser history, and the logs that do accumulate and require user intervention. One I’m using this week is called AweCleaner, and as with many such junk file cleaners, it’s kind of a one-click deal but not a one-trick pony.
AweCleaner bundles a number of useful features into a straightforward interface. Options are listed in the lefthand sidebar. Select one, follow the screen prompts.
What you get is a list of functions to keep the Mac clean.
Junk Cleaner – Click the “Scan” button to scan your whole Mac system to find all junk files inside your Mac including system cache files, App junk, Email attachments, iTunes junk, and junk files in Trash. You’d think junk is everywhere.
Uninstaller – Uninstall unwanted applications, widgets, plug-ins one by one or in batches, and it will remove all associated files. This is no mean feat as Mac apps often leave files scattered all over.
Duplicate Cleaner – Duplicate files used to be an issue when hard disk drive space was expensive. Then it was cheap. Now we have SSDs and we’re back to expensive space again. Duplicate Cleaner can help you find and delete useless duplicate files on your Mac to free up disk space. But choose carefully.
Large File Finder – This is self explanatory, but sometimes space on your Mac is sucked up by a few large files. This tracks them down. But choose wisely what to delete.
Disk Manager – Basic disk or SSD storage information shows up here, but Disk Manager can help you rename or format the disk or device on your Mac. I use Disk Utility instead.
Quit Apps – Sometimes Mac apps don’t quit when they should. Activity Monitor in the Applications > Utility folder can force quit what does not. So does AweCleaner.
Startup Items – Create a list o f apps or utilities that start up when your Mac starts up. Yes, System Preferences does the same thing.
Internet Cleanup – Browsers are dirty little beasts and need to have cache files deleted, histories deleted, even cookies need to be deleted. One click does it for most browsers, but with options. I prefer Cookie but this works.
File Shredder – If it seems as if we’re piling on with features, well, it seems that way to me, too. File Shredder can help you permanently shred files/folders under Mac OS. Just add or drop files/folders. After you click “Shred” button, it will help you permanently shred the selected files/folders from your Mac.
AweCleaner works and it’s much like half a dozen similar utilities for Mac users to keep their computers tidy. The question to ask is, ‘Do I need to do all that cleaning?‘ Eventually, yes, but different strokes for different folks. Almost everything in AweCleaner can be done manually or with free utilities, but that’s not the point. This is one app, one location, one easy set of buttons to click.
Thankfully, there is a try-before-you-buy option.