C-Cleaner for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by lugesm, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I use C-Cleaner on my notebook PC after every Internet encounter, and it appears to do a pretty good job of cleaning up the junk collected.

    The C-Cleaner website lists a C-Cleaner for Mac, but I am reluctant to try it without asking:

    Has anyone else used this program?
    Does it work?
    Downside ?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. macrumors 603

    justperry

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    You don't need anything, this is not a PC which needs maintenance, just leave it as is, OS X runs fine without any maintenance Apps, besides this OS X also has built in scripts which run and do "maintenance".
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    I use it to wipe all my traces of Internet usage.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    Which browser you using? Can't you do that from within your browser?
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Yeah but it's easier to use that once a month. I switch between Firefox and safari n
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    If it's that important for you, why not use iceClean which does a deep clean.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks I will have to try it. I come from a windows world and have been using ccleaner for years. I realize osx doesn't really need it but in anal from all the years as a windows user
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    Coming from a Windows mind-set to Apple takes time to undo the Windows brainwashing and condititoning.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I've been Mac certified since 10.6 but mostly for work. Finally bit the bullet and picked up a Mac book pro for home. Love it so far but I feel like I need to keep up with it even though I don't.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    The main thing I love since migrating from Windows to Mac is that I no longer need to run tedios tasks like ccleaner, antivirus check, defrag etc.
     
  11. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    You don't need to "maintain" your Mac and you don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well. Some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some can even degrade, rather than improve system performance.

    Some remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process. These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space.

    Some of these apps delete caches, which can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt. Caches exist to improve performance, so deleting them isn't advisable in most cases.

    Many of the tasks performed by these apps should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention. You can use Maintidget to see the last time these scripts were run.

     
  12. 2012Tony2012, Jan 17, 2013
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    2012Tony2012

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    What kind of information/data is stored in caches etc on the Mac that warrants them being cleaned and cleared out?

    When a Mac user works on DOC files, TXT files, Excel files, Internet browsing etc, does the Mac store private information, private web browsing etc anywhere on the Mac that needs manual cleaning?
     
  13. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    That's just it: They shouldn't be cleared out, as you'll only burn up more system resources rebuilding them.
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    When a Mac user works on DOC files, TXT files, Excel files, Internet browsing etc, does the Mac store private information, private web browsing etc anywhere on the Mac that needs manual cleaning?
     
  15. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    No. When you work on documents, many apps save a backup of the open document, but that is deleted when you save the changed document. As for web browsing, you can either use Private Browsing, which doesn't save cookies or history, or you can clear you cookies and history in your browser. You can also empty your cache in your browser. There is no other "cleaning" that you need to do.
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    Good to know because on Windows, activity and files etc can sometimes be "hidden" all over the place exposing private web browsing and activity to others if they search the windows hard drive.

    So that does not apply EVER on the Mac where web browsing or personal activity is stored somewhere "out of sight" where others can view who browse the Mac hard drive?
     
  17. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    It depends on the app, but most only store information in the user folder.
     
  18. macrumors regular

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    I used it when owning a windows pc and currently use it on my MacBook Pro. Good way to manage cookies and do the odd cleanup. No issues at all.
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    Well if that's the case, then I need to use an app like ccleaner to make sure traces of apps, web browsers etc are all cleaned up for my own personal security and privacy. The author of ccleaner etc know more than me where Apps may leave behind sensitive and private data.
     
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    MisterKeeks

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    I never use ANY cleaning app. Macs don't need it. I don't install apps I don't need. If something goes wrong I just reinstall OS X.
     
  21. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Use whatever app you want. They're unnecessary and ineffective, but if it makes you feel better to install yet another app, go ahead.
     
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    2012Tony2012

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    According to YOUR comments, "It depends on the app, but most only store information in the user folder.", there are rirks that SOME Apps may leave some sensitive and private data/information somewhere on the Mac that I am not aware of, but programmers like Ccleaner may know about it and give me ability to clean that sensitive and private data/information.

    So I no longer believe that Ccleaner etc are unnecessary and ineffective, as they may indeed help me wipe, clear and clean sensitive and private data/information that some Apps may be writing to areas I do not know about.
     
  23. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    There is no assurance that apps like that will locate everything. They frequently don't identify all components of deleted apps, so it's reasonable to expect they're equally ineffective with other "cleaning" functions. As I said, use whatever app(s) you want to. I have no vested interest, either way. I'm just stating facts so people can make informed decisions.
     
  24. macrumors 6502a

    2012Tony2012

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    Yes that's true, there is no assurance that apps like ccleaner will locate everything, but it sure is a better chance than leaving it all together. At least there may be a possiblity it's cleaning some Apps area that otherwise would have been left there to be exploited by someone else who gained access to my Mac.
     
  25. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    If you give someone else access to your Mac, you may have much more to worry about than just accessing some of your personal information. In that event, cleaning apps won't protect you from greater threats.
     

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