App used to clean up HD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by TSE, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

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    I know these exist, which one do you guys use?

    Basically an App that gets rid of old app caches and files that exist even when you supposedly "uninstalled" an application.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you elect to use such apps, be aware that in most cases, app removal software doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this and this. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.
    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
  3. Baklava macrumors 6502a

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    AppCleaner was a very good app for me so far. Onyx is another one to clean up unnecessary files. But everything else is in my point of view rubbish. (Mackeeper, CleanMyMac, etc.)
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    AppCleaner is one of the poorest performers. See the links in my post.
     
  5. Baklava macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, I didn't know that before. Thanks for the hint. I'll delete my apps the suggested way in the future.

    Maybe a bit off-topic but do unused files from removed applications really slow down the system?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, they don't. They only consume disk space. Barring hardware issues or a full drive, performance is impacted only by currently running processes.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    But don't forget, that once you just drag application X to the Trash, those PLIST and other supporting files for X will actively search for the application, thus consume valuable CPU and RAM time.
    It will only stop if you give them cat on a stick or spinach. I prefer the latter, though the first is okay when does only have access to pea and that other thing we rarely talk about.

    Yeah, you read correctly. And don't think I am sarcastic. Me not capable of that.
     
  8. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    I've been using Synium's CleanApp for years. It finds files related to the app and lets you choose to delete or not. The latest version's interface is a little more complicated than it needs to be but it still works the same. I preferred the simplicity of the previous versions.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    ... but like all such apps, it doesn't find them all. It can leave behind more than it deletes.
     
  10. mikecwest macrumors 6502a

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    That is true, however, it will remove more than just dragging the app into the trash.

    A good example is Garage Band that came on a lot of macs. I have no interest in making music, so I deleted it right away by dragging to the trash. Years later, I found a folder in application support that held 3 GBS of music samples for Garage Band.

    My next mac, came with Garage Band, I dragged it onto some type of app cleaner (i don't recall which one, maybe appzapper, it saw the GarageBand audio samples and removed them.)

    You can easily on a mac accumulate many files that are not needed, after upgrading OS versions, and app versions, there is a lot of trash left behind.
     

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