AppCleaner vs CCLeaner

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tekfranz, Oct 27, 2017.


Do you prefer CCLeaner or App Cleaner?

  1. Cleaner for Mac keeps my Mac Clean the Best.

  2. App Cleaner by Nektony keeps my Mac Clean the best.

  3. I use a different App Cleaner for my Mac.

  1. tekfranz macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2017
    I really appreciate having a dedicated uninstaller program to clean up the file fragments left across my Mac by App un-installations.
    I really like App Cleaner by nekTony.
    However, I noticed cCleaner has a Mac App now with Cleaning and Uninstall features (though not as full featured as Windows.)

    Anyone have experience with the New CCLeaner? How does it compare to App Cleaner?

    Please answer the poll below. Also let me know of other cleaners for Mac that are good and reputable.
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    x None of the above

    I read posts from some that swear by App Cleaner. But, others say it does not get everything, and that the only way to do that is to find all the bits and delete them manually. I've never used a "one size fits all" uninstaller.
  3. LarryJoe33 macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2017
    None of the above as well. I don't see the need. I did once download CCleaner and ran it and it found nothing. Use the uninstaller to uninstall itself.
  4. tekfranz thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2017
    Right, but for some reason not all the Apps have uninstall Apps included. I know Mac has the classic drag the program to the trash can but that leaves a lot of junk behind. Windows isn’t any better for clean uninstalls either.
  5. OS X Dude macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

    Jun 30, 2007
    AppCleaner then I check in both / and ~/ Application Support folders along with the Libraries for any straggler folders or files. Sometimes the odd thing is hiding in Documents too, I just like to be thorough.
  6. HenryAZ macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    South Congress AZ
    AppCleaner here, for most of the bits. For the stragglers, I use Find Any File, with an appropriate search string, and catch stuff within /private, as well as in /Library and ~/Library.
  7. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
  8. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    x none of the above

    Never found the need for such an app, a simple search will find any unremoved folders and files in the Library etc
  9. ZapNZs, Oct 30, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017

    ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    IMHO, App Cleaner all the way! It's very useful for locating [most-definitely not all, all of the time] associated files with a program, in that it can show you the files, and then you can manually inspect them and manually delete them (rather than using a program to do this automatically, which is where some issues can arise.) You can also just use the Finder and add the 'Search System Files' rule, but I like the App Cleaner interface and how I can instantly see the paths to each of the individual files.

    Other Apps I use with success are Onyx, OmniDiskSweeper, and Disk Inventory X - none of these are traditional cleaning Apps in that they serve different purposes than a one-size-does-all App, the former I generally only use if there is an issue, and the latter two provide more information than they do cleaning automation (which is what I prefer - if something is being deleted, I want to be the one to do the deleting to ensure there is no misunderstanding between what I want deleted and what gets deleted.)

    Rounding out my utility Apps is DiskWarrior, given installation/removal of some Apps do seem to cause directory damage, and I've had very good luck rebuilding the directory every couple months as preventive maintenance (note-currently only works with HFS+ volumes.)
  10. PilotWoo macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
  11. tekfranz thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2017
  12. MSastre macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
  13. Muttznuttz macrumors member


    May 21, 2014
    When a new version of macOS is released, when appropriate, I like to do a clean install, follwed by a re-install of all my applications. I'm also not in the habit of installing / uninstalling things much. Not too much clutter experienced personally so I have never thought I needed 'housekeeping' applications
  14. camelia macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2015
    Mexico City
    MacKeeper ha ha ha ha :p:p
    --- Post Merged, Apr 18, 2019 at 5:17 PM ---
    Could you please provide an example of what do you do exactly?


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