Cache and speeding up my comp.

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  1. 3v0 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2010
    I have a few questions about my white macbook that I don't understand.

    1) In the applications menu, if I search "cache" a folder with a bunch of files show up labeled like 00, 01, 02, etc. appear. Can I delete all this stuff? I want to try to get rid of useless data. (if I click on one of the numbered folders, it leads me to a single files for each)

    2) If I deleted a program by dragging it into the trash and emptying it, I assume it wasn't 100% deleted. How do I find those "left over" parts of the file?
    I'm generally curious, but at the same time I have a norton virus app that I deleted a long time ago that still "scans" a random times with certain files.

    3) What do you suggest for getting rid of that "extra" useless data?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, caches exist to improve performance. A good general rule to follow is if you don't know what a file/folder is used for, don't delete it. This is especially true in System or Library folders.
    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 10 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    1. Make sure your built-in Mac firewall is enabled in System Preferences > Security > Firewall

    2. Uncheck "Open "safe" files after downloading" in Safari > Preferences > General

    3. Disable Java in your browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox). This will protect you from malware that exploits Java in your browser, including the recent Flashback trojan. Leave Java disabled until you visit a trusted site that requires it, then re-enable only for the duration of your visit to that site. (This is not to be confused with JavaScript, which you should leave enabled.)

    4. Change your DNS servers to OpenDNS servers by reading this.

    5. Be careful to only install software from trusted, reputable sites. Never install pirated software. If you're not sure about an app, ask in this forum before installing.

    6. Never let someone else have access to install anything on your Mac.

    7. Don't open files that you receive from unknown or untrusted sources.

    8. For added security, make sure all network, email, financial and other important passwords are long and complex, including upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

    9. Always keep your Mac and application software updated. Use Software Update for your Mac software. For other software, it's safer to get updates from the developer's site or from the menu item "Check for updates", rather than installing from any notification window that pops up while you're surfing the web.
    That's all you need to do to keep your Mac completely free of any Mac OS X malware that has ever been released into the wild. You don't need any 3rd party software to keep your Mac secure.

    You don't need to worry about "useless" data, unless it's useless user files you've created. Having files stored on your computer have no effect on its performance. If it's more disk space you want, you'll get much more impact by moving user files to an external drive than you will by messing with system files. If it's better performance you're looking for, this may help:

    Performance Tips For Mac OS X
  3. 3v0 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2010

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