CCleaner vs Disk Cleaner

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Is there really a difference between the two?
Does the paid Disk Cleaner offered in the app store do anything that the free CCleaner doesn't?
 

keysofanxiety

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Does the paid Disk Cleaner offered in the app store do anything that the free CCleaner doesn't?
It claims to do a few additional things, but the ratings/reviews seem a little suspicious. "Fixed every problem I ever had on macOS", etc. I tend to avoid these cleaner apps where possible. Regardless, CCleaner is an industry standard application, so I'd stick with that.

Other free/verified applications you can use that do additional things which Disk Cleaner apparently does:

OmniDiskSweeper (Mountain Lion or higher): https://www.omnigroup.com/download/latest/OmniDiskSweeper

Shows a hierarchical view of what's taking up the most space on your Mac. Can delete files within the app, but be wary that you know what you're deleting.

AppCleaner (Yosemite or higher): https://freemacsoft.net/downloads/AppCleaner_3.4.zip
10.6-10.9 version: https://freemacsoft.net/downloads/AppCleaner_2.3.zip

Completely deletes applications with all their linked .plist files. Just drag the program from the Applications folder into this app and it'll find all related files. You don't often need to do this other than in niche circumstances (e.g., removing Native Instruments applications when you have licencing issues).
 
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BlandUsername

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It claims to do a few additional things, but the ratings/reviews seem a little suspicious. "Fixed every problem I ever had on macOS", etc. I tend to avoid these cleaner apps where possible. Regardless, CCleaner is an industry standard application, so I'd stick with that.

Other free/verified applications you can use that do additional things which Disk Cleaner apparently does:

OmniDiskSweeper (Mountain Lion or higher): https://www.omnigroup.com/download/latest/OmniDiskSweeper

Shows a hierarchical view of what's taking up the most space on your Mac. Can delete files within the app, but be wary that you know what you're deleting.

AppCleaner (Yosemite or higher): https://freemacsoft.net/downloads/AppCleaner_3.4.zip
10.6-10.9 version: https://freemacsoft.net/downloads/AppCleaner_2.3.zip

Completely deletes applications with all their linked .plist files. Just drag the program from the Applications folder into this app and it'll find all related files. You don't often need to do this other than in niche circumstances (e.g., removing Native Instruments applications when you have licencing issues).
Trend Micro's Cleaner tends to be unobtrusive and pretty effective.
 

keysofanxiety

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Trend Micro's Cleaner tends to be unobtrusive and pretty effective.
Never used it, though TM make some great products.

Having a look at it though, it's partly talking about Memory Optimisation. RAM cleaners on OSX just tend to run the 'purge' command or something similarly clumsy/nuclear. Although this was sometimes necessary in the past on 10.7 Lion due to its crappy memory management, these days it tends to do more harm than good.

macOS/OS X 10.9+ has memory compression and a lot of other under-the-hood things which are best not to meddle with. It tends to juggle itself pretty well in realtime. I've always maintained that as long as it's not swapping/writing to disk as VM, there isn't anything to worry about.
 

rigormortis

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i don't like the term, "industry standard application". if it was an industry standard it would come with the computer, bundled in the operating system. sheesh.

windows calculator, windows solitaire are more of an industry standard then any third party utility
 
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