Clean My Mac 3 (any good?)

MiniD3

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Hi looking at doing some cleaning up,
I'm no geek, so just appeared to be an easy to follow option?
...........Gary
 

niji

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cleaning functions done by Clean My Mac: can all be found in other apps that are free of charge.

malware detection function of Clean My Mac: as has been well reported: worthless. does not find a lot of known malware.

price of Clean My Mac: you can get all of the above for only USD 40 PER YEAR.

do yourself a favor, make sure you know how to delete all traces of Clean My Mac before you buy it - since for sure you won't want to be paying USD 40 per year for this.
 
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mdbraund

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cleaning functions done by Clean My Mac: can all be found in other apps that are free of charge.

malware detection function of Clean My Mac: as has been well reported: worthless. does not find a lot of known malware.

price of Clean My Mac: you can get all of the above for only USD 40 PER YEAR.

do yourself a favor, make sure you know how to delete all traces of Clean My Mac before you buy it - since for sure you won't want to be paying USD 40 per year for this.
What free apps would you recommend for the same sort of functionality?
 

MiniD3

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Unless you have some kind of problem there is nothing to "clean up".
Not really a problem, just want to keep the system clean,
Just make sure I get rid of old files that I dont need any more
I have a good routine now, but when I first changed from windows to the iMac , Im sure there must be old stuff around that I dont need
FWIW, almost all images are on external HDD's
.........Gary
Still have plenty of space
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chabig

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Not really a problem, just want to keep the system clean
That doesn’t mean anything. There is nothing you need to do. The computer runs its own housekeeping chores daily, weekly, and monthly. You don’t have to do anything, nor is there any reason to believe the operating system needs third party help taking care of itself.
 

MiniD3

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Thank you, much appreciated
My thoughts here were prompted by a friend that had only about 2.5GB free on his MBA
Hate to get into that problem
 

Cruciarius

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If you're worried about storage limits, why not just get an external drive? I'd keep all files on the external and apps on the internal. Unless it's a large file that you need to work on, in which case I'd keep it on the internal or just move it, when needed.
 
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chabig

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The system manages memory automatically. That's another thing you don't need to concern yourself with. As long as the memory pressure in Activity Monitor is green, the computer is not RAM starved. No "cleaning" program can do anything useful for RAM use anyway. All they do is force the operating system to remove things from memory that then have to be rebuilt anyway. There is nothing in RAM that doesn't belong there. But again, watching it isn't something you should be doing. Similarly, when you drive your car, you don't monitor cylinder head temperature, fuel-air ratios, etc. You let the car's engine computer do that for you. Same thing.
 
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MiniD3

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If you're worried about storage limits, why not just get an external drive? I'd keep all files on the external and apps on the internal. Unless it's a large file that you need to work on, in which case I'd keep it on the internal or just move it, when needed.
Pretty much what I'm doing now
So I guess I'm going in the right direction
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Onyx is the only tool I find to be of any use, and I only use it once a year at most.
Thank you,
Appears there is an option for each OS
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Forget all this and enjoy your iMac Gary.

To sum up, when I started on Macs in 1990, as my IT guru said at that time "Get a Mac. They are more idiot proof'!!
Tks Mate,
My friend from Vic is coming over Sunday to buy a new MBA (budget), his old MBA is nearly full! :)
was a 128GB, talked him into at least a 500GB and 16GB, (we are both photographers)

I guess with all the OS updates, 128GB was small
.........Gary
 

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OnyX, is free and has weekly or monthly scripts to clean temporary files or rebuild indexes.

If you store files on an external hard drive get a second drive to clone it as a backup in case one fails (for example a thunderstorm occurs and the power goes off). Better to spend some money and not losing your precious work
 

MiniD3

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OnyX, is free and has weekly or monthly scripts to clean temporary files or rebuild indexes.

If you store files on an external hard drive get a second drive to clone it as a backup in case one fails (for example a thunderstorm occurs and the power goes off). Better to spend some money and not losing your precious work
thank you
pretty much got it sorted now,
using CCC for the second drive
 
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PhillyGuy72

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From personal experience....no!
I had the program on my OLD OLD Snow Leopard OS, it seemed to work ok (who knows though) Once I upgraded to Yosemite and used the program, this program deleted essential files that made the Mac operate! Yeah...it "cleaned" it alright, not in a good way

I had to do a complete restore from backup to get the Mac running again. So never again with that program.
 

MiniD3

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From personal experience....no!
I had the program on my OLD OLD Snow Leopard OS, it seemed to work ok (who knows though) Once I upgraded to Yosemite and used the program, this program deleted essential files that made the Mac operate! Yeah...it "cleaned" it alright, not in a good way

I had to do a complete restore from backup to get the Mac running again. So never again with that program.
Tks for the heads-up
.........Gary
 
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