Cleaning up a mac..

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chaosrealm93, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. chaosrealm93 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, new guy here.

    Q: Is there a solution, software/fast effective way, to remove "preference" or residual files a program may leave behind after being "uninstalled" (dragged and deleted)?

    Q2: Also, are there any additional maintenance tips for macs in addition to verify disk permissions and keeping a clean desktop?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
    You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Most only remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process. These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. In fact, deleting some caches can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt. Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance. OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention. Some people repair, or recommend repairing permissions for situations where it isn't appropriate. Repairing permissions only addresses very specific issues. It is not a "cure all" or a general performance enhancer, and doesn't need to be done on a regular basis. It also doesn't address permissions problems with your files or 3rd party apps.
    If repairing permissions results in error messages, some of these messages can be ignored and should be no cause for concern.
    This may be useful:
     
  3. chaosrealm93 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see.. Well I've used appzapper in the past to uninstall apps. Do you know if that program leaves behind residual files? Do i have to go in the directory and manually match up the files to my current programs and delete the ones that are from already-deleted programs?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you elect to use apps like AppZapper, 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.
     

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