CleanMyMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by thebignewt, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. thebignewt macrumors regular

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    There's a free download and a paid download. I dl the free one but it's just a picture (JPEG). Is this program worthwhile? I have had my iMac for about 2 years and haven't done anything at all to it. I have downloaded tons of music from various sites and put them on iTunes. I'd appreciate any advice about cleaning the hard drive. On Windows I'd use the utility that came with it and some other software disc I bought. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    don't waste your time with that junk. CleanMyMac has a history of cleaning too much and rendering your system unbootable.
     
  3. WesCole macrumors 6502a

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    If you want an app to just remove junk files, Internet history, etc., I would recommend CCleaner. The developer is great and it already has a great reputation on Windows.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I would not recommend CleanMyMac, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much. While you may not have experienced problems yet, enough people have that it's wise to avoid it, especially since there are free alternatives that have better reputations, such as Onyx.

    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.

    Mac 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.

     

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