How to Erase files COMPLETELY???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Macintosh001, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. Macintosh001 macrumors member


    Nov 2, 2007
    I would like to know how to erase files COMPLETELY...I know how to erase them on the normal garbage at finer but I also know that every now and then the files should be erased completely because the computer starts going slower...but I don't know hot to do it...any help???
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    In the Finder menu, when something's in the Trash, you have the option of Secure Empty Trash. As far as other temp files that could be slowing down the system, you can empty those by starting up in safe boot, logging in, and emptying trash, then restarting. If the computer is still slow afterwards you'll need to consider what background processes you have running in Activity Monitor and if something is set to automatically launch after login, specifically your Login Items in System Preferences->Accounts.
  3. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    Deleting an application for example from Trash fails to get rid of .plist and certain other related files. I now use a third party application to completely remove all files associated with an application.

    I prefer CleanApp, but AppZapper does similar. [There's another one called PermanentEraser, but it's scary because it doesn't have prefs you can set, it just deletes everything that's in the Trash - poof!]

    I'd also suggest cleaning your OS with OnyX, a free maintenance utility from

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