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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Anyone using this app? Is this something good to use or something that should be avoided?
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. Some 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. Some of these apps delete caches, which 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.

Five Mac maintenance myths

As an example, just take a look at the first two reviews on the Mac App Store page:

Customer Reviews
Be careful!

by orcish
Ok, it is quick, simple, and easy to use. It may be a little too powerful! After I ran this, I had to reregister almost all of my games AND re-aggree to all the terms and conditions on my iTunes account. So, it may clean a bit more than you want it too!

Useless - Problematic

by Rodman54
Careful with the App. It really does absolutely nothing except cause problems with Firefox and I don't know what else yet but I'm sure there's more problems to be found ahead. So far CNN.com displays in all text only and Weather.com is unable to access ANY specific local forecasts. Will add update when I find more problems.
My recommendation, SayMilesAway, is to stay miles away from this and similar apps!
 
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SayMilesAway

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Nov 11, 2011
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yeah i did see those reviews but there are also tons of positive reviews. the reason why I created the thread was because I know it is iffy to use programs such as these but I figured with such a good rating and it being in the mac app store i couldn't go wrong.
 
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Shrink

macrumors G3
Feb 26, 2011
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New England, USA
I'm confused.:confused: (now there's something new!)

If you want to clear cache, can't you just click on Safari>Empty Cache. And if you want to clear cache and cookies, just click on Safari>Reset Safari?

Is there something I'm missing that requires an app??:confused:
 
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GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
44,431
767
If you want to clear cache, can't you just click on Safari>Empty Cache. And if you want to clear cache and cookies, just click on Safari>Reset Safari?

Is there something I'm missing that requires an app??:confused:
It clears not just Safari caches, but system caches. As mentioned, clearing those can negatively impact performance, as caches are used to improve performance.
 
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