Mac OS Maintenance

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bmwpowere36m3, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. bmwpowere36m3 macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    Recently purchased my first mac (MBP), currently its running Tiger and I'll be installing Leopard as soon as it comes in. In the PC world, I was running a program to remove temporary files, i.e.: internet files, cookies, and just general temp files that can be deleted. I was using the program CCleaner ( Also was used to defragmenting the hard drive.

    On the mac is any of this possible or necessary. (Location of temp files, programs to use, and just general file maintenance on the mac)? Thanks guys.

    Also are any virus or spyware programs needed?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Most defragging is done by the OS. Maintenance is also handled by overnight routines automatically. No real need for anti-virus, but you can get ClamXav to scan for Windows viruses in data files that you may pass on to Windows users.
  3. ryanmcd02 macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Another thread recently had the general conclusion that anti-virus software does more harm than help.

    Macs are clean. If you are reasonable with opening emails/IMs and such you should not have to worry.
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    onyx is like ccleaner for the mac. it will manually do the maintenance scripts, clean, optimize the system, clear cache, clean temp files etc. you can do it manually or with the automation feature. i use onyx monthly and seems to speed things up after youve booted a few times to rebuild the system cache.
  5. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Lafayette, IN
  6. bmwpowere36m3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
  7. danwestbrook macrumors regular


    Oct 11, 2007
    Surrey, UK
    if you have now upgraded to Leopard and dont mind using the terminal use the following command to run the unix commands what apple included in the OS to help keep it running smoothly .

    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly

    then enter your password (you need to have admin rights)
  8. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Honestly, you really don't have to do any type of maintenance at all on a Mac (imo). As long as you don't install software from untrustworthy sources, then OS X completely takes care of itself. (by untrustworthy software I mean kracked software from the net, downloaded shareware from an unknown company without a good reputation, etc.)

    When I first switched to OS X from Mac OS9, the first couple of years I would run some system utilities out of the old learned behavior that computers require you to do work under the hood. Knowledgeable OS X users told me it was unnecessary, but old habit die hard. But then out of business I would up not running any utilities for a long time, and then I realized that there was no reason to.

    Since then I've been using my Mac for a couple of years now without ever running a maintenance utility. The only times I run a system utility is when a problem that pops up. (a problem which wouldn't have been prevented by running utilities regularly, such as disk corruption from a sudden power outage). And my system runs fine.

    Most OS X people never run any maintenance utilities, and their systems work fine.

    There's really no reason to do that. It basically does nothing for you, and OS X automatically does it periodically as a hidden background process any way.

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