What macbook optimization software do you recommend?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by poblack, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. poblack macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    I have a 15" macbook pro. I noticed lately that I have be getting a lot of spinning pinwheels. What software is good at scanning my computer and optimizing it by deleting junk files, malware, etc. so that it will perform like new?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You don't need to "maintain" your Mac and you don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well. Some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some can even degrade, rather than improve system performance.

    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. Caches exist to improve performance, so deleting them isn't advisable in most cases.

    Many of the tasks performed by these apps 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. You can use Maintidget to see the last time these scripts were run.

    If you're having performance issues, this may help:

    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus app to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as you practice safe computing, as described in the following link. Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, it's not a good article, as some of the recommendations should absolutely be avoided!
  4. krravi macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010
    Your performance tips article had absolutely nothing about performance.

    I use Onyx as well. Found it to be a great utility.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That is false. Those tips directly impact performance. It sounds like you either didn't read them or failed to understand them.
  6. krravi macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010
    You have no idea about what I do to squeeze every ounce of performance of my machines.

    Having said that, once again, those tips are for maintenance rather than performance.

    Like saying.."Don't turn the computer on for 5 years and 5 years later it will work just like the day you bought it"...
  7. poblack thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Thanks for all the responses.

    I do believe that I shouldn't need 3rd party apps since OS X does a great job, but lately I have been getting a lot of pinwheels.

    I have used ONYX for a past three years and seems to work. I just don't know if I'm using it correctly. What features do you use?
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    What you choose to do is irrelevant.
    Again, that's false. They are not for "maintenance", which isn't needed on Mac OS X. Those tips impact performance. If you don't understand why, you should do some reading and learning.
    OnyX is a good app for specific purposes, but not necessary for general maintenance. If you've been getting beachballs, read the performance tips I posted to isolate the cause.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    None, as your problem probably has nothing to do with what you mention.

    Start by a clean install of OS X, if the problem persists, the answer probably lies with the hardware, not the software.
  10. krravi macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010
    For someone who has confused maintenance with performance, I think you need to understand the concepts first.

    If someone asks how to increase the performance of their car, asking to check their tire pressure is not the solution.
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's obvious you're attempting to derail the thread by being deliberately obtuse. Nothing in this thread has anything to do with cars or tire pressure. The performance tips will directly impact performance issues caused by those elements. They are not maintenance items. I'll stick with helping the OP and let you rant by yourself, since it's clear you're not trying to help and not genuinely interested in learning.
  12. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Try running your car with 3psi of air and tell me again that tire pressure has nothing to do with performance:D
  13. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Those tips have more possible performance benefit than running unnecessary "maintenance" processes do.
  14. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

    May 12, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
    I agree with this. However, I have used daisy disk before to help me clear up hard drive space. I had to get a new HDD after a failure, and moved everything to the new drive via a time machine backup. When I transferred the files from the backup, I messed up and named the accounts differently. So I used daisy disk to delete all unnecessary files. Found it to be quite useful.

    Aside from that, I used to use Onyx as well. After not running the routines in Onyx for quite some time though, I noticed absolutely no decrease in performance. I agree with GGJ's tips. Much more useful than using third party apps.

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