Have you seen those cheesy television commercials which promise an easy way to clean up a computer and make it work better? Mac users are not immune to a little cleanup promotion, either. One of the more popular system cleaning apps for Windows users is CCleaner, which is now available on the Mac through the App Store, and it’s free. I’m not sure what to make of these so-called cleaning apps that are free. Even on the Mac App Store CCleaner doesn’t divulge what it cleans or how. But it’s free to try, too.
What you’ll see in CCleaner is a list of options for OS X and various applications.
For example, in OS X, CCleaner lists different options to clean, including the Trash, the list of recent documents and apps, as well as logs, and system applications.
The Applications tab isn’t as extensive as you might think, and focuses more on browsers and the few apps that leave a trail to clean (Adobe Flash, App Store, FaceTime, Calendar as well as Firefox, Opera, and Chrome).
CCleaner comes with a few additional tools to detect and uninstall applications, secure file deletion, and an analysis view.
What’s really interesting about CCleaner are the reviews on the Mac App Store. It’s a love hate relationship. Lots of five star reviews, with a healthy number of one star reviews. Many Mac users swear by CCleaner’s ability to find and delete files, while other users have their entire system mauled by an errant CCleaner operation.
The only cleaning app I use on my Mac’s these days is Cookie, which deletes cookies and browser history after every use. I like that. If you need more than that I’ll recommend The 3 Best Mac Utilities To Clean, Repair, Customize, And Unlock Hidden Features.
Onyx, Deeper, and Maintenance are all free, but not quite as easy to use as CCleaner, yet do far more.