Switching sides doesn’t come easy, but nothing improves without change, right? For a few years I’ve used CleanApp to delete old or unwanted apps from my Mac. What I liked about CleanApp was how quickly it found app files, and the background logging feature which monitored where each app stored files (to make them easier to find).
Unfortunately, the latest version has many unnecessary features which have combined to cause CleanApp to be slow instead of fast. Improvement requires change, so I search around for a replacement.
Here are seven good reasons why iTrash gets used on my Mac and CleanApp does not.
App Lister – My Mac is loaded with many apps, some of which become forgotten or seldom used over time. iTrash displays an updated list of all installed apps.
Background Mode – iTrash runs silently in the background. Drag an app to the Trash can, and iTrash pops up, ready to find and delete all related files.
Expert – The Expert mode uses a special algorithm to find related files to delete. I prefer CleanApp’s background logging technique, but this works very well, too.
Protected Apps – iTrash provides default protection of of specific apps on your Mac which means you won’t accidentally delete critical files.
Logging – An uninstall app should have two kinds of logging. First, a log of all files installed by a new app, and, second, all activities by the uninstaller. iTrash does the latter.
Two other useful functions in iTrash include the basic drag and drop, and lost files. Drag and drop an app onto iTrash and it finds related files to delete. Conversely, iTrash scans your Mac to find files related to applications you’ve already deleted.
I don’t understand why Apple doesn’t put an uninstaller in OS X.