Right up front let me offer a mid-week full disclosure. As a long time Mac user I’m not inclined to recommend and definitely not use all the system cleanup and optimize utilities which float around. Most are free or a few bucks. Most are innocuous. And most are unnecessary. Apple builds into OS X a scheduled cleaning and updating system that is about all an average Mac user needs.
Are you average? If not, and if you’re on a budget, and just love that shiny clean feeling you get when your Mac has undergone a thorough cleaning, then you’ll appreciate the free Dr. Cleaner. This simple utility is exactly what Mac newbies, noobs, and switchers from Windows will appreciate.
Dr. Cleaner has four main features. First, it cleans the Mac’s disk (either hard disk drive or SSD). Second, it’s also a memory optimizer which reclaims unused memory in OS X, which might make Macs with lesser RAM run a little faster. It also scans for big files and can find duplicates.
Starting up Dr. Cleaner walks you through a multi-page list of what is about to happen.
With little effort you’ll be able to optimize your Mac’s memory, clean up junk files you don’t need, scan for large files taking up space, and find duplicate files.
The memory optimization feature can be somewhat handy for Macs which have lower RAM than newer models. It’ll even tell you how much RAM has been reclaimed from apps which are not in use at the moment.
Finally, basic settings for Auto Start and data retrieval are optional. When you’re ready to have Dr. Cleaner do the deed, just click the Start Now button, sit back and relax.
Dr. Cleaner resides in the Mac’s Menubar so you’ll need to click the icon to reveal both Disk and Memory options.
Here’s what it looked like on my Mac.
My Mac has plenty of RAM but Dr. Cleaner also displayed which apps were using the most memory. It also found over 3GB of cleanable junk files.
Clicking on each gained 3GB of disk space and improved free RAM by nearly 30-percent.
Not bad for free and just a few clicks.
The real question is, “Do your need Dr. Cleaner?” Out of over 1,400 reviews on the Mac App Store, the average review is between four and five stars, so there are plenty of Mac users who appreciate what it does. And, you can’t beat the price.