Your Mac is a dirty little device so imagine how much worse it would be if each Mac notebook came with a touchscreen. Actually, I’m not advocating a way to clean the Mac’s screen, keyboard, or open ports.
Instead, I’ve got my eye on a way to clean what you can’t see is dirty, thanks to the anything but free Dr. Cleaner app for the Mac which I loved when it was free, but now I need to reexamine our relationship.
Dr. Cleaner is a perfect utility for switchers from Windows because they often need to know the Mac is doing something behind the scenes to ensure everything is running well. There’s a whole cottage industry of such utilities for Windows users. For the Mac? Not so much. But Dr. Cleaner looks really good.
Dr. Cleaner starts an appointment between you and your Mac by checking Junk Files. If it’s junk, it must need to be cleaned, right? What gets cleaned are files you seldom see and mostly don’t need– temporary log files, email cache files, iTunes and iOS files. It even empties the Trash.
The colorful dashboard lets you view CPU usage and network usage, plus it displays memory usage and how much space can be saved by deleting files you can’t see, don’t know are there, but take up space in the space time continuum anyway.
Click the System Optimizer and let the fun steps begin toward cleanliness begin.
Dr. Cleaner scans your Mac to find and delete those pesky Junk Files you didn’t know existed. Wait. There’s more!
As it scans, Dr. Cleaner can find and list the Big Files that take up disk space, and display a very colorful Disk Map so you can where files hide while you’re not looking. That kind of scan also finds Duplicate Files which may not be dirty but your Mac is magically cleaner when they’re safely deleted.
There’s also a built-in Intelligent App Manager which lets you view and manage apps installed on your Mac. I manage mine by looking at the icons in the Applications directory. They are well behaved and don’t move much. Dr. Cleaner will let you view apps by name and size and the last time they were used. The latter feature can be handy. If you don’t use an app within six months do you really need it?
Dr. Cleaner can help delete Mac apps and all the leftover cruft files and even tell you when an app needs to be upgraded. Not all apps will tell you they’re old. Finally, there’s a nifty file shredder so you can destroy incriminating evidence on your Mac that even F.B.I. Special Counsel Robert Mueller couldn’t find with a warrant and the SCORPION team.
In the end, Dr. Cleaner looks really good and brings you peace of mind if you’re worried about cruft management on your Mac. There’s a free version to let you try it out first. The only issue I have is that I can’t actually tell that my Mac’s performance has been optimized or improved.
But I feel better about it.