The Windows operating system is built in a way that promotes accumulation of extraneous files, cache, temporary data, registry keys and other small settings. These are stored to speed things up during usage, but because policies relating to disk usage and cache are not strictly regulated at the operating system level, they are sometimes left behind, accumulating over time. Hence the requirement for programs such as CCleaner (which is extremely popular on Windows).
Mac OS X does not suffer from such flaws. There is no registry, and settings are stored centrally in the user account folder. But apps such as Firefox and Safari, and even the in-built Trash app on Mac OS X sometimes can accumulate a large number of files as cache, temporary items, and settings (which maybe unused).
To deal with this, Piriform recently announced CCleaner for Mac OS X. Currently it is just a beta version with limited features, but they plan to add more soon and bring it up to speed with their popular Windows version.
In the top panel, CCleaner shows you the model number and configuration of your Mac, along with CCleaner version number.
In the bottom left panel, the options are listed under two headings:
- Mac OS X – This contains all system related crapware issues such as Trash, Recent Documents, Recent Applications, Recent Servers, and Temporary Folder. Select the options which you want to analyze for crap.
- Applications – This is related to applications. Currently, only Firefox and Safari are supported, but support for other browsers as well as other popular applications is expected to be added soon.
Once you selected the appropriate items on the left, click Analyze to start scanning those folders for unwanted files. Once search is complete, CCleaner displays the results:
Once you look at the results, you can decide if you want to remove those files or not. To remove them, click the ‘Clean’ button.
Overall, CCleaner might be low on features right now, but can be a handy tool once support for most popular applications are added. Do take note that if you wipe your Safari or Firefox cache, a lot of websites will be reloaded completely the next time you visit them, it might increase your data usage or make your browser slow.