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CCleaner for Mac

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CCleaner joins the line of tune-up utilities designed for Mac, as they need tightening up just as Windows computers do. The free app aims to clear the OS X system and give it a shot of fresh life, and all this is provided within a simple, easy-to-understand user interface, although some of its functions aren't as easy to understand.

The app ships with a nice, clear interface displaying information about the version number, the Mac computer's tech specs, and three vertical icons: Cleaner, Tools, and Options. We liked the speed of the analysis process and the fact that it delivers a detailed report of files found and their sizes. During our testing, the app returned more than 5,000 junk files when we ran the CCleaner Analyze tool, which took more than 2GB of the available space; the program wiped them all after we clicked Delete. In other words, it is a very simple app to use. However, the meaning of the Erase Freespace and Repair Permissions options wasn't too clear from the documentation, so you will need to do an additional Google search if you would like to use CCleaner running these commands instead of Disk Utility, the native OS X app.

The overall cleaning process resulted in our system booting much faster than before, which is the aim of the app. If you are looking for a good app for system cleaning, CCleaner could be a viable option, yet the other features, such as Uninstall apps at request, Repair Permissions, and Erase Freespace can be done safely by using other methods. CCleaner is most effective in making your Mac clean.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic program"

    August 17, 2013  |   By Meditate1

    Version: CCleaner 1.07.233

    Pros

    Very easy to use.

    Cons

    None that I have found

    Summary

    Finds the clutter with one click. Removes with another click

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use. Executes quickly."

    May 3, 2013  |   By Mid_Man

    Version: CCleaner 1.07.233

    Pros

    Simple, streamlined screens make setup easy. Executes quickly.

    Cons

    There are no cons.

    Summary

    Good utility. One of a few that I have used for years. Plan to use it to wipe hard drive.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My favourite cleaner"

    March 1, 2013  |   By Paul McNulty

    Version: CCleaner 1.06.208

    Pros

    I used it on my PC and now I use it on my iMac.

    Cons

    I have not run across any.

    Summary

    I highly recommend this cleaner as one with confidence from past experience.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what is says if you read the directions first"

    August 19, 2012  |   By arahaim

    Version: CCleaner 1.04.148

    Pros

    FREE!! IF you read the directions first, and take the 5 minutes to get familiar with the control screens, it does what is says it will do -- on both Mac OS X and Windows 7. I cleaned out more than 450MB worth of junk (each) on three separate machines; the oldest a 4.75 yr old Mac Book Pro. Even my three week old Mac Book Pro was faster after I did all the initial set up and data transfers.

    Now I run the program every day on my laptop before shutting down for the night; and on my wife's at least once a week.

    Cons

    The directions are not the best, and I almost deleted some items that were program required. BEFORE you delete anything the first time, scroll through all the file names.

    Better to have to do it a few times than have to re-install a needed program.

    Summary

    Worth the time and did I mention, it's FREE!!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Oh dear ... not up to prime time yet!"

    July 23, 2012  |   By BSpotter

    Version: CCleaner 1.04.148

    Pros

    It was certainly fast in analyzing my Mac.

    Cons

    Not certain that the program is playing ball with me. It states my Safari cache is about 1.2 GB but when I examine the cache in the library it only appears to be 300 MB. besides, I can delete this from Safari. Also, it doesn't fill me with happiness that there is no warning that deleting cookies will also delete some useful passwords as well. Choosing which cookies to keep is actually in the options menu.

    Summary

    HEY SHARWY! IS YOUR CAPS LOCK STUCK? Just to point out that you have damned the Windows version here but this is the Mac version page. Ah well!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Stellar program - AS ALWAYS!"

    July 11, 2012  |   By dugzer

    Version: CCleaner 1.04.148

    Pros

    Simple to use
    Easy to understand interface
    Fast, efficient cleaning of general crap
    Ability to save cookies for your favorite or frequently visited sites
    Works on the Mac just like the Windows version on the PC

    Cons

    Listening to bad reviews on this great "freebie app" written by people who should not own a computer or at least never do any maintenance themselves

    Summary

    I've used the Windows version of CCleaner ever since I found and learned about it on Download.com many years, operating systems and computers ago. The savvy user will always read the basics at least and learn how the program functions to know what it will do for you. This program is one of the "must haves" in your toolbox for keeping your computer in top shape and like-new performance. I add this app to ever computer I have worked on for family and friends because it works that good and is pretty much idiot proof (with the exception of one reviewer so far).
    The Mac version loaded easily in my wife's iMac (3 yr old). Her iMac was experiencing some sluggish performance and odd behaviors but still worked OK - just not as quick as it use to be. Mind you - I don't use her Apple computer (or this would have been tinkered with months/years ago) and it was a wise investment to stop her from dealing with the varied issues Windows PCs seem to always have. Macs just simply work without all the cryptic messages you encounter on a Windows machine (at least prior to Windows 7 - but that's another review).
    Anyway, the CCleaner for the Mac did the quick analysis (less than 30 seconds) and came back with a whopping 1.7 Gigabytes of junk it could clean up from using the original settings of the app. Most users would not need to set it to do anything more. The speed increase was immediate and incredible! This application should be used regularly and especially anytime you experience a glitch, strange or unusual activity.
    I did not lose anything that was not safe to be deleted - remember that I am using the basic settings that the application initially comes with. The only addition I included was to identify the cookies of websites I wanted to keep.
    This is a great program from the folks at Piriform who have provided the end user with a freebie app that does a superb job. Both thumbs up!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "wiped my entire hard drive clean"

    July 3, 2012  |   By sharwy

    Version: CCleaner 1.04.148

    Pros

    NOT A SINGLE ONE

    Cons

    IF YOU WANT TOO WIPE A HARD DRIVE THEN BY ALL MEANS DOWNLOAD IT. I USE MY COMPUTER FOR WORK AND I HAD TO REINSTALL WINDOWS I DELETED THE PROGRAM FROM ALL FIVE OF MY COMPUTERS.

    Summary

    DON'T GET IT

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Greatly Improved Over First Version"

    May 30, 2012  |   By bilbodaggins

    Version: CCleaner 1.03.131

    Pros

    Supports secure deletion (1, 7, and 35 passes). Simple, unimposing user interface. Supports most apps that are commonly used on Macs.

    Cons

    There have been some serious complaints in the past, however this program has evolved considerably. Please give it a try, as none of the cons listed in the past still apply. As a former Windows user of CClearner, I highly recommend this.

    Summary

    Give it a try, I think you'll like it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Horrors. It wiped out my hard drive."

    February 24, 2012  |   By fgreenhut

    Version: CCleaner 1.01.106

    Pros

    None thatI ever found out about

    Cons

    It wiped out my hard drive, Thank God for back up

    Summary

    It too 5 years off my life

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  • 1.0 stars

    "'Erase Free Space' Erased 25 GBs of disc space!"

    January 18, 2012  |   By Danihilist

    Version: CCleaner 1.00.093

    Pros

    The cleaner worked just as well on my OS X 6.8 Core 2 Duo Mini as it does on Windows machines, giving me back about 3 GBs of disc space.

    Cons

    Erasing Free Space erased over 25 GBs of disk space. Started with a little over 55 GBs and stopped it from running when it got down to only 29.34 GBs of free space left.
    No idea where it went.
    Nothing in support about this. No way to contact them without using the wrong form (which I did) or buying the product per their instructions to "click on the icon below" which was a 'Buy' button.
    No idea how I'll get this space back.
    Triers Beware.

    Summary

    Pretty scary little utility when erasing free space.
    No options in Menu bar.
    Takes away free space.
    Cleans caches, etcetera just fine but I won't be trying it again until they can explain where the free space went and how to retrieve it.
    It made a backup file of some sort but there is no documentation about that that I could find.

    Updated on Jan 18, 2012

    This was put in a review of the Mac version. How it got to windows is beyond me just as the missing free space is.

    Updated on Jan 18, 2012

    Glitch on cnet is how. Now I'm back on the Mac software page.

    Updated on May 12, 2012

    Thanks eightclicks.
    I talked to a Windows user friend that told me to let it run. It does that with disc space until it's done. Then it's freed up.
    Nice if they'd have put that notice somewhere. If they did, I missed it.

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