MacCleanse provides a suite of features to keep your computer running smoothly and to ensure your privacy when you're on a shared machine. It works to free up space through a combination of actions, and its intuitive functionality make it a great tool for quickly eliminating all kinds of unwanted data.
Protecting privacy: Especially if you're not the only one who uses a particular computer, you may not want to leave traces behind of where you've been and what you've been looking at. This app lets you quickly remove all evidence of Web browsing, as well as any other unnecessary files and data that have accumulated over time.
Associated file removal: Another handy section of this app is the App Removal area, which lets you simply drag and drop in apps that you want to delete. In addition to deleting the app itself, this software also finds and removes all kinds of associated files, so you're not left with a bunch of unrelated junk, even after the unwanted app itself has been removed.
Damaging deletions: Unfortunately, this software can also sometimes remove important files, and it does occasionally delete things, even when you deselect them manually. That makes it a somewhat dangerous app to use for beginners, who may not be fully aware of what they should and shouldn't delete, or who don't know what to do if something vital is accidentally deleted.
MacCleanse is a powerful software, and it offers a lot of nice features with multiple built-in benefits. It may be a bit unwieldy for beginners, and its tendency to delete items that you've manually instructed it not to is troubling. The App Removal section is particularly helpful, though, as it can be hard to manually find and remove all files associated with an app when you're ready to delete it.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of MacCleanse for Mac 5.0.3.
From Koingo Software:
Most of us know the pain of using a shared computer. Privacy is a valued commodity in today's world, and maintaining it does not have to be a hassle. MacCleanse securely scans your system for activity and erases the desired information. Sure, you could go rummaging through your entire system trying to manually clean out your files, but what if you miss something? What if you accidentally delete a crucial file and lose important data? Don't take the risk. Let MacCleanse carefully and precisely scan and incinerate only what you choose. Whether you've been gift shopping online, discussing confidential business matters, visiting inappropriate web sites, or just want to clean out your system, MacCleanse is your savior. Unlike some other privacy protection tools which go through your system with brute force, MacCleanse has been thoroughly tested and only removes the necessary files, and reports all errors.
Erased the Junk Mail info in Mail Restarts became troublesome
MacCleanse seems to have removed any information regarding what distinguishes real mail from junk mail. Now everything hits my mailbox and the computer needs to relearn the information it had been gathering for years.
To add insult to injury, my rMBP refused to boot if a certain USB drive was attached. I had to repartition the drive before the computer would reboot with it plugged in. Part of my troubleshooting was to reinstall the OS which had no effect, meaning that MacCleanse did something to a drive it was not asked analyze or modify.
I was fortunate that I received MacCleanse for free in a bundle, but if I had paid for it I would have been very upset.
Wasting an evening troubleshooting my boot problems and now having to tell Mail which emails are junk is too high a price to pay for 1.9 GB freed.
I deleted the program and feel much safer and happier for having done so.
BTW, all this was done on a 2012 rMBP running OSX 10.9.
This is a great app for keeping your Mac in tip-top shape. It is probably on the most useful applications I have on my Mac. Keeps my computer clean and gives warning when folders take up too much memory.
It will occasionally freeze my Mac and cause a reboot, but works well otherwise.
There is no such word as 'irregardless'. If you do not know simple spelling/grammar, how can you intelligently make inferences about this or any other program? Look it up in a dictionary: use of the utterance "irregardless" is stated in some dictionaries to be a sign of ignorance and the uninformed. Wipes out your 5 star rating as being credible.
When it comes to your privacy, you can delete the caches of lots of things on your computer, which makes it harder for people who like to snoop to find out what you were up to. Apple does take care of a lot of stuff but one thing they don't do is what this program does. They should have their own program just like this (with a few tweaks) because in this world, privacy is key.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I read the instructions, set the preferences and selected the files I wanted deleted. MacClease deleted only the files I selected and immediately recovered 5GB of disk space. It worked the first time I tried it.
I am no Einstein but this is not difficult software to use. The instructions are minimal and if I was unsure what I was deleting, the information panel told me what I was doing in plain English.
I can think of more complex software or confusing procedures to do what MacCleanse does so handily but that doesn't seem like a productive use of time and energy.