OnyX (Mavericks) for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 16 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.8.7
File Size:
14.45MB
Date Added:
July 21, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac/OS X 10.9
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' Note: Download.com has removed the direct-download link following the publisher's request and offers this page for informational purposes only.

Editors' review

OnyX (Mavericks) for Mac is a maintenance and optimization software tool created to evaluate the integrity of startup files, but it can do more than checking and verification. As the name implies, it works best with Mac OS X 10.9 or the Mavericks version.

Pros

Enables modifications on Mac OS X elements: OnyX (Mavericks) for Mac does a great job at bringing out the functions you may not know in Mac OS X. You can modify the Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, Mail, Spotlight, and the Log-in, as well as disable the creation of DS_Store files. You can also specify the format of the images saved during screen captures.

Comprehensive cleaning: The Cleaning function provides a quick way to clean the system and user cache, font cache, browser cache, system logs, automatically saved documents, temporary and recent items, and the Trash.

Automated system tasks: With this software you can automate maintenance, rebuilding, and cleaning tasks. These tasks include the repair of permissions, execution of maintenance scripts, display of folders' contents, cleaning of cache, and the rebuilding of Spotlight and Mail indexes.

Cons

Dangerous for inexperienced users: Given the extent of system modifications it can implement, Onyx is not intended for those who lack the right know-how in changing advanced configurations. There are several warnings in the application, but there is no way to stop unintended changes. OnyX is a tempting tool for those who are trying to become advanced users.

Cannot be password-secured: If it's used on a shared computer and falls in the hands of inexperienced users, it may cause system problems.

Bottom Line

With its neat layout of buttons and configuration screens and comprehensive cleaning features, OnyX (Mavericks) for Mac proves to be an accessible system optimizer. If you run Mac OS X 10.9, this is one application you should consider using. You don't even have to spend a cent for it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Used since 2008"

    April 03, 2014   |   By Sputerkar

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    1. Easy to understand and follow assuming directions supplied are read
    2. Reliable when appropriate version is used for MacOS
    3. Keeps maintenance items close at hand and not all have to be used.

    Cons

    With older version of Mac OS, when Mac wasn't so active, about running application that Apple had not approved of and was not selling to developers with Apple blessing and approval, this application could be updated easily.
    Now however because Apple has chosen to control application to some degree we much all wait for update versions to post AFTER beta is done. This is NOT developer's fault to the extent Apple is trying to control what is or is not loaded to OS 10.9.x

    Summary

    I have found this application to be reliable and actually credit it with it's support of keeping my Mac running smoothly and effectively.

    Updated on Apr 3, 2014

    If there are issues with downloading from CNet try Titanium Onyx directly from their website.

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  • 1 stars

    "Spigot Adware with this download"

    January 08, 2014   |   By gribensk

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Onyx is awesome

    Cons

    Downloading via Cnet installs adware that changes your browsers to Yahoo search and installs third-party extensions

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD via Cnet. Go to Onyx's site unless you want adware installed.

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  • 4 stars

    "Disappointed in CNet Policy"

    November 29, 2013   |   By lastcall123

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    OYNX for mavericks behaves like previous versions. Still a good utility

    Cons

    CNET should not wrap add ons or malware type software on downloads.

    I understand their business model since the downloads are free but CNET should state in bold letters when there are add ons and what they are..

    Summary

    What I did and will now continue to do is; once I find software I like on CNET I will go to the developers website and download direct.

    I did this for OYNX and all is a-ok. No add ons.

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  • 3 stars

    "Onyx Good - Spigot BAD!!"

    November 26, 2013   |   By BKMiller

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Onyx is a great utility, and I won't go into its benefits for now...

    Cons

    Only after installing did I find out that the download also brought along a complete hijacking of the defaults in all three browsers I use: Safari, Chrome & Firefox. My default home pages and search engines were changed to Yahoo, and Amazon and eBay buttons added to my tool bars. CNET, you should be ashamed to allow this.

    I should note this is the second time that's happened to me, after downloading an update from CNET. It will be the last until this changes.

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  • 1 stars

    "Useless Mavericks version"

    November 20, 2013   |   By torquerulesok

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    OryX used to work fine, until the Mavericks update.

    Cons

    The software installs OK, does the initial HD check OK, then hangs on my MBA running the maintenance. The Activity Monitor shows 121 hangs over the past 10 minutes while OryX was running. Life is too short. I will uninstall it.

    Summary

    Avoid. A waste of time.

    (Hello, xtremeartist! Post your five cents here :-))

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  • 5 stars

    "Made my 4-year-old Macbook Pro run faster."

    November 18, 2013   |   By diannejp

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Easy to use. Gives warnings on why you may not want to perform some cleaning functions and maintenance. Warns when and why some functions might cause the computer to run slower as, for example, rebuilds caches.

    Cons

    I've experienced none.

    Summary

    For a couple of hours I had been trying several tips and techniques to make my Mac run faster. It was constantly running at a minimum of 50% CPU load, was heating up, and the fan was always running at high. None of the suggestions helped and then I found OnyX. After I ran through some of OnyX's cleanup routines and restarted the computer, I have had much better performance. Now I only notice a slight difference in performance during a backup.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best Mac utility. The same as always."

    November 16, 2013   |   By xtremeartists

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    1. Free
    2. Reliable
    3. Updated for Mavericks
    4. Individual versions for OS X 10.3 through 10.9 on Titanium Software's website (developer).
    5. Automation mode works flawlessly
    6. Change parameters in Finder, iTunes, Safari and more.

    Cons

    None really.

    Summary

    I don't know why there are a few negative reviews here on CNET. I can only assume they are paid shills for other paid software,,,,or complete morons.

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  • 2 stars

    "Onyx has lost control of functionality"

    November 15, 2013   |   By Doulos79

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Application update was out within 48 hours of the release of Mavericks... Titanium is dedicated to remaining on top of the game and providing it's following with the most current application available.

    Cons

    Titanium's reputation has built quite the following and high level of expectation. By and Large the application for Mavericks has quite the potential to hold true to the high standards we've become used to; however, this newest version was in my opinion rushed and not fully tested. Has many flaws that still need to be worked out.

    Summary

    I'd say the application still works at about 90-95% however when it decides to crash it does so... and when i run a maintenance - i get a false report stating my disk needs to be repaired. it's a brand new macbook air... and has been confirmed to be functioning as normal.

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  • 1 stars

    "Wouldn't download."

    November 14, 2013   |   By Oliver 70

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Since it wouldn't download I have none.

    Cons

    During the attempt to download the computer froze.

    Summary

    The other versions of OnyX I used were great but this version for Mavericks simply won't download.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not as good as previous (Mountain Lion) version"

    November 09, 2013   |   By merson1

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Useful utility.

    Cons

    Went through Automation OK until "empty trash" and then it froze.

    Summary

    Previous versions excellent but this version 2.8.1 needs more work.

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