The modern Apple Mac computer is healthy and efficient, with the operating system taking care of all daily maintenance seamlessly and without interrupting the user. But then the users do what they do and use the machine, things are added, things are deleted, the disks are filled with data, and the machine starts to act a little less smoothly.
However, because these tools that keep your Mac healthy are so perfectly transparent and hidden, you have no way of knowing if they are performing correctly, if at all. The way to have peace of mind is to use a Mac utility to handle these maintenance tasks manually.
Simple and powerful
MacCleaner Pro 2 is the latest review of Nektony’s answer to the question: how can I maintain my Mac easily and quickly without expert knowledge. The answer is a suite of software tools that cleanly and automatically scan your drives and provide you with push-button tools to tune your Mac’s performance and efficiency.
The software contains four main modules and three Pro modules. The built-in modules are the Overview tab, Speed up, Cleanup, and Manage Disk. Additional Pro Modules extend the toolset with external applications, find duplicate files, completely uninstall applications, and analyze disk usage.
Seek and destroy
MacCleaner begins the scan as soon as you run it, scanning your currently mounted disks and partitions for anomalies. The first time you run the program, it may take a little while, as the software has to browse and index all of the content on your drive. It’s not too much time to scan it, but you might want to go grab some coffee while you wait. No rush, you want it to be full.
Once the scan is complete, you’ll see a quick at-a-glance overview of your machine’s current state, with a color-coded bar graph of your disk usage at the top and three large panels at the bottom. with performance details. problems, junk files that you can delete, and user files that may take up excessive space.
Clicking on the button below the first panel takes you to the acceleration tab where you can free up RAM (which in my case was 77% used) or disable those pesky startup apps. It’s quite common to clutter your machine with apps that run a boot assist app, yet you never use the app in question. A quick review of the apps you are running will let you decide which ones to kill.
Also on this tab you can reindex Spotlight, which may be out of date, although it usually takes a while, so maybe it should be done at the end of the day. Macs are happier when the Spotlight Search Assistant database is up to date, as it allows quick access to files once the machine knows where they are without explicitly searching for them. You can also reindex your mail database, another cause of slowdown issues.
The Clean Up section is for all of your files, including caches, installation files, language files (other than what you use or speak), and downloads you still have pending. These are all things that add to the load on your drive, and if you’re not using them, you should give them up. The tools in this section make it very easy for you to view and remove this heavy litter.
The next section is Manage Disk Space, which does a neat trick to help you find files that might take up too much space: it groups files by type. Click on a file type in the left column, and in the right column you have a selectable list that you can browse and decide if you still need those files. In this frame, there is a section for duplicate files, which activates the Duplicate File Finder application. Drop folders here (or use the buttons to scan your entire home folder), and duplicates can be found and removed.
Another module that delves into the content of your disks is the Analyze Disk Usage application, called Disk Expert. By using this tool, you can analyze and assess exactly how your disk space is being used.
The App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a safe way to completely remove apps and their dependencies – small files littering your machine that serve as the main application. Well-elevated apps keep all of this in the app container, per Apple guidelines, so you can just delete the app. – and it is deleted. But you can’t always count on the kindness of the developers, and if they’re lazy, it removes all of their orphaned junk files from your drive.
Safe and sound
MacCleaner Pro 2 is priced at $ 44.95, and there is a trial version available on the website. I love using this software: it’s clean, easy, and quick to identify the key areas where your Mac is suffering from bloat. I can recommend it to all Mac users, especially creatives rather than techies. The main advantage of this type of software is that it gives you the information you need to make good decisions about what to remove from your machine.
Of course, deleting files without knowing what they are can cause problems. The software is smart, and it knows all the system files that you shouldn’t touch, so it’s safe to use on your machine; However, you should still be smart and do a Google check before deleting files that you are not sure about. Let’s be careful there.
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by Nektony. Actual content and opinions are the only views of the author that maintains editorial independence, even when a sponsored article.
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