Clean It UP Mac
by Gary Woods
I've always loved little utility programs that do things to maintain your computer. Maybe that's why I stuck with the Atari computer for so long because they seemed to have a utility for everything on that platform
On the Mac there are a lot of free or in-expensive utilities that I've used over the years with Tech Tools Pro topping my hit parade. But, even with all the stuff Tech Tools accomplishes I still end up with a lot of junk on my hard drive. To get that "junk out of my trunk" so to speak I found CleanMyMac 1.9.1 (www.macpaw.com) .
This little utility digs down into the depths of your Mac's hard drive to find extraneous files such as unused language installations, left over or broken preference files, Universal binaries and a variety of other files that exist but aren't necessary on your Mac. Once the data has been identified you can choose which files you want removed and which ones you want to remain.
When I ran CleanMyMac it recovered about 10% of the space that was being used on my hard drive and so far I haven't found any irritating side effects. The only problem I did find was that it has an annual license fee of $29.95 which means you have to re-new the license every year.
If you're a cheap guy like me you might also check out the free Onyx for Leopard or Snow Leopard which does about the same thing.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc