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Originally Posted by garybry View Post
1. Apps that find and help you eliminate duplicate files ( music, images, etc.) with high accuracy to prevent deleting needed files.
Really, this starts with the user.

Once the damage is already done, you can use Duplicate Annihilator for iPhoto duplicates, and scripts from Doug Adams (not the dead one, another guy) to do the same for iTunes.

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2. Apps that can scan the machine and help you remove unneeded files, such as temp files, cache, installation files, etc., etc., etc. In other words, an app like CC cleaner, etc. Even though the Mac is not too vulnerable to spyware, I am certain it still acumulates a lot of just junk that can be cleaned out.
Not really. You're WAY overthinking this ... let go of the PC paranoia (or OCD disorder, whichever is driving this).

The OCCASIONAL use of a tool like OnyX is MORE than sufficient for healthy maintenance along with good practices like regular backing up and keeping a fair amount of free space available at all times, quitting programs when you're done with them and so forth.

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3. Once, the junk files are removed. Is it recommended to defrag or otherwise scan a Mac to optimize its performance?
Nope. Again, most of this is not really necessary. Congratulations on moving to a platform where you no longer have to be a full-time "manager" of the computer.
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