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    CleanMyMac Application question?
    Sorry again guys for bringing this up. Dont know which thread to post my nosy questions so since I'm still new to MACs might as well post it here.

    I downloaded CleanMyMac well to help clean up my MAC will all my unwanted files.

    My question is. Is right to clean the Caches? And what are they used for? I beg for forgiveness for my ignorance and naiveness but i'm no computer nerd.

    Hope someone will be good enough to help me out and pardon my ignorance.

    Thanks!!!
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    Mac is not an acronym. It doesn't stand for anything. It's just short for Macintosh, so there's no need to capitalise it.

    If you're using a utility program and don't understand what it's about to do, I'd stop and find out first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndope83 View Post
    Sorry again guys for bringing this up. Dont know which thread to post my nosy questions so since I'm still new to MACs might as well post it here.

    I downloaded CleanMyMac well to help clean up my MAC will all my unwanted files.

    My question is. Is right to clean the Caches? And what are they used for? I beg for forgiveness for my ignorance and naiveness but i'm no computer nerd.

    Hope someone will be good enough to help me out and pardon my ignorance.

    Thanks!!!
    cleaning out application caches usually frees up quite a bit of space on your drive, and usually doesn't cause any problems. its good to do it every now and again, it gets quite clogged up. thing is, caches make your apps load faster, and deleting them means they need to reload the cache. its great for stuff like web browsers: where you download stuff you dont need (i.e ads), but other apps it doesnt really do much. my safari cache usually gets up to about 1GB, so i usually clear it regularly inside the app.

    CMM can also strip unwanted languages out of apps, usually freeing up loads of space.

    be careful when stripping universal binaries. this is known to mess up a lot of apps, including CS5. I wouldn't do it to anything you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndope83 View Post
    I downloaded CleanMyMac well to help clean up my MAC will all my unwanted files.
    Be very careful with this sort of utility. I hear from at least a couple of folks every year who have either damaged their computer so that it won't run, or who have lost data that they really wanted to keep, as a result of using this kind of utility.

    If your hard drive is filling up, a new external hard drive is very reasonably priced these days. It's smarter to add storage space than to go to any extremes deleting things on your old hard drive. Chances are that you will need the extra storage space fairly soon anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by johndope83 View Post
    My question is. Is right to clean the Caches? And what are they used for?
    A cache is code that has been stored to make things run faster on your Mac. For instance, your Web browser caches parts of some Web sites that you visit often so that when you visit again, those Web sites will quickly pop up on your screen. When you visit that Web site, there is no need for our Mac to download the information again using the relatively slow speed of your Internet access; instead much of the site is available already and quickly accessed from your hard drive. See:
    Cache - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The problem is that over time, some of your caches can become stale, overly large, irrelevant, or worst of all corrupted. So it isn't a bad idea to occasionally (maybe ever few months, or when your Mac or a certain program starts acting funny) clear your caches.

    Quote Originally Posted by johndope83 View Post
    I beg for forgiveness for my ignorance and naiveness but i'm no computer nerd.
    There is no need to apologize for not knowing what you don't know. We're here to answer your questions! At one time every single one of us knew nothing about computers, and asking questions is a big part of how we all learned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Mac is not an acronym. It doesn't stand for anything. It's just short for Macintosh, so there's no need to capitalise it.

    If you're using a utility program and don't understand what it's about to do, I'd stop and find out first.
    Ummmm, he did stop and ask!
    So kind of you to help.
    Sheesh

    Thank you robduckyworth and Randy B. Singer for being a little more helpful to the OP.

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    For cleaning my Mac I just use the Maintenance App.
    And you can get it here.
    Titanium's Software • Home

    This app is a similar thing to Onyx on the same site. But it's much more streamlined and easier to understand. Just click the boxes you want to and it'll complete the tasks. And you're mac will feel like new again. Well almost . I do this every month or two and it helps.

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    thanks for the replies and lessons guys!!! I really appreciate the help!!!
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    oh by the way... wouldn't it be redundant if i download Onyx since i have CleanMyMac if both apps do the same thing (or do they?)? sorry again for all the questions.
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    ???

    Do they do the same thing? I don't know. And I don't believe you'll find many folks that would be familiar with that app except other newbie switchers that went and bought it out of their windows habits before coming to ask what apps they should get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndope83 View Post
    oh by the way... wouldn't it be redundant if i download Onyx since i have CleanMyMac if both apps do the same thing (or do they?)? sorry again for all the questions.
    CleanMyMac isn't free. Onyx is. Onyx is well known and held in high regard. CMM isn't held in such high regard (see prior replies in this thread). The only app of this class I would consider paying money for is Tinkertool System. It has some helpful explanations of its tools, and has a couple tricks up its sleeve that I've not seen elsewhere. And it's a more reasonable price.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    I think one of the most important points in this thread is something you might have missed - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    This isn't Windows. There is no need to do "preventative maintenance". There is no registry to corrupt, nor is there any major concern over fragmentation. If you're not having a problem, I would just leave it alone.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6string View Post
    LOL ...and I get bad rep for my post
    If my post was somehow unhelpful, off-topic or otherwise not in keeping with the tone of the forum, please clarify. Right now, I'm not seeing it.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    If my post was somehow unhelpful, off-topic or otherwise not in keeping with the tone of the forum, please clarify. Right now, I'm not seeing it.
    Sorry cwa107.... that sounded like I was referring to your post, but I wasn't!

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    Read this (Several parts long), then decide if you still want CleanMyMac on your system.
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