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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
    I'm a relatively new Mac convert and looking for advice on Mac utilities. Can someone tell me which of the two 3rd party software programs provides a better system hygiene function:

    Mackeeper
    Clean My Mac

    I'm looking for specific reasons why one over the other.

    Thanks!
    Rick

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    I don't believe I've seen either one of them recommended by long time users of OS X during the time I've been a member of this forum.

    Most common recommendations will be:
    Onyx
    MainMenu
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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    +1 for OnyX

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Onyx for me as well.

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Yet another √ for OnyX.

    For removing unwanted applications completely however - strongly recommended over just using Trash - then any one of AppCleaner, AppZapper or CleanApp (my pref) is desirable.
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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    G'day and welcome to the forums. Have you done a search at all as there has been some discussion on problems removing these utilities?

    Use Onyx and/or MainMenu, not the utilities you suggested.


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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    For freebies, Onyx, MainMenu, and IceClean are tops. The only payware utility I would recommend is TinkerTool System. It does most of what the freebies do, but does have a few tricks up its sleeve that they don't.

    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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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
    Yet another √ for OnyX.

    For removing unwanted applications completely however - strongly recommended over just using Trash - then any one of AppCleaner, AppZapper or CleanApp (my pref) is desirable.
    I recommend to use AppDelete
    http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete

    combine it with onyx for sufficiency

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Onyx and IceClean are the only apps you will ever need and they are free.

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    For freebies, Onyx, MainMenu, and IceClean are tops. The only payware utility I would recommend is TinkerTool System. It does most of what the freebies do, but does have a few tricks up its sleeve that they don't.
    I've been using IceClean....has been working fine, but how does it compare to the other two programs you mention. While not unhappy with IceClean, I'm always welcome to better options.
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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Another Onyx user here and it can be free but they do accept donations as well. If it works well for you...consider supporting the people that make it available. Much like this forum. If you find it useful...consider supporting the people who make it available.
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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    By the way, Onyx has a rather cool easter egg : ctrl+alt+click under the Onyx icon in the toolbar.

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virgeist View Post
    By the way, Onyx has a rather cool easter egg : ctrl+alt+click under the Onyx icon in the toolbar.

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    Need help deciding on Mac Utilities: Mackeeper vs. Clean My Mac
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virgeist View Post
    By the way, Onyx has a rather cool easter egg : ctrl+alt+click under the Onyx icon in the toolbar.
    Nice find

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