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    Cleaning mac question

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    Cleaning mac question
    Hello,
    I know it's agreed upon that Macs don't need apps like SpyBot, antivirus, etc.
    However, I'd appreciate this community's opinion on a cleaning apps. What I mean is:
    1. Apps that find and help you eliminate duplicate files ( music, images, etc.) with high accuracy to prevent deleting needed files.
    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.
    3. Once, the junk files are removed. Is it recommended to defrag or otherwise scan a Mac to optimize its performance?
    4. Any other suggestion will be appreciated.

    Thanks and blessings.
    Gary

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    Welcome to the Mac Forums.

    Your Mac more or less takes care of itself and does not accumulate junk as most PCs do. Hence, no need for CCleaner or SpyBot apps. Nor does it really need to be defragmented.

    Download the free OnyX maintenance and cleanup tool. Follow its directions or run it in auto mode.

    And a word of caution: Stay away from MacKeeper. You'll see it advertised on many sites. It's pure junk, so avoid it.

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    Quote 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.

    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.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
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    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.
    Can I have a "hallelujah"!
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    Onyx seems impossible to download. Have tried it 5 times, and still failed. For some reason the downloaded file is not recognized. Tried both, the stable and the beta. No luck so far.

    On an unrelated topic, for a long while I have been curious about the File Cut function. It even is listed in the Edit file, yet it's grayed out. What's the deal with that? Cutting is a useful function.
    Thanks!

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    I have also noticed with onxy, is that when I go to update it, it reads error occured, please try again later. This has happened three times now.
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    Be aware there are many versions of Onyx out there and assuming you are using an Intel machine, your post does not provide this critical information, go to the Apple web site and download the correct Onyx there:-


    Apple - Downloads - System/Disk Utilities - OnyX

    If you are using an older PowerPC Mac, an older version will be required.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    I have downloaded the correct Onyx. I did the download from Apple. It runs fine and does the job well, other than the updates.
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    Many thanks!
    Just wanted to say many thanks to everyone who responded with advice!
    Thanks and blessings.
    Gary

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    Oops. I had to come back right away. I tried to run OnyX, and it won't run. When I click, it tries to start, but the application never opens. I have seen this behavior before. Does it mean this version doesn't run on 10.4.11?
    Thanks.

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    Just saw it's for 10.6 and up. Will try to find a previous version...
    Thanks again.

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    Is there a direct link for this that works? I've tried:
    -typing in "OnyX" on the Apple website
    -the link above

    All of them redirect me to this page Apple - Downloads

    Can someone help me navigate to the website where I can download OnyX?

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    Try using a better search engine - Yippy. There, you'll find this link at the top...
    Download OnyX for Mac - OS X maintenance & optimization tool. MacUpdate.com

    It has downloads for new and old versions of OSX.
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    I have to laff at some of the replies here about being a full time "manager" if you are on PC.

    I'm finding the same thing with being a relatively speaking newbie to the mac scene. Not that I want to let my guard down entirely as it relates to viruses and malware and junk, but you're right, it takes a while to adapt the mindset.

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