Dr. Cleaner: A Great Way to Clean Up Your Mac


A while ago, I started getting the annoying ‘startup disk almost full’ message on my MacBook Pro.

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I emptied ‘Trash’ but that didn’t seem to do much.  Next, I deleted the contents of my ‘Download’ folder. I also moved some files to iCloud. This freed up several gig so I thought I was good to go. But, before long, the dreaded message started to appear again.

I was unsure what to do next so I searched the Mac App Store for ‘disk cleanup’. I was presented with a mind-boggling list of possibilities.

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I always go with a free option first when there is one.  Since Trend Micro’s Dr. Cleaner is free and has great ratings, I downloaded it. I needed to look no further.

Dr. Cleaner provides a simple, quick, and safe way to deeply clean your Mac disk. No system files are affected.

Dr. Cleaner deletes unnecessary files such as:


  • Mail Caches – Deleting mail caches, caused by opening and viewing email attachments, will not impact original email messages or email attachments.
  • Application Logs – Some applications create log files.
  • Application Caches – Caches speed up the performance of some applications but some applications do not delete their caches and temporary files after use.
  • iTunes Temporary Files – I found this to be my main culprit. Using iTunes to upgrade your iOS device and install apps  generates a lot of temporary cache files. Deleting these files will free up disk space. No music, photos, or other personal documents are deleted.

The interface is very clean and easy to use.  In addition to cleaning up your hard drive, it will also optimize memory. It was able to decrease my memory usage from 81% to 55%.

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In order to clean up your hard drive, you need to identify your Home folder and allow Dr. Cleaner to access it. The name of this folder is typically your first name. Mine is named ‘judy’.

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The first time that I ran the disk cleanup, I had it delete mail files that had been cached. This freed up about 5.5 GB. I then had it clean up browser caches, iTunes temporary files and the Trash Can, which freed up an additional 16.0 GB. So I think that I’ll be fine for awhile.

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You can keep Dr. Cleaner running to optimize memory and monitor junk files on an ongoing basis.

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All in all, I think Dr. Cleaner is a great app. It has a great interface and is an easy way to effectively clean up your Mac.


 

About the Author

Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at Junovo.com.

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