Where has this great app been hiding all these years? On Windows PCs. Yes, folks, CCleaner has come to the Mac and it promises more than your local politicians. How can this well-known utility app optimize a Mac, clean a Mac, and make your Mac more secure and run faster?
Well, that’s what CCleaner says it can do, and we all know that whatever is good for Windows users must be good for users, too, right?
Whenever I run into apps like CCleaner I want to laugh, cry, spit up what I’m drinking, and take to drinking something stronger. All at the same time.
For some reason, CCleaner has been downloaded nearly one billion times. It’s designed to optimize PCs by cleaning cookies and browser history files, delete what’s in the Trash, and remove unused and old registry entries.
Wait. That’s for Windows PCs.
CCleaner for the Mac claims to clean your Mac which somehow optimizes it, and removes cookies and browser histories (cache files), which somehow makes your Mac more secure, and all that put together makes your Mac faster.
It couldn’t be easier to use something that doesn’t really do much for your Mac.
Open CCleaner and click on the Cleaner button. Select what you want to clean and click the Clean button. Do the same for Applications.
The Tools button can uninstall some apps (not very well, I might add), repair permissions (something which the Mac’s Disk Utility already does), and can erase free space (of course, if it’s space that’s free isn’t that erased already).
The Options button lets you look at a giant list of browser cookies for which you can decide to keep some or delete some (pretty much the same thing is in Safari’s Preferences).
I suspect that most Mac CCleaner users are switchers from Windows PCs, where CCleaner is enormously popular. There’s isn’t much offered in CCleaner that Mac users truly need or that can’t be handled already or that other popular Mac apps can’t do better.
I’d say caveat emptor but CCleaner is priced right.