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Old 05-14-2016, 05:18 AM
 
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Hello all,

I got a macbook for work and it is still running nicely after 2 years.
Now I wonder: do I need to use some program to clean it?
(I use CCleaner; a virusscanner and adaware for example on my other laptops, but for macs this does not seem necessary).

How do people here "clean" their macs? Anything I could do?
Or just erase the internetbrowser is enough to remove some of the unneeded use of memory?
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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Or just erase the internetbrowser is enough to remove some of the unneeded use of memory?
This is really not necessary unless you have a reason to delete them. I'm not familiar with Mac's but there should be setting for how much space the browser can use for temp files if for example you are running low on disk space. This just simply stores files like images, the file for the web page itself and other files required by the web page you have downloaded. The website can set a expiration date on them. If the file changes often they might set it to "no cache" for example and no file is stored.

The browser is going to check this cache first to see if you have cached version and it will load it from disk instead of downloading it. This cuts down on bandwidth which might be important if you have metered bandwidth and also saves the website some bandwidth, it can speed up pages especially if you have slow connection. This was really important feature back in the 56K modem days but still very useful. Once the allotted space is filled old files are purged automatically.

The cache can sometimes cause issues with some web pages where updated files are not downloading. Refresh doesn't necessarily cause cached files to be downloaded, you can force the browser to purge the cache for that page and download it and all the files associated with it by holding ctrl and then hit the f5 key.
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Old 05-14-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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If it's working fine why do you want to mess with it?
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Old 05-14-2016, 03:04 PM
 
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If it's working fine why do you want to mess with it?
That is just it: I have no idea!
With my other laptops I had to clean it once in a while or it would run slowly!
With the MacBooks: no issues at all! But I wonder whether I do not need to "clean" something haha
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Old 05-14-2016, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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You can always drag to the trash documents and other files you don't need, just stay away from the System Folders.

Then clean Safari as follows:
Under the Safari menu: "Clean History"
Under the History Menu: "Clear History." Choose "Clear all history" is you like, which in turn deletes cached files, cookies, and the rest.

Just keep in mind that it will also remove forum passwords and the like, so you must remember those, unless you have stored them in the Keychain.
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:29 PM
 
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That is just it: I have no idea!
With my other laptops I had to clean it once in a while or it would run slowly!
With the MacBooks: no issues at all! But I wonder whether I do not need to "clean" something haha
You might wind up with some old files your Library folder that you don't need, but in general no, you don't need to "clean" anything.
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:42 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Windex works for everything

Here you go. More than you ever wanted to know.
How to speed up a slow Mac - How to - Macworld UK
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:22 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Unlike Windows the Mac OS system is set up to not need regular cleaning or optimization, the system software updates take care of that mostly. The only other software that I have ever heard recommended for Mac by any reliable sources is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, mostly to take care of Mac oriented malware.
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Old 05-24-2016, 01:15 AM
 
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Unlike Windows the Mac OS system is set up to not need regular cleaning or optimization, the system software updates take care of that mostly. The only other software that I have ever heard recommended for Mac by any reliable sources is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, mostly to take care of Mac oriented malware.
Modern versions of Windows are set up the same (not to need regular cleaning or optimization).
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