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Can anyone could recomend me a good app to clean my mac?

i have my computer to slow, and i dont really dont know about a app to clean my mac 10.10, so i will apreciate that some one could help me on that. Smile

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As the name says https://macpaw.com/cleanmymac does the job.
Alas, I have no comparison to judge the app, but it did free my installations of some gigabytes of junk over the years.
Regarding the OS speed, I did not feel much difference (if any) before/after cleaning.

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i will like better a free program (Im out of money)

Jatoba's picture
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If you can use an SSD and upgrade RAM to at least 8GB, you may also notice a huge improvement, in case those are missing.

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lol my comptuer alredy have 8GB of RAM

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Onyx is free. https://www.titanium-software.fr/en/onyx.html
What kind of computer are you using, Esfratch?

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Im using a mac computer(Laptop)

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How much free disk space do you have?
Did you run the built in repair program in Disk Utility?

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EtreCheck runs a series of performance tests on your Mac. Some people apparently swear by its usefulness, but I've never used it. There's a free download version, but the pay-for "Pro" version will probably be needed for some functions.

Sometimes the best way to reinvigorate an old Mac is to simply wipe the drive (make a backup first!) and reinstall a fresh version the OS. That way you get rid of lots of crud that has built up and no longer needed.

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EtreSoft seems to have a long history with Macs, which adds to EtreCheck's credibility. They were previously known for a tool called "Decoder", available even for 68k Macs and Windows, to decode/decompress files.

The following paragraph is a bit offtopic, but their defunct www.etresoft.com website contains interesting archived software and information, in case anyone feels like going on a scavenger hunt. Currently the Garden hosts none of their programs.
PPC/Universal versions of EtreCheck seem to have existed, but I don't think archive.org archived any of those. So a hunt for a PPC version of that program in particular might have to be done in another address.

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I've created a page for Estresoft's Decoder, but I'm getting errors when I try to upload the StuffIt archive to a screenshot. Sad

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Solved it using the "force HTTP" trick in Firefox. Etresoft's Decoder 3.1 is now uploaded here. I think it's may be a newer version of the same-name app by Harmony Software - maybe they simply changed the company name.

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Nice page, thanks! I forgot to check for Decoder itself, my bad, I had searched only for "Ethersoft" and "EtherCheck", with this thread as the only result. As for Harmony Software, yep, it seems to be indeed their former name, as they briefly mention in a 1999 mirror of their website: "Etresoft lives! I have finally purged all the reference to Harmony Software. All you will see now is the phrase 'formerly Harmony Software' every so often."

It always surprises me just how much software is out there for Mac OS and Mac OS X PPC, and how much more can still be provided to the Garden. I somehow always seem to underestimate it, and get surprised each time.

I'll make a page for Decoder 4.0.4 (last version overall, Universal binary, OS X only) later today. Or should we merge and keep all Decoder pages together in a single page?

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Personally I'd probably put the 4.0.4 version onto the page I made (removing the version number from the page title), just to keep all the Etresoft versions together ... but really it's up to the admins.

I looked through the Macformat cover disk / CD database I've got and found Decoder listed a few times. I'll check what version it on the CDs later and upload them if they're different.

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Just to confuse things even further, the Macformat CDs contained older versions of Decoder published under a third name, so I've added a new page for these Columbine Technology versions and added a MaxOS X version to the Etresoft page. Puzzled

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Thanks for creating the pages and uploading those versions. It took me longer to do what I said I would, but I finally updated the Decoder (Etresoft) page appropriately, as well. Took quite a bunch of effort and research. Tired But now it's as complete as it can be, as far as researching and milking archive.org goes. (In fact, the versions you uploaded were all unique and not archived by archive.org at all! Of course, they are still there.)

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The only maintenance tool I use nowadays is OnyX. I used CleanMyMac in the past when they had some free licences.

Another free option is CCleaner for Mac. I use the free Windows version all the time.