• slider_bkg_nebula
    MacCleanse 4
    Version 4.2.3
    Most of us know the pain of using a shared computer. Privacy is a valued commodity in today's world, and maintaining it does not have to be a hassle. MacCleanse securely scans your system for activity and erases the desired information.
    Download Trial

Unparalleled Power

MacCleanse is the product of thousands of hours of intense research and development. It meticulously scans all of the nooks and crannies of a computer for unnecessary junk that can take up huge amounts of disk space!

Because of this, Apps in MacCleanse are also uninstalled correctly, catching the numerous logs, caches, plugins, and other resources left behind versus simply dragging them to the Trash.

Your privacy is protected and computer performance enhanced by MacCleanse as it wipes your web and app histories, and can toggle resource-hungry extensions!


MacCleanse can be configured to run daily, weekly, or monthly on a recurring schedule to ensure scans are performed regularly! No schedule set? It'll still remind you once in a while!
MacCleanse will prompt you to complete uninstall an app if you're incorrectly dragging it to the Trash.
Specify files and folders that should never get touched during a cleanup, or files that should always be erased.

Safe & Secure

Enhanced with the security of some of the most complex algorithms in the industry, MacCleanse ensures the data you want to keep is protected from erasure, while everything else is wiped! Detailed scan results also allow you to completely review what is to be removed prior to erasure.

Choose from a variety of erasure types from quick and simple to military grade. Ensure files are never undeleted even with the most powerful recovery tools!


Other Highlights

Web & App Histories

Erase app & web histories, cookies, caches, logs, and auto-fill values to both save disk space and protect your privacy.

Extension Manager

Enable or disable screen savers, web browser plugins, preference panes, login items, and system plugins on the fly; only loading them when you need them to save system resources.

Ditch Duplicates

Using the most sophisticated and safe algorithm in the industry, MacCleanse can identify and flag duplicate copies of files.

Login Items

Identify and disable unwanted login items that could be slowing down system startup times or hogging background CPU usage.

Slim Apps

Cut the fat out of installed apps by removing unused language packs and trimming off legacy PowerPC binary data.

Orphans

Find junk left behind by apps that were incorrectly uninstalled in the past.

Safe Cleanup

Automatically determines which files to remove to save space.

Custom Configurations

Create multiple custom cleanup configurations to remove only specific items.

Detailed Overview

Provides a complete breakdown of scans to clearly identify what is planned for erasure.

Uninstall Apps

Remove apps and all their associated logs, caches, preferences and more.

Detect Leftovers

Scan for items left behind by incorrectly uninstalled apps.

Trim Apps

Expunge legacy components of apps designed for backwards compatibility with older systems.

Language Cleaner

Remove alternative languages packs from apps you'll never use!

Find Old Apps

Lists installed apps that aren't compatible with your computer.

Manage Plugins

Save resources by disabling plugins, screen savers, login items, and more.

Archives

Locate files used to package downloads that are no longer required after installing apps.

Ditch Duplicates

Exhaustively locate duplicate files and erase copies that are taking up space.

Large & Old

Find old files that are taking up large amounts of space.

Eraser

Shred files with more security than the Trash; choose between fast or secure removal.

Automation

Schedule automatic system cleanup.

For the full or trial version of our app, please use the download links below. After installation, the trial will automatically begin. For users owning a valid license, unlock the software via the "Unlock Product..." menu item if necessary.

Current Version

Older Versions

These versions are no longer supported and are listed primarily for customers owning older licenses.

Name Version Size Date Platform Minimum OS Download
MacCleanse 4.0.9 15.47 MB January 20, 2014 Mac Mac OS 10.6 (Intel) Download
  Last Version for Mac OS X 10.6, Designed for Mac OS X 10.7 through 10.9
MacCleanse 3.3.3 13.60 MB May 1, 2013 Mac Mac OS 10.6 (Intel) Download
  Designed for Mac OS X 10.6 through 10.8
MacCleanse 3.2.1 21.31 MB October 16, 2012 Mac Mac OS 10.4 (PPC/Intel) Download
  Last Version for Mac OS X 10.4/10.5
MacCleanse 2.1.7 8.66 MB May 4, 2011 Mac Mac OS 10.4 (PPC/Intel) Download
  This version requires a special "fix" be implemented before being launched. See our FAQ entry about Secret Preferences and enabling Ultra Debugging Mode.
MacCleanse 1.5.8 7.60 MB May 9, 2010 Mac Mac OS 10.4 (PPC/Intel) Download
  Designed for Mac OS X 10.4 & 10.5. May work on earlier systems, but this is untested.

Running a MacBook Air with only 120 gigabytes of storage in it, I need every bit of it that I can preserve. MacCleanse is the perfect app to help me with keeping my storage use to a minimum and keep my Mac running smoothly. Everyone should own a copy. It's absolutely essential.

James White

Found and dealt with gigabytes of old caches.

Zoe Newberry

Does everything it's advertised to do. No disappointments or surprises save for the positive ones - I've very impressed with how much space it actually freed up in my system! This one is definitely a keeper. Koingo officially has me as a loyal customer until the day I keel over.

Melissa Marsh

So many essential tools in one package.

Nikki Wakefield

Saved my butt when my tech tried to sell me a pricey hard drive upgrade to get more space. As it turned out, I just needed to run MacCleanse and clean out all the junk that had been piling up!

Mark Hande

MacCleanse scanned every nook and cranny on my computer and found over two gigs of used up space that I never would've recovered otherwise!

Quinn MacDonald

MacCleanse has erased so much clutter so far that I'm not sure how I ever lived without it.

Danny Boone

This app is wonderful. Very simple to use but it does so much. I've recovered countless gigabytes of lost storage just by using this app and uncovering what I didn't even know I had in there. How did I ever live without this thing?!

Craig Nickson

The snappiest system cleaner on the market!

Lesley Kiswell

Took care of more duplicate files than I even knew I had.

Ursula Yale

All of our products come with a full set of licensing options: from single users and households to small businesses and larger corporations.


Personal Licenses

Student$15.95

Request
  • Renewal $5.00 subscription
    Upgrade $9.00 pay as you go
  • 1 Year Free Upgrades
  • 1 computer

Household$49.95

Order
  • Renewal $15.00 subscription
    Upgrade $25.00 pay as you go
  • 1 Year Free Upgrades
  • 1 household

Business Licenses

School$99.00

Order
  • Renewal $30.00 subscription
    Upgrade $50.00 pay as you go
  • 1 Year Free Upgrades
  • 1 school

Corporate$295.00

Order
  • Renewal $100.00 subscription
    Upgrade $150.00 pay as you go
  • 1 Year Free Upgrades
  • Unlimited

Our manual is always expanding! While we strongly believe our products as so intuitive you shouldn't need a manual, there are exceptions now and then. If you feel there is something missing from the documentation, please contact us.

Deleting files normally on a computer is done incredibly quickly - even if you are removing hundreds of GigaBytes. This is due to the fact that the files are not actually erased from the physical hard disk. The digital "link" to where the file is physically stored on the disk is forgotten and the icon disappears when browsing files on your computer. In time, new files will overwrite this location on the hard disk. This leaves deleted files to potentially be recovered by data rescue programs if they have not already been overwritten.

To ensure files are not just deleted, but actually wiped off the disk, enable the "Delete files securely" checkbox in the Options tab. This will delete the digital link to the file on the disk and then overwrite it once with random data ensuring it cannot be recovered with commercially available software. However, enabling this feature will substantially increase the time it takes to erase files.

Data on hard drives is stored magnetically and despite wiping data once, there may be a very faint magnetic presence of the old data left on the disk. Some advanced recovery businesses have tools which can read this trace residue and recover fragments of data or sometimes even entire files. The United States Department of Defense overwrites all of their hard disks seven times prior to disposal to maximize the inability for recovery. You can also enable this feature in MacCleanse in the Preferences window at the expense of dramatically increasing erasure times - by minutes, hours, or even days!

Presets are a pre-defined list of areas on the computer MacCleanse has been instructed to erase. This may be any number of configurations from just web site histories, to caches and Skype usernames, to the contents of the Trash and chat logs, and so forth. Presets allow you to easily, and quickly, remove precisely the data desired while leaving everything else intact.

Creating a Favourite Set

  1. Click "Cleanse" at the bottom of the main window
  2. Click "Quick Scan" on the left navigation
  3. Click "Advanced Scan"
  4. Check and uncheck the areas desired for cleaning
  5. Press the "Presets..." button and choose "Save as New Preset"

Checking and unchecking after the preset has been created will not affect the values saved in the preset. Re-selecting the preset from the menu will revert the changes made.

Modifying a Preset

  1. Click "Cleanse" at the bottom of the main window
  2. Click "Quick Scan" on the left navigation
  3. Click "Advanced Scan"
  4. Check and uncheck the areas desired for cleaning
  5. Click the "Presets..." button, hover over the name of the preset you wish to apply these changes to, and select the "Update" menu item.
  1. Delete /Library/ PrivilegedHelper Tools and com.bombich.ccc.plist in Library/LaunchDaemons and com.bombich.ccc.socket in /private/var/run for all types of apps. Maybe use Spotlight to find them so it's fast?
  2. Exclusions should prevent items from even showing up in result lists.
  3. Unused files to search by file type
  4. Sort By in main scan results window
  5. Choose original/duplicate to delete when scanning. May want to keep one or other.
  6. Remove Dock icon for app uninstaller.
  7. Checking/unchecking folder in the App Slimmer should check/uncheck all items within it.
  8. ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium support.
  9. Verify GlobalAuthorization.*DoStandardAuthWithResult ThreadForget.Event_Run not crashing.
  10. Avoid GlobalAuthorization and use helper tool for a string of commands.
  11. Allow folder exclusions in the Archives, Unused Files, and Duplicate Finder features.
  12. Do not clear out unchecked items from the results lists when cleansing.
  13. More easily use QuickLook to analyze Duplicate Files.
  14. Show file path in results lists.
  15. Thunderbird Mail cleaning.
  16. Additional support coverage of the AOL Browser.
  17. Clear FrontRow movie lists.
  18. Flush DNS Cache.
  19. Ability to clear iMovie Cache.
  20. Reset Font Cache.
  21. Adobe CSX, updates creates a folder in Applications called .AdobePatchFiles
  22. MacCleanse-MacPilot connectivity button.
  23. Never display cleanse log if all logging prefs are off.
  24. Remove Keychain Passwords.
  25. Allow the program to run silently in the background.
  26. Mail - Cleanse option for list of previous recipients.
  27. New cleanse item: Unison list of visited newsgroups. /username/library/application support/unison
  28. Google Toolbar cleanse option (particularly for Firefox).
  29. New cleanse item: Safari metadata > history. User Account>Library>Caches>Metadata>Safari>History
  30. Delete cookies and unwanted caches that come with Limewire, Frostwire and Gnutella Network download servers/programs.
  31. Delete fonts caches: /com.apple.ATS/, /Users/alextim/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS3/IllustratorFnt.lst, /Applications/Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional/Adobe Acrobat Professional.app/Contents/MacOS/Resourc, /CMap/AdobeFnt11.lst, /Users/alextim/Library/Acrobat User Data/8.0_ppc/AdobeSysFnt08.lst
  32. Cleanse option for printing history logs.
  33. Flock support.
  34. Hide the default applications listed in the sidebar.
  35. New cleanse options for SeaMonkey browser.
  36. Clear last login names from Second Life.
  37. New cleanse items from Intego's Washing Machine: Shiira, BumperCar, NetNewsWire, Postino, Google Earth.
  38. "One thing that I couldn't find an option to cleanse was the /Library/Updates folder - that was 2GB for me. Supposedly, looking online, it is safe to delete everything in the /Library/Updates folder (as long as you leave the ProductMetadata.plist file) and as long as you leave the /Library/Receipts folder (receipt of what HAS been installed) alone."
  39. For duplicates, ability to export the scan results to pages or numbers (or word or Excel) in order to investigate the duplicates.
  40. Expose "Sort by Size" as a listbox header for Duplicates, etc.

MacCleanse is a quick and efficient solution to purge histories, caches, logs, and more. Maintain your privacy and free up hard drive space! When first launching MacCleanse, the Overview window is shown and provides a basic outline of how much hard disk space can be saved by running a Quick Scan.

  1. Click the "Begin" button to get started.
  2. After the scan completes, a results list will be displayed.
  3. Review this if desired, and uncheck anything you do not wish to be removed. We've taken great care in developing our Quick Scan feature and we strongly feel reviewing this list is completely unnecessary. None of your photos, movies, music, documents, or personal data will be erased - just the junk!
  4. Click the "Delete Checked" button to purge the files from the computer.
  5. Quit MacCleanse - you're done!

It is also possible to increase the security when erasing files, so that they can never be recovered. See the "Options" tab at the bottom of the main window to enable a Secure Deletion mode. This will dramatically increase the time required to erase files, but they will never be able to be recovered! Do not be shocked if removing only a couple hundred files or few gigabytes takes upwards of an hour with this feature enabled.

Once MacCleanse earns your trust, enable the "Scan and delete immediately instead of showing results" checkbox in the "Options" tab. This will remove steps 2, 3, and 4 from the above list!

Are you a Power User and want additional flexibility for exactly what MacCleanse removes?

  1. Click the "Cleanse" button at the bottom of the main window
  2. Press "Quick Scan" on the left hand navigation
  3. Click "Advanced Scan" below the big blue "Scan" button
  4. Turn on and off specific cleanse areas using the checkboxes.
  5. Optionally, click the "Presets..." button and save this configuration for future use.
  6. Click "Begin Scan"
  7. Review the results list.
  8. Press "Delete Checked"
  1. One user reported that cleaning caches duplicates Automator iCal alarms.
  2. Remove Saved Application State if MacCleanse told to Shutdown Mac afterwards. Otherwise, it opens upon restart.
  3. "I regularly use MacCleanse however I have an issue with MacCleanse purging my Spotify locally saved playlist files. Are you able to a) build enhanced features for Spotify support into the product and/or b) communicate how best to work around this so that I don't have to re-download 10+GB of data on a download volume limited internet account (as all NZ ISP's have - annoying)."
  4. Investigate: IconKSW may be crashing on some files.
  5. Slimming apps that have been signed may break them.
  6. Slimming MS Office breaks it.

"Purge Locations", located on the sidebar of the main window, allows the creation of a list of files and/or folders to be erased with every cleanse operation. These items can also be erased using administrator privileges if desired by turning on the "As Admin" checkbox (not available in the 'App Store' version).

The "Erase Folder" checkbox will erase not only the contents of a purge location, but also the containing folder itself.

Easily enable or disable purge locations for later use by toggling the checkboxes in the leftmost column of the table.

MacCleanse cannot automatically be run on shutdown; however, Digital Sentry (another one of our products) can perform a web browser history purge on shutdown.

  1. Download and install Digital Sentry.
  2. In the Monitors window, create a new Monitor.
  3. Set the event to monitor being "Digital Sentry is about to close".
  4. Set the action to "Clean internet history".
  5. Configure the action by checking all items you wish to erase.
  6. Finalize the monitor creation.
  7. Ensure Digital Sentry is set to automatically launch on login. This can be done in the Preferences window.

Preferentially, we recommend using the "Schedule" feature at the bottom of the main window to run MacCleanse regularly.

To uninstall MacCleanse 4, download and run this utility:

MacCleanse 4 Uninstaller.app

MacCleanse can be automated using AppleScript. Simply run the following script to have MacCleanse launch and cleanse. In the Preferences window of MacCleanse, it is possible to specify an action like shutting down the computer, or quitting the program, upon successful cleanse.

tell application "MacCleanse"
BeginCleanse
end tell

Other commands include:

  • UninstallTrashedApps - scan the Trash for applications and offer to remove them in MacCleanse
  • OpenPreferences - open MacCleanse to the Options panel
  • RunScheduledScan - force MacCleanse to run as if the scheduler had called upon it
  • SecureEmptyTrash - open MacCleanse and prepare to remove the contents of the Trash securely
  • BeginCleanse - run a standard Quick Scan
  • BeginAdvancedCleanse - opposite of "BeginCleanse" - this will run the current configuration preset

Generally speaking, logs and caches are generated the by the operating system and will automatically be regenerated on the fly as needed and are of little to no use to the user. They can all be erased safely.

MacCleanse does not have a feature to erase Bookmarks in your web browser or contacts on your instant messenger list. Checking every option under either of these categories will never result in losing these items.

MacCleanse is a powerful tool that is designed to delete data. While it would be very difficult to unintentionally remove data you wish to keep, when using any other feature besides our safe-guarded "Quick Scan" tool, please take care when reviewing the files listed for removal. Once files have been removed, they are gone forever with very little chance of recovery - if at all. When in doubt: ask. Our customer support team is always happy to answer questions about MacCleanse and provide you the right direction.

An example of a mistake a user could make is under the "Unused Files" tab of the "Space Hogs" tool. Once scanning the computer, a user might think all files listed are great to delete. This is not the case! Just because a file hasn't been used in a while does not necessarily mean it's time to remove it. What about those family photos from your vacation to Disneyland 10 years ago, or the old love letters from your wife?

MacCleanse will NEVER remove files without prompting you and displaying a list of files flagged for removal first. When using anything besides the Quick Scan tool, ALWAYS review this list manually to ensure there is nothing you wish to keep.

Worst case scenario, if you have deleted some personal data by accident, your files may still be recoverable if the secure deletion option was not enabled in the Options tab. Programs like "Data Rescue" from ProSoft Engineering aid in the recovery of deleted files.

Deleting files normally on a computer is done incredibly quickly - even if you are removing hundreds of GigaBytes. This is due to the fact that the files are not actually erased from the physical hard disk. The digital "link" to where the file is physically stored on the disk is forgotten and the icon disappears when browsing files on your computer. In time, new files will overwrite this location on the hard disk. This leaves deleted files to potentially be recovered by data rescue programs if they have not already been overwritten.

To ensure files are not just deleted, but actually wiped off the disk, enable the "Delete files securely" checkbox in the Options tab. This will delete the digital link to the file on the disk and then overwrite it once with random data ensuring it cannot be recovered with commercially available software. However, enabling this feature will substantially increase the time it takes to erase files.

Data on hard drives is stored magnetically and despite wiping data once, there may be a very faint magnetic presence of the old data left on the disk. Some advanced recovery businesses have tools which can read this trace residue and recover fragments of data or sometimes even entire files. The United States Department of Defense overwrites all of their hard disks seven times prior to disposal to maximize the inability for recovery. You can also enable this feature in MacCleanse in the Preferences window at the expense of dramatically increasing erasure times - by minutes, hours, or even days!

Presets are a pre-defined list of areas on the computer MacCleanse has been instructed to erase. This may be any number of configurations from just web site histories, to caches and Skype usernames, to the contents of the Trash and chat logs, and so forth. Presets allow you to easily, and quickly, remove precisely the data desired while leaving everything else intact.

Creating a Favourite Set

  1. Click "Cleanse" at the bottom of the main window
  2. Click "Quick Scan" on the left navigation
  3. Click "Advanced Scan"
  4. Check and uncheck the areas desired for cleaning
  5. Press the "Presets..." button and choose "Save as New Preset"

Checking and unchecking after the preset has been created will not affect the values saved in the preset. Re-selecting the preset from the menu will revert the changes made.

Modifying a Preset

  1. Click "Cleanse" at the bottom of the main window
  2. Click "Quick Scan" on the left navigation
  3. Click "Advanced Scan"
  4. Check and uncheck the areas desired for cleaning
  5. Click the "Presets..." button, hover over the name of the preset you wish to apply these changes to, and select the "Update" menu item.
  1. Delete /Library/ PrivilegedHelper Tools and com.bombich.ccc.plist in Library/LaunchDaemons and com.bombich.ccc.socket in /private/var/run for all types of apps. Maybe use Spotlight to find them so it's fast?
  2. Exclusions should prevent items from even showing up in result lists.
  3. Unused files to search by file type
  4. Sort By in main scan results window
  5. Choose original/duplicate to delete when scanning. May want to keep one or other.
  6. Remove Dock icon for app uninstaller.
  7. Checking/unchecking folder in the App Slimmer should check/uncheck all items within it.
  8. ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium support.
  9. Verify GlobalAuthorization.*DoStandardAuthWithResult ThreadForget.Event_Run not crashing.
  10. Avoid GlobalAuthorization and use helper tool for a string of commands.
  11. Allow folder exclusions in the Archives, Unused Files, and Duplicate Finder features.
  12. Do not clear out unchecked items from the results lists when cleansing.
  13. More easily use QuickLook to analyze Duplicate Files.
  14. Show file path in results lists.
  15. Thunderbird Mail cleaning.
  16. Additional support coverage of the AOL Browser.
  17. Clear FrontRow movie lists.
  18. Flush DNS Cache.
  19. Ability to clear iMovie Cache.
  20. Reset Font Cache.
  21. Adobe CSX, updates creates a folder in Applications called .AdobePatchFiles
  22. MacCleanse-MacPilot connectivity button.
  23. Never display cleanse log if all logging prefs are off.
  24. Remove Keychain Passwords.
  25. Allow the program to run silently in the background.
  26. Mail - Cleanse option for list of previous recipients.
  27. New cleanse item: Unison list of visited newsgroups. /username/library/application support/unison
  28. Google Toolbar cleanse option (particularly for Firefox).
  29. New cleanse item: Safari metadata > history. User Account>Library>Caches>Metadata>Safari>History
  30. Delete cookies and unwanted caches that come with Limewire, Frostwire and Gnutella Network download servers/programs.
  31. Delete fonts caches: /com.apple.ATS/, /Users/alextim/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Illustrator CS3/IllustratorFnt.lst, /Applications/Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional/Adobe Acrobat Professional.app/Contents/MacOS/Resourc, /CMap/AdobeFnt11.lst, /Users/alextim/Library/Acrobat User Data/8.0_ppc/AdobeSysFnt08.lst
  32. Cleanse option for printing history logs.
  33. Flock support.
  34. Hide the default applications listed in the sidebar.
  35. New cleanse options for SeaMonkey browser.
  36. Clear last login names from Second Life.
  37. New cleanse items from Intego's Washing Machine: Shiira, BumperCar, NetNewsWire, Postino, Google Earth.
  38. "One thing that I couldn't find an option to cleanse was the /Library/Updates folder - that was 2GB for me. Supposedly, looking online, it is safe to delete everything in the /Library/Updates folder (as long as you leave the ProductMetadata.plist file) and as long as you leave the /Library/Receipts folder (receipt of what HAS been installed) alone."
  39. For duplicates, ability to export the scan results to pages or numbers (or word or Excel) in order to investigate the duplicates.
  40. Expose "Sort by Size" as a listbox header for Duplicates, etc.

MacCleanse is a quick and efficient solution to purge histories, caches, logs, and more. Maintain your privacy and free up hard drive space! When first launching MacCleanse, the Overview window is shown and provides a basic outline of how much hard disk space can be saved by running a Quick Scan.

  1. Click the "Begin" button to get started.
  2. After the scan completes, a results list will be displayed.
  3. Review this if desired, and uncheck anything you do not wish to be removed. We've taken great care in developing our Quick Scan feature and we strongly feel reviewing this list is completely unnecessary. None of your photos, movies, music, documents, or personal data will be erased - just the junk!
  4. Click the "Delete Checked" button to purge the files from the computer.
  5. Quit MacCleanse - you're done!

It is also possible to increase the security when erasing files, so that they can never be recovered. See the "Options" tab at the bottom of the main window to enable a Secure Deletion mode. This will dramatically increase the time required to erase files, but they will never be able to be recovered! Do not be shocked if removing only a couple hundred files or few gigabytes takes upwards of an hour with this feature enabled.

Once MacCleanse earns your trust, enable the "Scan and delete immediately instead of showing results" checkbox in the "Options" tab. This will remove steps 2, 3, and 4 from the above list!

Are you a Power User and want additional flexibility for exactly what MacCleanse removes?

  1. Click the "Cleanse" button at the bottom of the main window
  2. Press "Quick Scan" on the left hand navigation
  3. Click "Advanced Scan" below the big blue "Scan" button
  4. Turn on and off specific cleanse areas using the checkboxes.
  5. Optionally, click the "Presets..." button and save this configuration for future use.
  6. Click "Begin Scan"
  7. Review the results list.
  8. Press "Delete Checked"

"Purge Locations", located on the sidebar of the main window, allows the creation of a list of files and/or folders to be erased with every cleanse operation. These items can also be erased using administrator privileges if desired by turning on the "As Admin" checkbox (not available in the 'App Store' version).

The "Erase Folder" checkbox will erase not only the contents of a purge location, but also the containing folder itself.

Easily enable or disable purge locations for later use by toggling the checkboxes in the leftmost column of the table.

MacCleanse cannot automatically be run on shutdown; however, Digital Sentry (another one of our products) can perform a web browser history purge on shutdown.

  1. Download and install Digital Sentry.
  2. In the Monitors window, create a new Monitor.
  3. Set the event to monitor being "Digital Sentry is about to close".
  4. Set the action to "Clean internet history".
  5. Configure the action by checking all items you wish to erase.
  6. Finalize the monitor creation.
  7. Ensure Digital Sentry is set to automatically launch on login. This can be done in the Preferences window.

Preferentially, we recommend using the "Schedule" feature at the bottom of the main window to run MacCleanse regularly.

To uninstall MacCleanse 4, download and run this utility:

MacCleanse 4 Uninstaller.app

MacCleanse can be automated using AppleScript. Simply run the following script to have MacCleanse launch and cleanse. In the Preferences window of MacCleanse, it is possible to specify an action like shutting down the computer, or quitting the program, upon successful cleanse.

tell application "MacCleanse"
BeginCleanse
end tell

Other commands include:

  • UninstallTrashedApps - scan the Trash for applications and offer to remove them in MacCleanse
  • OpenPreferences - open MacCleanse to the Options panel
  • RunScheduledScan - force MacCleanse to run as if the scheduler had called upon it
  • SecureEmptyTrash - open MacCleanse and prepare to remove the contents of the Trash securely
  • BeginCleanse - run a standard Quick Scan
  • BeginAdvancedCleanse - opposite of "BeginCleanse" - this will run the current configuration preset

Generally speaking, logs and caches are generated the by the operating system and will automatically be regenerated on the fly as needed and are of little to no use to the user. They can all be erased safely.

MacCleanse does not have a feature to erase Bookmarks in your web browser or contacts on your instant messenger list. Checking every option under either of these categories will never result in losing these items.

MacCleanse is a powerful tool that is designed to delete data. While it would be very difficult to unintentionally remove data you wish to keep, when using any other feature besides our safe-guarded "Quick Scan" tool, please take care when reviewing the files listed for removal. Once files have been removed, they are gone forever with very little chance of recovery - if at all. When in doubt: ask. Our customer support team is always happy to answer questions about MacCleanse and provide you the right direction.

An example of a mistake a user could make is under the "Unused Files" tab of the "Space Hogs" tool. Once scanning the computer, a user might think all files listed are great to delete. This is not the case! Just because a file hasn't been used in a while does not necessarily mean it's time to remove it. What about those family photos from your vacation to Disneyland 10 years ago, or the old love letters from your wife?

MacCleanse will NEVER remove files without prompting you and displaying a list of files flagged for removal first. When using anything besides the Quick Scan tool, ALWAYS review this list manually to ensure there is nothing you wish to keep.

Worst case scenario, if you have deleted some personal data by accident, your files may still be recoverable if the secure deletion option was not enabled in the Options tab. Programs like "Data Rescue" from ProSoft Engineering aid in the recovery of deleted files.

  1. One user reported that cleaning caches duplicates Automator iCal alarms.
  2. Remove Saved Application State if MacCleanse told to Shutdown Mac afterwards. Otherwise, it opens upon restart.
  3. "I regularly use MacCleanse however I have an issue with MacCleanse purging my Spotify locally saved playlist files. Are you able to a) build enhanced features for Spotify support into the product and/or b) communicate how best to work around this so that I don't have to re-download 10+GB of data on a download volume limited internet account (as all NZ ISP's have - annoying)."
  4. Investigate: IconKSW may be crashing on some files.
  5. Slimming apps that have been signed may break them.
  6. Slimming MS Office breaks it.
Version 4.2.3 – December 15, 2014
Bug Fix: Fixed a long-standing issue where the universal delete panel would not default back to the in-progress screen and instead immediately show Erasure Complete.
Bug Fix: Fixed a long-standing issue where the deletion shells may bump into each other while running.
Coming Soon: Exclusions work program-wide.