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    MacCleanse 7
    Version 7.0
    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.
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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

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 6.0.8 40.51 MB April 17, 2018 Mac Mac OS 10.10 (Intel) Download
MacCleanse 5.1.7 29.97 MB February 9, 2017 Mac Mac OS 10.9 (Intel) Download
MacCleanse 4.2.3 15.60 MB December 15, 2014 Mac Mac OS 10.7 (Intel) 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.

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Very good software.

Michael Miller

MacCleanse has done a great job cleaning my computer up and making it run faster. My Mac is 3 years old, and was running very slowly; after one cleanup, it was almost brand new! My only complaint is that it wipes all of my passwords from my web history, so if there was some way to bypass that it would be perfect.

Rachel D'Amico

I have used it over a year now and I find it to be rock solid. If a question comes up, tech support is quick to respond.

Phill Solow

Product is good. This product helps remove troublesome software. I have been using this product for a little bit now and things its an excellent tool for removing malicious software.

Warren Feit

My most-used utility. Daily cleansing keeps me feeling much better. Like the fact that MacCleanse in no fuss.

Simon King

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

Danny Boone

I don't fully understand what MacCleanse does other than apparently cleaning out useless files that take up unnecessary space. But I have no complaints about the product and, in general, like Koingo products.

Peter McCandless

A better cleaner and uninstaller than what I was used to before.

Opie Lund

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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.

For a single-page listing of all help entries, click here.

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 Settings tab under Cleanup/Recovery. This will delete the digital link to the file on the disk and then overwrite it 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.

"Blacklist" locations, located under the Settings tab, allows the creation of a list of files and/or folders to be erased with every cleanse operation. After clicking the + icon at the bottom of the list and choosing a location, press the pencil icon to edit additional erasure settings. These items can even be erased using super-user privileges if desired (not available in the 'App Store' version)!

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.

Customizing Cleanup Settings

  1. Click "Cleanup" on the toolbar of the main window
  2. Click "Configure" at the bottom
  3. Click "Custom Scan Settings"
  4. Press on the drop down menu and choose "Create New..."
  5. Enter a name, check the items desired for cleaning, and press the Done button.

After a scan has been completed, checking and unchecking items in the results list WILL NOT affect the settings from the scan settings.

Modifying a Preset

  1. Click "Cleanup" on the toolbar of the main window
  2. Click "Configure" at the bottom
  3. Press on the "Custom Scan Settings" drop down menu and choose the desired set.
  4. Click a second time on the Custom Scan Settings drop down menu and choose "Edit."
  1. Vacuum all SQL on hard disk
  2. Option to create a installer file that will reinstall all files removed.
  3. Yandex browser
  4. Exclusions should prevent items from even showing up in result lists.
  5. Choose original/duplicate to delete when scanning. May want to keep one or other.
  6. ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium support.
  7. Allow folder exclusions in the Archives, Unused Files, and Duplicate Finder features.
  8. Thunderbird Mail cleaning.
  9. Additional support coverage of the AOL Browser.
  10. Clear FrontRow movie lists.
  11. Ability to clear iMovie Cache.
  12. Adobe CSX, updates creates a folder in Applications called .AdobePatchFiles
  13. Never display cleanse log if all logging prefs are off.
  14. Remove Keychain Passwords.
  15. Allow the program to run silently in the background.
  16. Mail - Cleanse option for list of previous recipients.
  17. New cleanse item: Unison list of visited newsgroups. /username/library/application support/unison
  18. Google Toolbar cleanse option (particularly for Firefox).
  19. Delete cookies and unwanted caches that come with Limewire, Frostwire and Gnutella Network download servers/programs.
  20. Cleanse option for printing history logs.
  21. Flock support.
  22. Hide the default applications listed in the sidebar.
  23. New cleanse options for SeaMonkey browser.
  24. Clear last login names from Second Life.
  25. New cleanse items from Intego's Washing Machine: Shiira, BumperCar, NetNewsWire, Postino, Google Earth.
  26. "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."
  27. For duplicates, ability to export the scan results to pages or numbers (or word or Excel) in order to investigate the duplicates.
  28. Request Admin auth prior to a cleanse.

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 "Scan" button in the main window under the Cleanup tab.
  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 default normal safe-mode scan 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 "Erase" 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 "Settings" tab in the navigation area of the main window. Press cleanup on the sidebar, and then choose the Recovery Mode. Turning on secure erasure 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 "Skip right to erasing..." checkbox in the "Settings" tab under "Cleanup". 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? Learn more about Custom Scan Settings in other parts of this manual.

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) Issues

  1. Language cleaner may incorrectly report that languages have been removed when they haven't.
  2. Cookies may not be being removed in Safari 7.

Other issues

  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. Clearing user caches, or a feature similar, while MS Word is open will break MS Word until relaunch.

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, download and run this utility:

MacCleanse 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"
ScanFromSettings
end tell

Other commands include:

  • UninstallTrashedApps - scan the Trash for applications and offer to remove them in MacCleanse
  • ShowSettings - open MacCleanse to the Options panel
  • ScanScheduled - 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
  • ScanFromSettings - run the scan based on your current configuration
  • ScanSafe - scan using the default Safe configuraiton

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 normal-scan (safe-mode), 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 "Large and Old" tool of the "Files" tab. 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 Settings tab under Cleanup/Recovery. This will delete the digital link to the file on the disk and then overwrite it 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.

"Blacklist" locations, located under the Settings tab, allows the creation of a list of files and/or folders to be erased with every cleanse operation. After clicking the + icon at the bottom of the list and choosing a location, press the pencil icon to edit additional erasure settings. These items can even be erased using super-user privileges if desired (not available in the 'App Store' version)!

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.

Customizing Cleanup Settings

  1. Click "Cleanup" on the toolbar of the main window
  2. Click "Configure" at the bottom
  3. Click "Custom Scan Settings"
  4. Press on the drop down menu and choose "Create New..."
  5. Enter a name, check the items desired for cleaning, and press the Done button.

After a scan has been completed, checking and unchecking items in the results list WILL NOT affect the settings from the scan settings.

Modifying a Preset

  1. Click "Cleanup" on the toolbar of the main window
  2. Click "Configure" at the bottom
  3. Press on the "Custom Scan Settings" drop down menu and choose the desired set.
  4. Click a second time on the Custom Scan Settings drop down menu and choose "Edit."
  1. Vacuum all SQL on hard disk
  2. Option to create a installer file that will reinstall all files removed.
  3. Yandex browser
  4. Exclusions should prevent items from even showing up in result lists.
  5. Choose original/duplicate to delete when scanning. May want to keep one or other.
  6. ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium support.
  7. Allow folder exclusions in the Archives, Unused Files, and Duplicate Finder features.
  8. Thunderbird Mail cleaning.
  9. Additional support coverage of the AOL Browser.
  10. Clear FrontRow movie lists.
  11. Ability to clear iMovie Cache.
  12. Adobe CSX, updates creates a folder in Applications called .AdobePatchFiles
  13. Never display cleanse log if all logging prefs are off.
  14. Remove Keychain Passwords.
  15. Allow the program to run silently in the background.
  16. Mail - Cleanse option for list of previous recipients.
  17. New cleanse item: Unison list of visited newsgroups. /username/library/application support/unison
  18. Google Toolbar cleanse option (particularly for Firefox).
  19. Delete cookies and unwanted caches that come with Limewire, Frostwire and Gnutella Network download servers/programs.
  20. Cleanse option for printing history logs.
  21. Flock support.
  22. Hide the default applications listed in the sidebar.
  23. New cleanse options for SeaMonkey browser.
  24. Clear last login names from Second Life.
  25. New cleanse items from Intego's Washing Machine: Shiira, BumperCar, NetNewsWire, Postino, Google Earth.
  26. "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."
  27. For duplicates, ability to export the scan results to pages or numbers (or word or Excel) in order to investigate the duplicates.
  28. Request Admin auth prior to a cleanse.

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 "Scan" button in the main window under the Cleanup tab.
  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 default normal safe-mode scan 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 "Erase" 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 "Settings" tab in the navigation area of the main window. Press cleanup on the sidebar, and then choose the Recovery Mode. Turning on secure erasure 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 "Skip right to erasing..." checkbox in the "Settings" tab under "Cleanup". 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? Learn more about Custom Scan Settings in other parts of this manual.

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, download and run this utility:

MacCleanse 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"
ScanFromSettings
end tell

Other commands include:

  • UninstallTrashedApps - scan the Trash for applications and offer to remove them in MacCleanse
  • ShowSettings - open MacCleanse to the Options panel
  • ScanScheduled - 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
  • ScanFromSettings - run the scan based on your current configuration
  • ScanSafe - scan using the default Safe configuraiton

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 normal-scan (safe-mode), 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 "Large and Old" tool of the "Files" tab. 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.

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) Issues

  1. Language cleaner may incorrectly report that languages have been removed when they haven't.
  2. Cookies may not be being removed in Safari 7.

Other issues

  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. Clearing user caches, or a feature similar, while MS Word is open will break MS Word until relaunch.
Version 7.0 – May 14, 2018
Requirements: This version requires at least Mac OS X 10.10.
Upgrade Notes: Version 7 is a paid upgrade from version 6 and lower. Order an upgrade visiting our Upgrades Store

Users owing an active subscription to this product will get it automatically without additional cost. This upgrade is also free if ordering a non-subscription version within the last year. Visit your account and click the Upgrade link, if this applies to you, to obtain a free copy.
New Feature: Fully tested and ready for Mac OS X 10.14 when it comes out.
Coming Soon: Much more efficient way to recognize duplicate files.