CleanApp 2.4 Review

Why doesn’t Mac OS X have a facility for removing unwanted applications? Windows has one built in and most applications on that platform have their own uninstallers. Mac applications scatter P-lists and libraries throughout your hard drive, cluttering it up and slowing it down.

You can manually remove most applications using Spotlight, but it’s a time-consuming task. CleanApp automates the process for you – offering a range of ways to delete unwanted applications.

Start up CleanApp, then drag and drop unwanted application folders or icons to the big blue cross. The freeware wonder searches your hard drive for support files and generates a list. Check to make sure they’re right, then hit Delete Files to rid yourself of the unwanted app.

Method two: click Applications and you’re given a list of all executable programs on your hard drive – similar to Windows’ Add/Remove Programs control panel. Pick a package and search for dependent files. Again, a full list is generated and you can choose which to keep, delete or archive (and back up that archive to your .Mac account). CleanApp also scours your machine for unwanted Widgets, scripts, plug-ins and preference panels. It’ll even generate a list of your least used files, clean out your cache and hard disk bloating language packs.

OUR VERDICT

CleanApp doesn’t do much you couldn’t do manually with Spotlight and the Trash Can – but it does it much more quickly.

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