Keep Your Mac Tidy and Fast with CleanGenius

Have you ever wondered why your Mac slows down after a couple months of use with no maintenance? Well, one of the reasons is because sometimes temporary files, which are supposed to be deleted, are kept without receiving any real use anymore. That, and of course, all the stuff that you have probably installed lately.

Luckily, we have a few apps that can help you keep a clean computer and a garbage-free hard drive. One of the newest options is an affordable alternative called CleanGenius. Is it any good? Let’s see!

Getting Started

CleanGenius

CleanGenius

CleanGenius has two versions in the App Store. One of them is the free one and the other one is the paid one, although there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the two. Right now, the paid one costs $0.99 cents and it claims to have a few more features, but they seem to be smaller customization features that you probably won’t miss in the free version.

Features

What the app does is clean your system from files (with your permission, of course) that you don’t need anymore and are only taking up space from your hard drive. Here’s a list of all the things it can clean up for you:

  • System and User Caches: Caches are temporary files that are meant to speed up things (like your apps), but sometimes they get clogged up.
  • System and User Logs: Logs record the activity of things like the apps that you run for various purposes.
  • Trash files: The files on your trash bin that haven’t been cleaned up.
  • Downloads: Files on your Downloads folder.
  • Uninstall Apps: Instead of deleting your apps, you can use this feature to not only trash the app file, but also remove extra files that might be around where you can’t see them.
  • Space Monitor: It gives you useful information about the drives you have connected, like your HDD.
  • Menu Bar component: Displays information about the connected drives.

Let’s get down to see how some of these work, shall we?

Cleaning

Caches

Caches

In order to select the files that you want cleaned up, you first need to scan your computer for them. You can do that by selecting the stuff that you want to be found (logs, caches, etc.). After you’ve selected these, you need to press the “Scan” button on the bottom left corner, which will start the scan. This might take a few minutes depending on how much clutter you have accumulated.

Once the scan is finished, the potential junk items that have been found will be shown under each category with some extra information like the name and the size of each file. You can then select which items you’d like to have deleted and which ones you’d like to keep. The “Clean” button found next to the “Scan” one will delete everything selected once you are ready.

Menu Bar and Extras

Uninstaller

Uninstaller

Along with the main cleaning features of the app, it also comes with its own menu bar component that personally I find a little too big and ugly, but I’m sure some people will find it useful. The icon is basically a huge green or orange status bar that represents the used and free space in your HDD. Inside the menu bar component, you can find more detailed information about not only your hard drive, but also every other drive connected to your computer, and you can even eject them right from the menu bar.

I should also further explain the app uninstaller. In the “Uninstall” section of the app, you can see a list of all the apps in your “Applications” folder and some information about them such as the date they were created and their Bundle ID. Here you can select any number of them and click the “Uninstall” button. A confirmation window will appear and once you select the “Proceed” option, the application will be erased. Unlike other apps of this type, CleanGenius does not give you a list of associated app files that you might want to erase too, which makes me think that maybe it doesn’t delete them like the competition does. Which brings me to the next topic, and perhaps the most important.

The Competition

Clean My Mac

CleanMyMac

CleanMyMac is the first app that comes to mind when you think of a “System Cleaner”. Admittedly, it looks like the UI designers for CleanGenius had it in mind as well, I would definitely like to see them come up with a more unique look for their app. CleanMyMac is a paid app ($30) that has been around for quite a few years now, and that does pretty much anything that you could expect from an app in this category. CleanGenius lacks a few features by comparison (Language files and universal binaries, for example).

For what it does though, I don’t think you can go wrong with CleanGenius. They are both very similar, in features and interface, and they both achieve more or less the same results (from what I have researched). CleanMyMac, being the older and more popular competitor feels more secure, especially since these types of apps sometimes handle delicate files, but in the end the price is an important factor as well.

Conclusion

CleanGenius is a cheap and very capable system cleaning app. In fact, for the price I was expecting to find something buggy and useless, but fortunately that was not the case. It might not be better than other alternatives like CleanMyMac, but is also isn’t as expensive. Especially for what it does and for what you are going to notice, I don’t think you can go wrong with it.

Have you tried this or other similar apps? Have you survived without a “cleaning” app on your Mac? Let us know in the comments!


Summary

CleanGenius is a cheap and very capable system cleaning app. It might lack some features that the competition has, but for the price you can't really go wrong with it.

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  • Manu

    CleanGenius Pro was on sale this week.

    I have CleanMyMac and thought about trying CleanGenius Pro. It was free for a limited time, so why not. Nothing to loose ;)

    First I let CleanGenius ‘clean the system’ and afterwards it was on CleanMyMac to show that it’s worth the price.
    Indeed, CleanMyMac found further 700MB CleanGenius didn’t. I definitely will stick to CleanMyMac!

  • Tim

    clean genius does bad job at uninstalling apps. You can check it by yourself by detecting all files connected to the app in cleanmymac and then after uninstalling app with clean genius you will can reveal in finder some files that weren’t cleaned.
    However clean genius is for free now, you can be used for cleaning cash, but definetly all in one solution for cleaning mac

    • landoncube

      The non-Mac app store version will get those apps deleted. The app store version is a bit ham-strung by Apple. Both online versions were free tos week, too.

      I read waaaay to many scary opinions about the unnecessary, destructive nature of Clean my Mac in forums. I tried the trial and, YMMV but, I found it cleaned very little.

      Clean Genius has helped me prep for a SSD swap job. I have chopped out more than a hundred GB of junk from my 16 month old Mac mini!

      • Tim

        What exactly does “hamstrung by Apple” mean? And, how do you know?

      • Tim

        Oh, perhaps you mean this: http://www.easemac.com/products/maccleaning-pro.htm

        That is a bunch of bs. About 85% of the apps on my computer required admin access to install. So this app is basically useless?

  • alfora

    I have yet to find a compelling reason why a computer will run faster when I delete a number of files that are not accessed by any application.

    Why does everybody want to delete temporary files? Why does everybody want to delete caches?

    Temporary files just use up space, that’s all. If they are not used by an application they behave just like any other block on your hard disk. It doesn’t matter if those blocks contain valid data or not.

    Caches make your applications run faster. If you delete them regularly you make your computer run slower because it has to rebuild all those caches!

    You CAN free up hard disk space by using a “cleaning” program, no question about that. But you CANNOT make your computer run faster. As long as you have enough hard disk space left for the operating system to use the filesystem efficiently and defragment it in the background you are fine.

    • eriptron

      Actually you are incorrect. How do you think your computer finds a file? File handles and file allocation tables. Every file on your hard drive is, in essence, indexed so that the file (and all it’s “fragmented” pieces) can be found. The more files the bigger that index table is (and the more fragmented the file) the longer it takes to find the file. I.e your computer slows down. Cache and tmp files can add a large amount of overhead as they are all indexed too. A friend of mine “never ever” deleted cache and tmp file and is computer slowed down to the point of not being practical to use. Cached and tmp file only speed things up “if” you are doing the same thing again that created them in the first place otherwise they waste disk but more importantly they 1) can slow your computer down and 2) when many, many of them exist they can actually cause program problems.

  • JD

    I just downloaded CleanGenius and was shocked to see that you can not sort the files by Size – which is the most important feature if you want to delete only large files!!!

    When you click on size KB’s and MB’s are mixed up!!!
    So this so called “CleanGenius” thinks a 800KB TextMate-Cache-File is bigger then a 790MB Safari-Cach-File!!! That’s unbelievable.

    I’m glad I have CleanMyMac to delete this crap from my System! ;-)

  • Tim

    Why does CleanGenius sport a Windows color scheme in its interface? Blue and green?

  • Maxim

    HAve you ever heard of the app called Mac Helpmate?It’s been around for ages and has tonns of features.Give it a shot!

  • Xcross

    Better stick to Onyx which doesn´t harm the system.

  • Ammar

    I use MacCleanse, complicated but do the job nicely, I get it for 0.99$, the usual price was 6.99$, I guess, worth the price, freed more than 2 giga.

  • Richard

    This looks pretty good, although a few weeks back, I bought Disk Doctor from the Mac App Store, which has good reviews and is a high ranking paid app. I run it every few weeks and it does improve the speed/functionality of my Mac.

  • phunkidude

    Main Menu all the way!

  • blazi

    test

  • alfora

    You might want to look up how HFS+ works. All directories and files are managed through B*-trees. The file system defragments itself and even calculates how often the files are accessed (adaptive hot file clustering). Files that are accessed more often are moved near the metadata blocks in order to minimize hard disk head movements.

  • jason

    Tried this and found it crashed a lot and didn’t ‘lean’ anything. Onyx is a better free alternative.

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  • James

    A good news that this clean software is giving away:

    http://www.easemac.com/landing/giveaways.htm

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  • ANNIE

    It was a bit confusing at first but in the end I found the duplicate finder AND REMOVER ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!!! I removed very easily 20000 duplicates from photo folders and several iphoto libraries. IT IS FANTASTIC AT DOING THAT . YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER TO CLICK THE UNLOCK AT bottom of screen to actually remove all the dulplicates BUT THEN IT IS EXACT EFFICIENT much much better THAN MANY PROGRAMS I HAVE TRIED IN THE PAST .
    I have been trying to remove all these duplicates for 3 years . Now i am going to try it for music!!

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