Just looking to de-gunk my machine. No problems. Just feeling it time to de-cookie, de-spy, de-clutter.
There's a program called Onyx which is similar to the excellent CCleaner for Windows. Never used is personally though.
EDIT: I don't think it's an anti-spyware suite as such, but I would think that it should get rid of tracking cookies and the like.
I think it's called Cocktail, it's a Mac cleaner but i don't know about spyware because they seldom get that stuff.
I didn't think Mac's got bogged down with stuff like that. Doesn't OSX have a "Disc Cleanup" function built in...like windows? Sorry, I know next to nothing about Mac, but it is supposed to be superior in almost all ways to PC, so I assumed it had something built in.
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The only spyware I'm aware of for OS X is actually spread via social engineering - it poses as a media player for a shady porn site. Guys would download, install, and give it admin access but no porn would ensue, only humiliation. I like these guys already.
Seriously though, you can clean up cookies and cached stuff from inside Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera. Safari even has a handy reset button under Safari->Reset Safari... which will pop a dialog letting you select what all you want cleaned.
The only thing you can't get so easily is flash player's stored objects, more recently known as flash cookies. You can clean them up yourself by going to ~/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/ then looking in both the #SharedObjects and macromedia.com folders.(A quick way to get there is to select the path above and select Safari->Services->Finder->Open. Or focus the Finder and either select Go->Go to Folder... or hit Command-Shift-G then paste in the path.) Firefox also has a plugin to manage these.
EDIT: As far as system stuff goes, if you never leave your machine running overnight, it may not have run it's regular cleanup jobs, as they are normally scheduled for the middle of the night. A utility(or a few lines in the terminal) to run these wouldn't hurt. If you're running low on free space on your HD, running a contiguous free space defragmenter is not a bad idea.
Keep your desktop clean, as each icon requires an instance of NSWindow and so a fully cluttered desktop can make things a touch slower.
http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html is a good resource. He links to some helpful utilities.
Last edited by ParameterMan; 08-30-2010 at 08:43 PM.
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