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What do you recommend to use for system cleanup and optimization on a Mac?

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I recently bought a Macbook and I am wanting some advice on what software to use for system optimization, RAM optimization, disk clean-up, etc. I'm thinking of something similar to Advanced System Care or CCleaner used for Windows. I have looked at MacBooster (macboost.net) but it is fairly expensive. Thanks for any input!
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by:Peter Loobuyck
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What's the problem? Why would you want to do this?
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You really don't need to do anything on a Mac.  The system takes care of itself.
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I am not having any issues yet, I would like to make sure that I don't! I want to be able to remove junk files and unnecessary cache files to free as much disk space as I can and keep it tidy overall. I can go in there and do it manually, but I'd rather do it automatically. I am new to Mac.....maybe the OS has a system cleaner/optimizer built in? I'm used to Windows stresses. :)
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by:Peter Hutchison
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Try Washing Machine for Mac and costs just £24.99 ($41.99). Halve as much as MacBooster.
Visit http://www.macwashingmachine.com/
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by:Clayton Decker
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I have also seen good reviews of Onyx and there is a CCleaner version of Mac. What do you all think of these options?
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Onyx works fine to clean up caches and run maintenance scripts, but frankly it is not needed on a Mac. Run them if it makes you feel better but you won't notice a difference. I certainly wouldn't pay money for this sort of utility.
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So how does the OS optimize and clean up itself?
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It automatically runs maintenance scripts at 3:00 am and defrags the disk automatically.
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Is it true that a SSD should not be defragged?
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The SSD is so fast, there is no point in defraging. SSD's have a limited number off writes and there is no point wasting them by defraging.
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Great, Thanks!
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