How to Clean Mac Files
As you continue to use your Macintosh computer you may notice a lag in your system’s speed. This lag can be caused by your system’s cache being filled to capacity or because your RAM is being used by a number of programs that are currently running. A utility cleaning program can clean your files and optimize your system by repairing permissions and cleaning your system cache.
Things You'll Need
- Utility cleaning software
Open your Internet browser. Go to apple.com and click the “Downloads” tab. Move your cursor to the “All Downloads” tab on the left side of the screen and click “System/Disk Utilities.”
Click the “Most Popular” tab at the top of the screen, and click the “Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner” link near the bottom of the screen. Click the “Download” button.
Click “Windows” at the top of the Safari menu and click the “Downloads” button from the drop-down menu. Double-click the “Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner” tab and click “Agree” to run the program.
Click “Demo” to bypass the registration screen. Click the “Maintain” tab, then the “All” button to check all of the boxes in the window. Click the “Run” button.
Check the box next to “Force Empty Trash” and click the “Run” button.
Click the “Caches” tab and check the boxes next to “Clean Local Cache” and “Clean System Cache.” Check the box next to “Deep Cleaning” and click “Run.”
Type in your system administrator password, and click “OK.” Click “Restart” to restart your computer.
Tips & Warnings
- Most utility programs are shareware, which means to access all of the features you must register the software by purchasing a license.