How to Clean Mac Files

By Mario Calhoun

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

Step 1

Open your Internet browser. Go to 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.”

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Check the box next to “Force Empty Trash” and click the “Run” button.

Step 6

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.”

Step 7

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.