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FinderClean is a powerful Finder optimization tool using built-in Unix system tasks to help your Finder stay healthy and to keep it running smoothly. FinderClean lets you execute the following tasks:
  • Rebuild Finder Menu Items
  • Dashboard On/Off
  • Three Spotlight features (Rebuild, Optimize)
  • Show Hidden FIles and Folders
  • Force Relaunch Dock
  • Show Finder 'Quit' Item
  • Force Empty Trashes
  • Completely remove .DS_Store Files
  • Desktop Screenshots CaptureOpening

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • Ready for OS X 10.6.5


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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GeoProf Member IconReview+880

I must struggle mightily to find a more superfluous thing than FinderClean (except maybe Lady Gaga). It does next to nothing, but you'll still have to poke around it for a while to learn just how to accomplish nothing. And apart from show/hide hidden files and force-empty the trash (functions covered by 2 or 3 other apps already on most everyone's HD), average users will have need of its other talents perhaps twice in a lifetime — maybe thrice for power users.

Oh, and it inexplicably crashed the first time I used it (which was also the last).

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Version 2.3

While it is basic in function, it is still extremely useful when you need it. Such a personal-sounding negative "review" shouldn't be posted here. Plus it's free. Can't beat that.

ColemanH Member IconComment+69

Hangs when deleting .DS_Store files

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Version 2.2
Macdentro.com (Developer) Member IconDev+3
Macdentro.com (Developer)

We submitted FinderClean 2.0.2 Version again.. that is IceClean zip package till we're going to fix Installer Package bugs.

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Version 2.0.2
sgginc Member IconComment+226

Used Pacifist to extract.

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Version 2.0.2
mruben Member IconComment+44

Installer proceeds normally, but doesn't actually seem to install the app - it's nowhere to be found on my hard drive. Weird.

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Version 2.0.2
locutisofbored Member IconComment-4

I should learn to read the requirements now, as this sadly does not seem to work with 10.4.10.

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Version 2.0
Peter da Silva

Yah, I'm a little disturbed by the people coming out with Leopard-only software less than a week after the release of the OS.

I thought Linux developers were bad about portability (it works on Red Hat 7 *and* RHEL 4!), but this is just silly.


I think that you can still get a Tiger version (1.0) at the developers pages

Peter da Silva

Like I said, I thought Linux developers were bad about portability.

Retaining compatibility with multiple versions of the same operating system is not a hard job. I've written software for 64-bit Alphas running Tru64... based on the last release of 4.3BSD before the 4.4 one that OS X is based on... that compiles and runs without change on 16-bit segmented pre-TCP/IP pre-BSD Microsoft Xenix, and I've got software I wrote 25 years ago for 6th and 7th Edition UNIX that compiles and runs without change on Tiger. I've written software that I've ported with *minor* changes to VAX/VMS, UNIX, AmigaDOS, MS-DOS, and CP/M-80.

Portability between two subsequent releases of the same operating system should be expected, not something that you blow off with "you can still download the no-longer-maintained old version".

Drdul Member IconReview+448

Handy little app! I just upgraded to Leopard, and was having trouble with the "Shared" section disappearing from my Finder sidebar. No matter what I did (including Go > Connect to Server), I couldn't connect to my MacBook Pro from my Mac Pro.

I noticed the new release of FinderClean, downloaded it, ran the "Force Relaunch Finder" utility, and voilà! The "Shared" section is back without the hassles of having to restart my computer or log out.

FinderClean includes some other nice utilities. I like the "Kill Dashboard" one, as I rarely use Dashboard, and the few times I do I'd like to empty the widgets out of memory afterwards. I have no idea what "optimize" Spotlight does, and there's no built-in help or detailed information on the developer's web site, but I ran it anyway.

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Version 2.0
misterfox Member IconComment-2

yea i like this app alot

'nuff said

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Version 1.0
MadMacMad Member IconReview+120

yup nice little tool...
works like a charm for me...
...have some trouble with my Finder. When i click on Applications in the Finder Window it clicks on Network.
I have to force quit the finder & then it works a while...

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Version 1.0

Installed this to remove DS file which it did, and then tried to uninstall by moving it to the trash. Would not go 'is in use' tried force quit and still wouldn't go. Help please, I don't like apps/utilities that you can't get rid of. Cheers

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Version 2.3
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Downloads 16,415
Version Downloads 2,716
License Free
Date 16 Nov 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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