FinderCleaner
FinderCleaner
1.9

3.8

FinderCleaner free download for Mac

FinderCleaner1.9

09 January 2006

Removed hidden files that the Finder creates. (was iCleaner).

Overview

FinderCleaner cleans hidden files the Finder creates. These files can be annoying in mixed OS environments or they might even cause some devices like mp3 player to not function correctly. Useful for USB sticks or mp3 players for example.

FinderCleaner cleans the following items:

  • .DS_Store files
  • Resource forks
  • FBC files
  • .Trashes

FinderCleaner can also eject a volume in a clean way so no new mess is being created.

What's new in FinderCleaner

Version 1.9:
  • Last "Variable not defined" bug fixed.
  • Secure password box (10.4 only)
  • More elegant versioncheck (automatic)

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How would you rate FinderCleaner app?

47 Reviews of FinderCleaner

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Steve-Hodgson
29 December 2007
Version: 1.9

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Like other reviewers here, I am wary of recommending this application because of the ping and curl requests it sends out. I have tried to contact the developer to ask why this is necessary on the basis that if I understood what was happening I would continue to use the app. I have never had a response so I use this app as little as possible, consider it to be seriously flawed and could not recommend it unless one had a pressing need for something of this type. I reckon that there is an opportunity here for a nice little app to clear Mac-specific files from removable media before ejecting. I constantly use media that will be used on Windows or other FAT formatted devices and find it frustrating to see these ‘hidden' files.
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Steve-Hodgson
29 December 2007
Version: 1.9
Like other reviewers here, I am wary of recommending this application because of the ping and curl requests it sends out. I have tried to contact the developer to ask why this is necessary on the basis that if I understood what was happening I would continue to use the app. I have never had a response so I use this app as little as possible, consider it to be seriously flawed and could not recommend it unless one had a pressing need for something of this type. I reckon that there is an opportunity here for a nice little app to clear Mac-specific files from removable media before ejecting. I constantly use media that will be used on Windows or other FAT formatted devices and find it frustrating to see these ‘hidden' files.
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5
Viva
07 November 2007
Version: 1.9
Finder Cleaner does exactly what it is supposed to. It is reliable but has to be used with caution - it does execute destructive file manipulations, that's what it is for. To all comments complainig about the app having caused troubles: RTFM! And, btw, you can disallow it to phone home for updates (with Little snitch, for example) and it works well nonetheless.
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Akrobat
23 July 2007
Version: 1.9
Well I for one found this app very useful. Any chance of a UB or Intel version?
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Garyi
16 March 2007
Version: 1.9
They should have called this the magical crash machine.
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Itkito
07 November 2006
Version: 1.9
i have problem with FinderCleaner 1.9 too, and unexpected i have FinderCleaner1.8 in old HD so i upload to this site, follow the link. http://savefile.com/files/234712
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Choopong-Tangusaha
18 August 2006
Version: 1.9
I used to used 1.8 and think it better than 1.9 because when I open 1.9 it always take sevaral time and not reapond often. So I have to force quick all time. I cannot back to use 1.8 because I didn't backup 1.8.dmg and no more to download ringht now. Very dissatisfy.
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Crucial
18 August 2006
Version: 1.9
This looks like just the app I need, something to delete all those .trashes and .ds files on my USB thumb drive so that when I mount the drive in windows, half the files are not junk. It says that it will scan a folder or volume, delete all those pesky files and then eject the drive. When I launch the app and select my drive it gives me the option to select just a folder (the folder had 5 items, but FC reported deleting 40 .ds files), but it then looks like it deletes all the .ds and trashes file on the drive. When I click on eject nothing happens. The drive remains on my desktop. If I pull it out the system gives me an annoying warning not to do that, and when I mount the drive on my windows machine I see FinderCleaner has done absolutely nothing.
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Norton
02 May 2006
Version: 1.9
everytime i open this it says There is not enough memory available to use the specified item.
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Timgoeree
13 December 2005
Version: 1.8
If you encounter problems please email me with some details like OS version and description of the error. Then I can actually try to solve it.
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Lady8
04 December 2005
Version: 1.8
1.8 keeps giving me the error variable not defined so i cant use it either. it would be really useful if i could use it as my SE phone does get crappy .ds files and ._ mp3 files which cause my phone to play erratically. please fix this version. thanks Jan
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2.75
Anonymous
25 November 2005
Version: 1.8
v.1.8 keeps on giving me the "The variable "button" is not defined" message, so it's useless for me like v.1.7 was. last working version on my machine is 1.6. MacOS 10.3.9, iBook G4
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4.5
Anonymous
25 November 2005
Version: 1.8
Perfect this time around! Mac OS X 10.3.9 It now works flawlessly removing the crap as advertised without the double errors from 1.7!! Cool, and it even supports drag 'n drop ! Only thing missing, are some options! I would like to be able to toggle the resource fork removal part on/off but still remove the rest of the invisible files. Thanks for some great software , keep up the good work!
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Anonymous
25 November 2005
Version: 1.8
I have't been able to connect to the site for the last two releases to download the program. Please provide an alternate site to download.
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Anonymous
24 November 2005
Version: 1.7
Garbage! Doesn't do anything but spew errors. Some password error and then even some stupid script error. Pathetic Don't waste your time folkd!
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Anonymous
17 November 2005
Version: 1.7
In v.1.6 the "Password" problem is fixed and it's running fine on 10.3.9. In v.1.7 another problem is introduced. As soon as a folder or an usb stick is chosen, a message appears complaining that "The variable "button" is not defined", leaving no other choice but to quit. Funny too that the v.1.7 download is containing a prog that identifies itself as "findercleaner 1.8 (exe)" in the menu bar. If working, this is a very useful utility, but, alas, not all versions have been working as expected so far. Anyway: thanks to the developer for keeping on trying.
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4.25
mika67
27 September 2005
Version: 1.5.2
Great job, it's just hard to find on the web. And it works almost good, under OsX 10,3,9 with USB key STF, because i need to unplug the key and then replug for FINDERCLEANER do the job ??? See you later for an up-date
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24 September 2005
Version: 1.5.2
Unable to run program get error message Unable to run script Droplet due to program error Mac OS10.2.8
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3.5
Anonymous
19 September 2005
Version: 1.5.2
I just tried it and I am getting the "The variable thePassword is not defined." message. It seems I am not the only one judging by the other messages on his web site (with 10.4.2 as well). Any word on an update to fix this? Am using 10.3.9.
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Anonymous
01 September 2005
Version: 1.5.2
Does this not work in Tiger? I'm running it as a drag and drop app..as a work flow...and it's just not deleting the files.
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Anonymous
20 August 2005
Version: 1.5.2
still waiting patiently for the fix announced on 7/26/2005
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Anonymous
03 August 2005
Version: 1.5.2
Great app for my K750 ! Thanks !!!
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Anonymous
26 July 2005
Version: 1.5.2
I will fix the issues as soon as possible. I hope to have an update out before week's end.
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LD
25 July 2005
Version: 1.5.2
Works nicely on my 256MB USB disk. I put the small app on my desktop so I can just drag the mount on to the app when I want to eject the disk. Thanks for the great app!!
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4.25
Anonymous
23 July 2005
Version: 1.5.2
Hey developer, we are having password problems. You need to fix this. Otherwise, this is a nice program.
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Anonymous
23 July 2005
Version: 1.5.2
Great app but this version is giving me an error: The variable thePassword is not defined". It then does not eject the my flash drive and I get an error that I did not safely remove the drive. Stick with 1.5.1 until the author fixes this error.
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Anonymous
16 July 2005
Version: 1.5
Using FinderCleaner 1.5 on a TransFlash card with a mobilemate sd+ sandisk USB reader/writer. Worked great the first time I used FC1.5. Loaded TF card into my phone and walla I could actually read the images and play mp3's from the phone. (Only 4 images and 2 mp3's). So I loaded up(not to full capacity) the 256 mb tf card with mp3's and ran FC1.5 and the little b/w spinning icon started and I waited and waited and waited and finally had to force quit the FC1.5. I'm a bit confused on why this would be. If I could figure out why the program is hanging that would be great. I appreciate your time in writing this program and the value it has for getting info over to my phone. I would gladly come back for a great review if I/anyone can figure out why the program is hanging. Or am I just that impatient. Thanks. M. Running OS X Panther 10.3.9
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Anonymous
14 July 2005
Version: 1.5
And if people like CB3 would read the readme file they would know that it's not for use on Mac volumes but deveices like mp3 players.
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Anonymous
14 July 2005
Version: 1.5
I've never even tried this program, but had a good laugh at CBC's idiotic comments below. Obviously these files are only useful on a Mac. Not on your flash drive, camera, mp3 player, cellphone. So delete at will folks.
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Cb31
13 July 2005
Version: 1.5
I'm not so sure I would call them "pesky" files. .DS_Store is used by Directory Services. If you have FBC files, it's because you're using FindByContent. Not all resource forks are useless. Finally, the .Trashes are used via the Finder for storing files you delete by emptying the Trash. Deleting any or all of these files you may find certain functions no longer work or programs that no longer function.
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Anonymous
13 July 2005
Version: 1.5
Wow, I have been waiting years for an easy program like this. Cleaned almost thousands of those nasty ._ files. Now the PC folks wont try to open those up on the server anymore! Bonus for not crashing and deleting my entire drive!
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Anonymous
30 June 2005
Version: 1.4
I get this message "can't get name ofof application"Keychain Scripting" if I choose a file or any file. Is it keychain permission problem,what to do? I think ths software is great!!
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Anonymous
28 June 2005
Version: 1.4
Thanks developer - works fine with my SDcard for Ericsson MP3player (HPM-10).
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5
Anonymous
17 June 2005
Version: 1.3
It is so dang nice of this developer to provide this for free. Works great and helps me a bunch. Thanks.
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Anonymous
05 June 2005
Version: 1.3
Thank you! This small application does exactly what I was looking for - cleaning up the files on my Sony Ericsson K750i. Jan Erik
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4.5
Andrew-0a52b8ff
31 May 2005
Version: 1.3
Great Application, Thanks Developer! One feature suggestion: It would be nice if the application could use the system keychain to remember your administrator password so that you are not always typing it in. I use this app everyday multiple times and occassionally it gets old retyping my password. Thanks! Andrew
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Riccardo
16 May 2005
Version: 1.3
Do you have a brand new SonyEricsson phone? When you transfer files such as mp3s or images to it, some duplicates are listed on the phone? You can't figure out how to solve this problem?? Download this app and these problems will vanish!!!!!!!! Great application!
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4.5
Anonymous
16 May 2005
Version: 1.3
Exactly what I needed to clean the extra Mac-only files from my flash drive, which I use to transport files between a Mac and a PC at work. Thanks!
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Timgoeree
16 May 2005
Version: 1.3
Just curious, why do you care how big an application is these days? We have fast internet connections and hard disks that can hold 100's of GB's. It's 550kb and that's not too large I think. The app itself is only 96kb but the dmg with text file make it 550kb. Code is pretty efficient as it is and if you think you can do better please do so. That will save me a lot of time. I made this app to be usefull to people, if you don't like it that's fine but please give a normal argument so I can improve things. Not some BS about it being 550kb. Thankfully I have a lot of users that are very satisfied with my product and who actually try to make suggestions to make this app better.
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Anonymous
16 May 2005
Version: 1.3
Yeah, but why is it 550 KB? Bad programming perhaps? Just curious ...
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Anonymous
26 March 2005
Version: 1.2
This is essential if you have a PSP and want to load it with pictures from your Mac. It strips away the resource forks which are the cause of the "Corrupted Files" you'll see sometimes with photos you load onto the PSP.
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lancealot
09 March 2005
Version: 1.2
I was getting tired of finding all these hidden files on my cheap-but-useful mp3 player. Basically the invisible files on the Mac are visible on the player and are subsequently displayed as songs, however they don't play.............very confusing. So I search MacUpdate for 'hidden files', find this app, download and use it. PERFECT!!! All the hidden and DS files gone. Now I don't know what the problem was with the idiots who posted below, perhaps as the developer mentioned they don't read the instructions. In either case I give it 4 stars 'cause it's a good app and works well. I'll stop short of 5 stars 'cause there's always room for improvement :-). Keep up the good work.
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Anonymous
06 March 2005
Version: 1.2
I bet the next review is from someone saying that you shouldn't use this on an osx volume.
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Timgoeree
24 February 2005
Version: 1.2
For starters, I don't write this comment to defend myself or my app. I understand some people see problems in using it. That could be the case but it does what it should and claims to do. I hope this explains what and why to people who don't read manuals. You're absolutely right about the .DS_Store files. You should not remove them from you OS X volume. This app wasn't designed to do that. I made it for external deveices like usb keys or mp3 player. The program will let you remove everything, it will warn as of version 1.2 if your trying a HFS volume but it is up to you wether you'll do that or not. To most people cleaning their OS X volume will not even be a problem although it isn't recommended. Resource forks are another thing offcourse. The reason the program deletes them is because it was written to clean ALL Macintosh mess. Why? Simply because some deveices seem to choke on the mess your Mac leaves. Warnings and what the app exectly does are all in the readme. I wrote this to be helpfull, not to get people into trouble. If you don't read the manual and screw up something that's not my problem. The description is clear and if you are unsure about this being safe or not you probably shouldn't bother.
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Anonymous
23 February 2005
Version: 1.2
Don't delete DS_Store files, unless you want to recustomize all you're folder settings again. List view, side panel icons etc... They take up bugger all disk space, let sleeping dogs lie.
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Timgoeree
29 January 2005
Version: 1.0
You should indeed not run this on an OS X volume, it won't cause problems if you're only running OS X exept for the trashcan wich won't work until reboot. There is no real point in removing resource forks from a mac volume anyway so just don't do it. I expect people to read the readme file wich does specify that you shouldn't use this on a mac volume. Nevertheless I agree that this could be made more obvious to the user so I will look into this.
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Anonymous
20 January 2005
Version: 1.0
Do NOT run this on ANY volume except ones for portable media players, cameras, etc like the author suggests. This really needs to be made much clearer....
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Anonymous
20 January 2005
Version: 1.0
I'm very curious about this. Has anyone tried cleaning the resource forks on an OS X volume without Classic installed? It wouldn't bother me a bit to delete my resource forks if I could be assured it wouldn't hose OS X.
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