CleanApp
CleanApp 4.0.8
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Application deinstaller and archiver.   Shareware ($14.99)
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CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.

Why does OS X need an uninstaller?

Have you ever unsuccessfully tried to get rid of a program and all the files that came with it? Are logfiles, plists and caches cluttering folders and volumes on your Mac? Don't you ask yourself from time to time where the multiple gigabytes of hard disk space continuously vanish to? Uninstall, archive, backup and analysis; CleanApp analyzes, archives and removes applications and on your Mac, complete with all relevant files.

New user
What's New
Version 4.0.8:
  • bug fixed which caused CleanApp to recognise phantom volumes while searching for applications
  • system path protection updated
  • problem fixed which occurred while contacting the CleanCommunity server
  • miscellaneous bugs fixed
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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CleanApp User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
(62)
Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
(160)

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+88
Markoh commented on 18 Mar 2014
I used AppDelete to get rid of CleanApp. Best move ever.
[Version 4.0.8]


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Djefis reviewed on 16 Mar 2014
I have always used CleanApp, but this version is too heavy. Too many resources are required for its use.
[Version 4.0.8]


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+6

+196

GeoProf reviewed on 20 Jan 2014
This was once the best app in its class, but now it’s a hot mess of disparate functions that are already offered for free in other OS 10.6.8 utilities. The extra capabilities are not well organized, and they seem to have been added just to make up for CleanApp’s poor performance at finding files associated with those the user wants to uninstall. In any case, these additional functions could not have been very difficult to add to this program because they’re all already part of the OS and thus constitute no creative value added, but rather they introduce unneeded UI confusion and complexity. Fundamentally, the additional functions just don’t belong in this kind of utility, in my opinion.

As I do every time it’s updated in the misguided hope that it might some day recapture its former glory, I just tested CleanApp against the latest versions of iTrash and AppCleaner, and it failed to find the associated files of 8 of the 9 apps I tried. Though the Clean Community was turned on and functioning normally, it aided the basic algorithm by a factor of exactly zero — that is, it had no effect. Conversely, iTrash found the expected related files for 8 of the 9 tested apps without using its ‘Expert’ mode, and it was 9 for 9 with ‘Expert’ mode turned on, even though it also found many superfluous files. AppCleaner found nothing but the target apps themselves. CleaApp and iTrash were tested with their respective system logging features turned off (AppCleaner doesn’t have one) because it makes absolutely no sense to me to have such a feature running all the time and slowing down the system (no matter what the dev and others may say, the more daemons and other such things that are running slows down system responsiveness — unequivocally).

Since iTrash is only $8 and CleanApp is $15, to me the winner of this exercise was clear. It makes no difference to me that AppCleaner is free, since it failed utterly to do its job in all the tests.
[Version 4.0.7]

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Sigil replied on 19 Mar 2014
Helpful!
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BigJohnson commented on 06 Jan 2014
Why would anyone pay 15 bucks for an uninstaller?! That's an outrageous price for what it does (and judging by the 2.5 star rating, it doesn't do well).

AppCleaner is absolutely FREE and highly rated (and works fairly well), and AppTrap is also FREE and well-rated.

This appears to be the most expensive and also the lowest rated of all the uninstallers still being maintained, so why even consider it?

If you really MUST spend money to convince yourself you're getting better software, then buy AppDelete (works very well) or iTrash for nearly half the price, and use the leftover cash to buy a 6-pack of beer or a couple gallons of gas.
[Version 4.0.7]

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Alexander Friedrich replied on 06 Mar 2014
Did you actually test the software?
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BigJohnson replied on 13 Mar 2014
Nope - that's why my message is posted as a comment, not a review. I'm simply trying to point people to better (and cheaper) options.
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+6

Schwity reviewed on 19 Dec 2013
Hi. I'm using CleanApp since version 3.x.
Of course in the beginning of version 4, its new interface and a lot of other changes, I was confused, too.
But through all the updates I have never had a strong problem, also with the optional protocol service you could activate to run as an background process.
With version 4.0.7 think the Synium Softwar has reached a level and a very useful application: stable, fast, reliable.
Up to now I can't find any problem.
[Version 4.0.7]

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Hal2007 replied on 20 Dec 2013
Slowly improving over previous versions.

Still, it's EXTREMELY SLOW. Especially if you once compare it to the free AppCleaner, which is blazing fast, and finds the same.
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Foto555 reviewed on 13 Dec 2013
This is the first version 4 that will launch without crashing. Now that i see what this app is all about and its features...i think it's great!
[Version 4.0.6]


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Lutz_077 reviewed on 03 Dec 2013
Ich habe die Version 4.05 deinstallieren ,üssen, da die App meine 16 GB RAM vollgemüllt hat. Darauf hin musste ich deb Rechner manuell neu starten, da das System zu keiner Reaktion fähig war. Die Meldung ging am 11. September an den Programmierer. Heute nach fast Drei Monaten hat der Geschäftsführer von Synium indirekt die Unfähigkeit der Programmierer bestätigt, in dem er an´wies mir mein Geld zu überweisen. Eine eigenständige Reaktion war innerhalb dieser Zeit nicht drin. Es wurde nur reagiert statt, agiert. Eine Lösung des Problems wurde meiner Meinung nach nicht einmal versucht.
Wie soll man den Inhalt der Mail:
"Bedingt durch Krankheit und die Konzeption der nächst größeren CleanApp Version war es mir zeitlich noch nicht möglich mit der Arbeit am nächsten Update bzw. der Testversion zu beginnen. Ich werde voraussichtlich im Laufe dieser Woche damit starten und mich - wie versprochen - bei Ihnen melden sobald ich eine erste testbare Version vorliegen habe."
sonst auch auslegen.

Eine weiter Hinweis auf fehlende Kompetenz;
"Ich hatte schlussendlich das Problem reproduzieren - wenn auch noch nicht lösen - können. Verursacht wird das Problem, durch eine sehr starke Auslastung der Festplatte (und das kann bei Programmen wie Wavelab, Final Cut usw. durchaus mal passieren). Diese Daten landen unweigerlich in CleanApp's Hintergrundprozess, welcher ab einem gewissen Zeitpunkt die Daten nicht mehr verarbeiten kann, anfängt Daten auf Ihrer Festplatte auszulagern und schlussendlich Ihr System lahmlegt.
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Am 21. November kam dann der größte Hammer:

"wir arbeiten nach wie vor an dem Problem. Unser Entwickler ist intensiv bemüht, eine Lösung zu finden. Bitte haben Sie Verständnis, dass manche Probleme nicht innerhalb von Stunden behoben werden können. Wir sind hier ein sehr kleines team - aber wirr geben unser Bestes."

Diese Aussage nach mehr als zwei Monaten ist die Krönung der Frechheit und Inkompetenz.
[Version 4.0.5]

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RogerKatz replied on 12 Dec 2013
For the benefit of others, I am providing my guess at a translation of the above (which I got mainly from Google Translate). I must warn you, I don't speak any German, yet I did my best to modify several instances where I found Google Translate's translation to be confusing:
"I uninstalled the version 4.05 because the app littered my 16 GB of RAM. Thereafter, I had to manually restart the computer, since the system was capable of no reaction. I sent a message on 11 September to the programmer. Today, after almost three months, the managing director of Synium has indirectly confirmed the inability of the programmer, in which he advised me to get a refund. In my opinion, no solution of the problem was even tried.
Here is part of the content of their email to me:
"Due to problems and the design of the next larger version CleanApp is not yet possible to begin work on an update or trial version - I'll probably start later this week and, as promised - I'll get back to you. On 21 November then came the biggest hammer:

" We are still working on the problem, our developers are pursuing an intense effort to find a solution. Please understand that some problems can not be resolved within hours. We are only a very small team - struggling, but we are doing our best."

This statement, which came to me after more than two months, is the culmination of insolence and incompetence."
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Weinhous reviewed on 24 Nov 2013
My rating are based on both how CleanApp.app 4.0.5 functions and on the quality of support.

The program freezes every time I try to quit and I have to use Mavericks' "Force Quit"

The program never seems to finish cataloging applications, even though I let it run for 16 hours.

Synium support has not been responsive/helpful.

Hope they can get their act together and return CleanApp back to its highly-regarded status.
[Version 4.0.5]


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Diaa commented on 06 Nov 2013
Believe it or not, i'm still using version 3.4.12 (24) and it works great!

Should i update it or not??

Thanks.
[Version 4.0.5]

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Gregm replied on 12 Dec 2013
I am sticking with ver 3x on my Mavericks OS. Even in the "new" 4.0.6, the developer has fixed some really basic things that are not a problem with ver 3 -- and there are still serious problems as ID'd by Lutz_077. IMHO, Ver 4 should be posted as a BETA. Synium's credibility is in trouble on this one.
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Jude22 reviewed on 05 Sep 2013
Version 4.05 is finally out and the search problem with the eternally spinning gear has been fixed!!! The tech support people told me that in the next part of this year, they are going to work on CleanApp per requests and complaints from the users. With the logging service, CleanApp is a good uninstaller IMHO.
[Version 4.0.5]

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Jude22 replied on 05 Sep 2013
One constructive criticism. The rating gauges which tell someone whether it is probably safe to delete an app's file are impossible to understand. Perhaps all that is needed is better explanations in the Help. Too, CleanApp no longer tells you if a file is shared by other apps and what those other apps are! Perhaps, that could be an added feature in the future.
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+147
Gregm had trouble on 26 Apr 2011
version 3.4.5 , PPC --- huge logging issue.

Replaced the app with version 3.4.4 from my backups. Re-installed logger with version 3.4.4 ---- seems to have successfully recovered from the 345 bug without having to get into preference files/ support files.
[Version 3.4.5]

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+147
Gregm replied on 27 Apr 2011
Fixed hours later with 3.4.6
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+110
June8 had trouble on 06 Dec 2010
This was one of my favorite utilities, but now its community and relics services don't work. And, no reply from the developer.
[Version 3.4.3]


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Hermisch had trouble on 01 Apr 2010
I just Installed CleanApp and i do have problems after i scanned the MacBook and found all in all over 6 GB now Firefox turns on and off then it comes back. My VMware Fussion takes forever.

My question is how can i but all the files back where they have been before.
I do but it after Trash on my External Drive in case so thanks for the Help
Greetings
hermann
[Version 3.3.4]


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Mitch_de had trouble on 12 Feb 2010
Can ist be that after slimming (removing PPC Code) Aperture run ony in 32 Bit Mode ?
After reinstalling (from Timemachine) the Aperture.app again, it run in 64 Bit Mode again.
Aperture shows the 32Bit Mode in the Headline of the window.
[Version 3.3.2]

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Robotank replied on 12 Feb 2010
I've found the same result in trying to trim PPC code from a 64-bit application (using a different program than CleanApp). Apparently, the slimming algorithm removes everything except the 32-bit Intel code. I wonder if developers of these types of utilities will be able to make them work properly with 64-bit apps down the road.
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Cobold had trouble on 08 Dec 2009
After updating the program to the latest version of the menu "Applications" swapped column "Filename" and "Last used", look at the screenshot. Change their position could not possibly...
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1491/cleanapp.png
[Version 3.2.2]

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Unq1 replied on 08 Dec 2009
Lucky you! The "filename" column in Tiger(10.4) is COMPLETELY missing!
What happened?
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Mr.-Spock had trouble on 10 Jul 2009
3.1.4 still exits on db cleanup
(OS X 10.4.11 on G5 iMac)
[Version 3.1.4]

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unq1 replied on 11 Jul 2009
Same thing happens to me. So I quit the "logging service" and THEN started the DB cleaning. It WORKED w/o crashing, BUT it had not finished cleaning going on 2+ hrs... why is it taking soooo long to clean/compact a 10MB file? This part of the program really has to be refined.
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STRob had trouble on 06 Aug 2008
Latest version has become almost useless to me. Logging takes 75-100% cpu and usually shows as not responding, slowing my Mac down to a crawl. CleanApp itself will sometimes not launch if the logging is running.

More things than ever are now showing up as related items which have nothing to do with the application being deleted.

This is disappointing. I notified the developer but this time my email has gone unanswered. Their support site forum said that they will fix the daemon but that was back on 7/12.
[Version 3.0b7]

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STRob replied on 09 Aug 2008
3.0b8 seem MUCH better that 7. No more problems with daemon. So far everything seems to work as it should.
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Larsen2k4 had trouble on 14 Mar 2008
The deamon still uses the full CPU, after using iDefrag or reparing the file permissions.
[Version 3.0b3]


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unq1 had trouble on 12 Feb 2007
SERIOUS! "memory leak" noticed by the cleanapp daemon in the Activity Monitor app. Don't know if this is due to unusually slowwww journaling of recently installed apps. Nevertheless have to discontinue trying this out until this fixed.
[Version 2.2]



laurelwillis rated on 21 Mar 2014

[Version 4.0.8]



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Screentom rated on 05 Mar 2014

[Version 4.0.8]



Léonux rated on 13 Feb 2014

[Version 4.0.7]



Quisemarre rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 4.0.5]



mrtuneup2 rated on 04 Nov 2013

[Version 4.0.5]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 4.0.5]



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Scotty_Beam_Me_Up_Again rated on 02 Sep 2013

[Version 4.0.5]



+29

Screentom rated on 08 Jul 2013

[Version 4.0.4]



Léonux rated on 20 Jun 2013

[Version 4.0.3]



-41

Surfspirit rated on 06 Jun 2013

[Version 4.0.3]


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Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:05 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.

Why does OS X need an uninstaller?

Have you ever unsuccessfully tried to get rid of a program and all the files that came with it? Are logfiles, plists and caches cluttering folders and volumes on your Mac? Don't you ask yourself from time to time where the multiple gigabytes of hard disk space continuously vanish to? Uninstall, archive, backup and analysis; CleanApp analyzes, archives and removes applications and on your Mac, complete with all relevant files.

New user interface
CleanApp 4 has been rewritten from the ground up in order to make your work with CleanApp more pleasant. The brand new user interface focusses on the most often required features and offers you quick access to all important tasks. If required, help texts are displayed to explain what a specific features is good for and what you can accomplish by using it.

New Clean Community
The Clean Community significantly improves CleanApp's ability to find unnecessary data on your hard drive that just eats up disk space and does no good. By accessing a huge database containing uninstallation information from virtually thousands of applications, you can find application relicts more reliably -- even those created before CleanApp had been installed on your Mac. The new and much improved CleanApp Community quicker and better results than before, making your decision easier which file to delete and which not.

Find, sort and delete
CleanApp displays an overview of all applications currently installed on your Mac, integrates a Spotlight search and sorts your applications by the time you last used them. Identifying those applications you installed some time and, after launching them once or twice, completely forgot about, is a matter of a few mouse clicks. Since the Logging-Service records all changes directly on file system level, CleanApp will provide comprehensive informed suggestions which files to get rid of when uninstalling an application.

Easily remove localizations
With CleanApp, removing language packages from applications is a piece of cake. If you don't speak more than one or two languages, why would you keep the excess ballast around? Simply find and remove all the localizations and documentation you don't need and reclaim your precious hard disk space.

Slim down Universal Binaries
Universal Binaries make applications compatible to PowerPC-based Macs, as well as the current intel based models. This means that you could get rid of up to half the program code, freeing up a lot of hard disk space.

Secure and archive
Of course, CleanApp has a built-in feature that helps you "test-uninstall" an application before losing it forever. Use it to check if anything bad happens after uninstall or for transferring a complete application to your other Mac. Not only the application itself, but additional folders as well, are compressed into an archive and then rebuilt on that secondary Mac. So if you start having second thoughts or simply want to move an application, CleanApp makes sure your data is preserved.

Preference Panes and system extensions
Mere applications are not the only ones wasting hard disk space -- Widgets, system extensions, additional panes in the System Preferences and screen savers can block more space than you'd imagine. All these kinds of files are neatly listed in CleanApp, making spotting them and tidying up your system a breeze.

Old files
Over the course of months, you'll gather documents as well as applications and other files. Some of them may be extremely large and no longer needed. CleanApp's "Old Files" feature efficiently tracks down these files for you. Various aspects of a file, like file size and the last time it has been used, among others, influence which files show up on top of the search result list.

Duplicates
It's the same thing over and over again, you download a file for the second time, you re-import pictures that have previously been imported or you simply save a document under a different name but never change the original. This way, you pile up duplicates of files that just sit around and consume space on your hard drive. Quickly and safely identify these files with CleanApp's help and remove these unnecessary duplicates.


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