Make Trimming "App Fat" a New Year's Resolution

Make Trimming "App Fat" a New Year's Resolution

Jeff Heaton
Jan 3, 2012

We're doing our spring cleaning a little early this year (New Years tends to do that to us). There's lots to do around the house, but we've decided to start with the computers. Sifting through files, running all the usual maintenance, and most import deleting unneeded crap. This can be a tricky task given how many files get installed and created during the use of a piece of software, which is why we're turning to a few programs to help us ferret out the bits hiding in dark corners.

1. CCleaner (Windows | Free)
Piriform's CCleaner (also known as Crap Cleaner) has been around a while. It's a full featured crap manager, with a registry cleaner, cache cleaner, uninstaller and more. We like how much comes with this free package, which is why it's been our go-to Windows cleaner for years.

2. RevoUninstaller (Windows | $19.62)
RevoUninstall has been given high ratings across the web as a great uninstallation tool. Its ability to track down bits of files even after you've run the regular uninstaller for program makes it worth it to us. Of course if you remove it the right way in the first place you don't necessarily need to try tracking down fragments. RevoUninstaller does the best job when installed before installing a program in order to track the files added. It also tacks on a few features to remove files by writing over their data on the harddrive making their deletion truly permanent.

3. AppCleaner (Mac | Free)
Our go-to file remover for Mac, AppCleaner is a straight forward, free application that does what it promises: finds and deletes stuff. We like how fast the process is, a simple drag and drop to find and send files to the trash. On the Mac there isn't really a standard uninstall process other than dragging an application to the trash. AppCleaner fills the gap, and paired with Onyx is a great system management tool.

4. CleanMyMac (Mac | $29.99)
If you're not a fan of Onyx but still want your comprehensive cleaning capabilities CleanMyMac is another full featured option. It also comes packaged in a pretty interface that Mac users will be familiar with and does the job a little more deeply than AppCleaner. Like RevoUninstaller, CleanMyMac can search for fragments of software-of-old. It also takes on cache, logs and plugins. MacPaw, the company that created CleanMyMac, also sells CleanMyPC for those looking for a similar-looking option in the Windows environment.

How are you setting up your computer for the new year? Tell us in the comments.

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