4 CleanApp System Cleaning and Monitoring User Guide Version 4

CleanApp 4
System Cleaning and Monitoring
User Guide Version 4
Documentation: Johannes Eichler
CleanApp 4 User Guide // Table of Contents
Table of contents
1.Welcome to CleanApp!
1.1. Why CleanApp?!
1.2. About this user guide!
➡Conventions used in this user guide!
1.3 Tips for searching information in this user guide!
➡Use the search function!
➡Use the linked table of contents!
1.4 The CleanApp user interface!
2. Install and uninstall CleanApp 4!
2.1 Moving CleanApp to the Applications folder!
2.2 Registering CleanApp!
➡Demo Mode — Using CleanApp without a serial number!
➡The registration dialog!
➡Troubleshooting registration issues!
2.3 Uninstall CleanApp!
How to completely remove CleanApp!
3. Set up CleanApp after the first start!
3.1 Activate the CleanApp background Services!
➡The CleanApp Logging Service!
➡The CleanCommunity!
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➡Activate the CleanCommunity!
3.2 Recommended Preferences!
➡Automatic Updates!
➡Logging Service Preferences!
➡Define in which folders or volumes CleanApp should search for
➡Exclude Applications or Directories from the Logging Service!
➡Set location for the CleanApp Archive!
➡File display options!
3.3 Recommended preferences for Mac OS X!
➡Time Machine Backups!
4.Use CleanApp!
4.1 Uninstall applications!
➡Filter options for the file view!
➡Inspect an application!
➡Archive files!
➡Delete files!
➡Which files can I delete without problems?!
4.2 Free disk space!
➡Scan your computer for unnecessary files (i.e. duplicate files) !
➡Analyze Disc Usage!
➡Search for old files!
➡Trim Universal Binaries!
➡Remove language packs!
4.3 System Maintenance!
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➡Verify and Repair Volumes!
➡Verify and repair permissions!
➡Rebuild Spotlight Index!
CleanApp 4 User Guide // 1. Welcome to CleanApp
1.Welcome to CleanApp
Thank you for choosing CleanApp! CleanApp is a powerful tool for cleaning up your
hard drive and monitoring your system. It provides everything you need, for a safe
and efficient cleanup of your Mac.
1.1. Why CleanApp?
Installing and running an application on your Mac, does often not only install the
application, but other files and folders as well, which the application needs, in order
to run properly. If you remove the application file, those additional files remain on
your system and unnecessarily use up storage space on your hard disc.
CleanApp helps you to identify unnecessary files and to completely remove them
from your system. A comprehensive file analysis gives you a clear advice, which files
can be deleted without any problems and which files could cause damage to other
applications as well.
1.2. About this user guide
This user guide should help you to quickly familiarize yourself with the operation of
CleanApp and to use the application in an efficient and safe way. CleanApp is a
powerful tool but very easy to use, so you do not need to be an IT-expert to use
However, as CleanApp gives you access to any file on your system, there are some
basic rules to be considered, therefore we recommend to spend some minutes for
this user guide and to familiarize yourself with the basic workflows.
CleanApp 4 User Guide // 1. Welcome to CleanApp
Conventions used in this user guide
Text marked with this symbol does contain important
warnings. Ignoring them can lead to loss of data or
damage applications
Text marked with this symbol contains warnings, hints or
other useful information.
Text following this symbol contains step-by-step instructions.
Each step is numbered and followed by an expected result:
1. This is the first step.
Keyboard Commands
This is the result of the first step.
If you need to press keys on the keyboard, the keys are
indicated in capital letters, e.g.
• DELETE refers to the Delete key
• CMD + Z: press Command key and the letter Z etc.
Menu Commands
If you need to select menu commands or buttons, these look
like this:
• Select Edit > Undo ...
• Select CleanApp > Preferences > General Preferences
Menu Areas
Menu areas are written in blue and in italics.
• e.g Navigation Bar
1.3 Tips for searching information in this user guide
If you have a specific question, or search for a certain keyword, there are some tips,
which will bring you to the requested information much quicker. Of course, the
following does only apply to the digital version of the document.
Use the search function
Most PDF readers have a search function, which can usually be accessed via the
shortcut CMD + F. Just push CMD + F to activate the search function and enter the
searched word into the respective input field to jump to the occurrence of this word in
the document.
Use the linked table of contents
The table of contents has been created in a way, that you can find an entry for most
common tasks in CleanApp. All chapters are linked to their occurrence in the
document. That way you can easily jump to the respective chapter by clicking on the
entry in the table of contents.
CleanApp 4 User Guide // 1. Welcome to CleanApp
1.4 The CleanApp user interface
In this manual, menu areas are referenced in the following way:
Menu area
1. Navigation Bar
Gives you access to the available filters and tools.
2. Header Bar
Displays additional information, depending on the
selected filter or function. Files can also be searched
via the search field on the right side of the header.
3. Main Window
Displays the filtered files, depending on the selected
filter or function.
4. Description Window
Displays a short description of the currently selected
menu item.
5. Toolbar
Gives access to the currently available functions for
the selected files or folders in the Main Window.
CleanApp 4 User Guide // 2. Install and uninstall CleanApp
2. Install and uninstall CleanApp 4
If you are reading this user guide, you have probably already installed CleanApp. If
you have questions or encounter any problems installing and registering CleanApp 4,
the following chapter gives you detailed information how to install, register and
remove CleanApp.
2.1 Moving CleanApp to the Applications folder
After download CleanApp is provided in a so called Disc Image (DMG). To move the
application file "CleanApp.app" into your Applications folder, you first have to mount
this Disc Image in a virtual drive.
This sounds much more complicated, than it actually is. The installation is very easy.
Step by step
1. Do a left double click on the file "CleanApp.dmg" to mount it.
A new menu appears and you are asked to move the file "CleanApp.app" into the
Applications folder.
2. Drag-and-drop the file icon on the left side of this menu to the Applications folder in the
box on the right side, to copy it to the Applications folder.
The file "CleanApp.app" will now be copied to the Applications folder. CleanApp
can now be started by left-double-clicking on the file.
3. Finally the mounted DMG has to be removed. Go to your desktop, right click on the
virtual drive icon and select Eject "CleanApp".
The Disc Image will now be ejected and the virtual drive disappears from your
If your would like to use CleanApp on a regular basis, it is also recommended to
permanently add a Dock Icon for CleanApp 4. Just drag-and-drop the application file to
the Dock to add a Dock Icon for CleanApp 4.
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2.2 Registering CleanApp
Demo Mode — Using CleanApp without a serial number
If you did not yet buy a license, you can also use CleanApp in demo mode. Demo mode is
limited to a trial period of 14 days. After the trial period some features will no longer be
Just click on the Try Demo button in the registration dialog, to use CleanApp in demo mode.
➡Locating your serial number
Shortly after the online purchase from one of our distribution partners, you will receive a
registration e-mail with the Serial Number.
Sometimes, you’ll receive more than one e-mail during the process. In that case, please see
which e-mail actually contains your Serial Number and which may simply be an
acknowledgement of your purchase having been successful.
Your Serial Number is similar to the pattern:
This is not an actual valid number, it’s for
demonstration purposes only!
The registration dialog
Once you have identified your Serial Number, launch CleanApp. Upon launching, CleanApp
displays a window asking you to type in that number:
Enter your Serial Number in the empty field at the bottom of this window and click “Register”.
You don’t need an internet connection for the registration process, nor are you required to
send an email.
Troubleshooting registration issues
If the Serial Number you entered is rejected during the registration process, this may have
different reasons:
✓ you did not enter the Serial Number correctly, or…
✓ you inserted the Serial Number into the registration text field using the “Copy & Paste”
method, accidentally copying invisible characters (Line Break, Space).
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Please re-enter the Serial Number, exactly as given in the e-mail you received. Include the
prefix “CAPP-” and all separating hyphens (”-”). In case you need help with the registration
process, please contact CleanApp support at Synium Software via the contact form on our
Keep the registration email, as it contains your Serial Number. We also recommend to
print a hardcopy of the registration e-mail and store it in a safe place.
If you lost your Serial Number, please contact us via the contact form. We'll see if your serial
number is registered with us.
➡When do I need the Serial Number?
The Serial Number is required whenever you want to install and use CleanApp on a new
Mac or after reinstalling your Mac OS X operating system. You may also need it for future
updates, special offers and support requests.
2.3 Uninstall CleanApp
It is not recommended to uninstall CleanApp. To completely remove CleanApp from
your system, you first have to stop the CleanApp Logging Service, then close
CleanApp and move the respective files to the trash.
How to completely remove CleanApp
Step by step
1. Go to the top menu bar and select CleanApp -> Preferences.
The preference menu opens.
2. Select Logging -> Stop Logging Service and enter your system password to confirm
the command.
3. Quit CleanApp via CleanApp -> Quit CleanApp.
4. Delete the application file "CleanApp.app".
5. Open the Finder, go to the top menu bar and select
Go -> Go to Folder
An input field "Go to Folder" opens.
6. Enter the following path:
Do not forget to enter the "~" character (ALT + N). "~" stands for your user folder.
Dropping this character will lead you to another folder.
7. Delete the following 2 files:
8. Go to the folder
~/Library/Application Support (Like described in 5. & 6).
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9. Delete the folder CleanApp4.
10. Go to
/Library/Application Support (Drop the "~" this time)
11. Delete the folder CleanApp4 here as well.
12. If you have installed the System Preferences pane as well, you also have to delete it
from the Mac OS X system preferences. Just do a right click on the menu item and
select Remove "CleanApp Logging Services" Preference Pane.
CleanApp 4 User Guide // 3. Set up CleanApp after the first start
3. Set up CleanApp after the first start
3.1 Activate the CleanApp background Services
CleanApp assesses how save it is to delete a file. A risk indicator displays this
assessment. This assessment is an important guideline, especially if you do not
know, to which applications and/or services the file is connected.
The CleanApp Logging Service
The Logging Service can be regarded as the heart of CleanApp. It always runs in the
background and logs the following information.
which files were created by an application
which files were modified by an application
which files were renamed by an application
After the first start of CleanApp, you will be asked, if you would like to install the
Logging Service. Just confirm this dialog, by clicking on the button Install.
After installation you will be asked, if you also want to install menu item for the
Logging Service Preferences in the Mac OS X System Preferences. The "CleanApp
Logging Service" Preference Pane can also be installed later from the CleanApp
Although you can use CleanApp without the Logging Service as well, we highly
recommend to install the CleanApp Logging Service.
The CleanCommunity
As the CleanApp Logging Service does only log information about files, which have
been used since the installation of the CleanApp Logging Service, there is no
information about applications, which not have been started since then. This is where
the online service CleanCommunity comes into play.
Essentially CleanCommunity serves the following two purposes:
The information logged by the Logging Service are submitted to the
CleanCommunity server.
CleanApp retrieves information from the CleanCommunity server and uses it
for the identification of file associations.
The logs send to the CleanCommunity do only contain information about the use of the
files on your system. The information is only saved for the sole purpose of improving the
file assessment of CleanApp. Your private data will not be made accessible to thirds, nor
will it be used for any other purposes.
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Activate the CleanCommunity
You can enable and disable the CleanCommunity in the preferences through
CleanApp -> Preferences -> General
3.2 Recommended Preferences
The CleanApp preferences can be accessed from the top menu bar via CleanApp ->
Preferences or via the shortcut CMD + ",".
Automatic Updates
The automatic updates settings can be accessed via CleanApp -> Preferences ->
Update. Per default the option Automatically check for updates is enabled.
➡Update to beta version
You can enable this option, if you would like to test an upcoming version before the
official release. In this case the auto updater also searches for available beta
versions. Please note that public beta versions are released to be tested by as many
users as possible. If you install a beta version a seamless operation cannot be
➡Include anonymous system profile
If this option is enable and you are connected to the internet, CleanApp will send us
information about your hardware and system configuration. This information will help
us to better consider the needs of our customers, when we plan the future
development of our software.
The system profile does not contain personal data like name, email address or phone
number will not be
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Logging Service Preferences
The Logging tab gives you access to various options for maintenance and repair of
the Logging Service database.
(1) Stop Logging Service
The Logging Service is actually a so called
daemon. Daemons are applications, that are
always running in the background.
You can stop the Logging Service for
troubleshooting purposes, or if you want to
remove CleanApp from your system.
(2) Repair Database
The information logged by the logging service is
stored in a database. Repairing the database
does rebuild it.
(3) Create new Database
Creating a new database goes a step further,
than just repairing the database. The existing
database is completely deleted before a new
database is created.
Select this options if the database is corrupted
and can not be repaired.
Please note that all information in the Logging
Service database will be deleted.
(4) Behavior if an application is
moved to trash
This option defines, what CleanApp should do, if
an application is moved to trash.
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(5) Install System Preference
Installs a preference pane for the Logging
Service in the Mac OS X System Preferences.
Define in which folders or volumes CleanApp should search for
CleanApp searches for applications in the folders or volumes defined in the
Application Directories settings. The more folders and volumes are included in the
search and the larger these folders are, the longer the search takes.
Especially if you have external storage devices attached, or you have a folder
containing many backups, this could unnecessarily slow down the search.
You can define which folders and volumes should be included in the Application
Directories preference pane.
If folders are selected within a volume, all other folders are omitted. If no folder is
selected, the complete volume will be searched.
Volumes that are NOT activated OR folders hat are NOT listed below a specific
volume, when at least 1 folder is selected under the superordinate volume.
• will not be displayed in the Applications menu, where CleanApp lists all found
• will not be considered in the Relics search that searches for unnecessary remains of
deleted applications.
• will not be considered, when CleanApp analyzes an application and searches for files
related to this application.
The current start volume can not be disabled, therefore the checkbox is greyed out.
➡This is how to define specific folders for the search
Step by step
1. Go to CleanApp -> Preferences -> Application Directories.
The Application Directories pane lists all existing volumes. The checked
checkboxes on the right side show which volumes are searched by CleanApp.
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2. Select a volume and click the plus button on the bottom toolbar and select a folder to
add this folder to the list.
The folder is now defined as application directory
If folders are defined as application directories, other folders in the volume will not
be searched.
If no specific folders are defined, CleanApp will search the complete volume.
Exclude Applications or Directories from the Logging Service
Some files should not be deleted under any circumstances. You can exclude
applications and directories from the CleanApp Logging Service, by adding them to
Excluded Applications or Directories list.
Per default, the most important system files are already excluded. Unless you do
have very good reasons and really know what you are doing, you should not drop
these files from the Excluded Applications list.
➡This is how to exclude a directory or application from the Logging Service
Step by step
1. Go to the CleanApp preferences and select Excluded Applications or Excluded
Directories and click on the plus button below the list.
2. Select Add Application Path
A file selection dialog appears.
3. Select a file or directory and click Open.
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Set location for the CleanApp Archive
Files can also be archived before removal. Per default the archive files are saved in
the following location.
/Users/"Your personal folder"/Documents/CleanApp Archive
You can also define your own location, by clicking on the magnifying-glass-button in
the General tab.
File display options
Under CleanApp -> Preferences -> General you can also change the file size unit,
CleanApp uses to quantify the size of a file in kilobytes and select the display settings
for application bundles.
➡File size unit
Mac OS X display files as Kilobyte, where 1 Kilobyte is 1000 Byte. This is the
standard as it has been adopted by most of the computer industry.
The unit Kibibyte, where 1 Kilobyte is 1024 Bytes, is another size unit which was
actually designed to replace the standard Kilobyte, but it has not yet been widely
adopted by the computer industry.
➡Display only application bundles
If this option is enabled, CleanApp will hide all applications, which are no application
bundles. Otherwise CleanApp does also display scripts and other executable files,
which are not within a package.
3.3 Recommended preferences for Mac OS X
Time Machine Backups
The CleanApp Logging service saves the logs in the folder CleanApp4 in the
following location:
/Library/Application Support/CleanApp4
If you are using Time Machine for backing up your hard drive, we recommend to
exclude the folder CleanApp4 from the Logging Service. Otherwise unnecessary
backups will be created, as the Logging Service does continually create and edit. the
database file.
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➡How to exclude the folder CleanApp4 from the Logging Service:
Step by step
1. Open the Time Machine Preferences.and click Options...
A new menu appears, where you can add files to be excluded from the Time
Machine Backup.
2. Click on the plus button below the list "Exclude these items from backups":
A file selection menu opens.
An input field "Go to the folder:" opens.
4. Enter the following path:
/Library/Application Support
5. Select the folder CleanApp4 and click on the button Exclude.
The folder will now be added to the list of excluded items.
6. Click Save to save the settings.
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4.Use CleanApp
4.1 Uninstall applications
Filter options for the file view
Via the tab Uninstall (Trash bin icon) you have access to all available filters for the
display of the files available on your system. A more detailed description of the
selected filter can be found in the Description Window.
Inspect an application
CleanApp shows you which files belong to an application. The file analysis for an
application can be started in the following way:
Step by step
1. Enter the name of the application into the search field on the upper right side of the
Header Bar
The search results appear below the search field
2. Select the application from the list.
CleanApp now searches for all files related to this application. Depending on the
application, this can take some minutes.
When the search is completed, CleanApp switches into the analysis mode. All files
related to the application are listed in the Main Window. In column the "Rating"
an indicator shows, how save the removal of the file is rated by CleanApp.
There are various ways to inspect an application. You can also drag-and-drop an
application file into the Main Window or select the application in the Main Window and
click Inspect on the Toolbar.
Archive files
Step by step
1. Select all entries you would like to archive with the left mouse button..
Please consider the rating indicator.
The selected entries now have a blue background.
You can also select multiple entries at once. Hold CMD while left clicking on the entries
to select multiple entries from the list. Hold SHIFT to select an area between two entries
by selecting two entries in the list.
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2. Click the Archive button on the Toolbar.
A dialog appears, which lets you either archive the file or archive and delete the
Delete files
Step by step
1. Select all entries you would like to delete with the left mouse button.
Please consider the rating indicator.
The selected entries now have a blue background.
2. Click the Delete button on the Toolbar.
A confirmation dialog appears. You can still archive the file before moving it to
trash, by selecting the option "Archive files before deletion".
Which files can I delete without problems?
If you inspect an application, CleanApp will switch into the analysis mode. In analysis
mode the Main Window does only display files, which are related to the selected
Besides displaying the current location and the file size of the listed files, an indicator
gives you a rating, how likely it is, that the file is required by another application to
run properly.
The risk assessment is based on the information CleanApp receives from the
CleanCommunity, the Logging Service and from the Spotlight Index.
The rating critical means, that it is likely, that the files is required by an application or
service to run properly. Please do only delete such a file, if you are sure that it is not
used by another application than the selected one.
Deleting files rated critical can lead to loss of data and damage other applications.
Please only delete files rated critical, if you are absolutely sure, that this file is not
used by another application.
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4.2 Free disk space
Scan your computer for unnecessary files
(i.e. duplicate files)
The Free Disk Space tab in the Navigation Bar gives you access to various search
functions to search your hard drive for unnecessary files.
If you want to search a folder for duplicate files for example, you can use the
Duplicate Files search, which is described below. (The other search functions work
the same way.)
Step by step
1. Select the Free Disk Space tab in the Navigation Bar and select the function
Duplicate Files.
The search is started and a loading symbol appears in the Main Window.
In the head area of the Main Window you can see the Folder Navigation (1),
which currently only contains your user folder.
2. Click on the plus button on the right side of the Folder Navigation. to add a file to the
Folder Navigation.
A file selection menu opens.
3. Select the folder you want to scan.
A new entry appears in the Folder Navigation
4. Select this entry, to scan the folder. (Folders can be removed from the list via right click
-> remove)
A progress bar appears in the Header Bar shows you the progress of the search.
5. Wait till CleanApp has completed the search. Depending on the size of the folder, this
process can take up to several minutes.
After the search is completed, a list of duplicate files will appear.
You can move duplicate files to trash by clicking on the cross icon
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You can reveal a file in the Finder, by clicking on the magnifying glass icon
The length of the search, depends on your Mac‘s system performance and size of the
folder. For instance, if you are searching the complete hard drive it will take considerably
longer than searching a single folder.
Analyze Disc Usage
The Disc Usage Analysis provides a graphical overview, which shows the storage
location of the selected folder on the volume. The display of the disc usage can be
adjusted, to visualize properties like file type, files size or date in an illustrative way
Step by step
1. Drag-and-drop a folder from the Finder or Desktop into the CleanApp Main Window .
CleanApp switches to Analysis Mode. The disc usage of the selected folder is
displayed in the Main Window.
2. Go to the Toolbar and click on Settings adjust the display of the disc usage.
In the settings you can adjust the view properties of the disc usage.You can change the
visualization style, segmentation and color of the displayed storage areas.
3. Right click on a storage area to get additional options for the corresponding file.
A context menu appears and lets you reveal the file in the Finder or in Analysis
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Search for old files
The Old Files search brings some additional options to filter the results.
If you would like to search for large file for example, you can just raise the minimum
file size. If you would like to search for a certain file type, you can deactivate all other
file types by unchecking the checkboxes.
Moving the Tolerance slider lets you regulate, in how far other files will be listed as
Trim Universal Binaries
Universal Binaries are executable application packages for the different processor
types Intel and PowerPC, each of with 32- or 64-bit architecture. Many applications
contain different Universal Binaries to be executable on older systems as well. To run
the application on your current system, only one application package is required.
With the function Remove Universal Binaries, unnecessary Universal Binaries can be
removed from the system to further save storage space.
➡How to search and delete Universal Binaries
Step by step
1. If you want to search for Universal Binaries in a certain folder:
Go to the Navigation Bar, click on the Free Disc Space tab (Shovel Icon) and select
the entry Universal Binaries. Continue with step 2.
The search is started and a loading icon appears in the Main View.
If you want to search for Universal Binaries for a specific application.
Inspect an application and click on the Universal Binaries button in analysis mode.
Continue with step 4.
2. Click on the plus button on the top right side of the Main View.
A file selection dialog opens.
3. Select the folder you would like to search in the Folder Navigation above the Main
✓A list containing the found Universal Binaries will
appear. For every available Universal Binary version a checkbox appears in the
respective column.
The Universal Binary for the system CleanApp is currently running on is greyed out.
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Universal Binaries
For Intel processors with 32 Bit architecture
For Intel processors with 64 Bit architecture
For PowerPC processors with 32 Bit
PPC 64
For PowerPC processors with 64 Bit
4. Check the checkboxes for the unnecessary Universal Binaries (see image above) and
click Trim on the Toolbar.
The selected Universal Binaries are removed.
Remove language packs
You can further free up disk space by removing unnecessary language packs. For
many Mac OS X apps, various language packs are installed as well. If you are sure,
that you do not need certain languages at all, you can remove the language packs for
these languages.
Step by step
1. Analyze an application to open the related files in analysis mode, or just click on the
Languages button to search for language packs in a specific folder.
After the search has been completed, a list of available language packs appears.
2. Check the respective checkboxes for the languages you would like to remove.
3. Click on the Delete button to move the selected language packs to trash. You can also
archive the language packs before removal by checking the respective checkbox in the
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4.3 System Maintenance
CleanApp also gives direct access to various applications, Mac OS X provides for
system maintenance.
Verify and Repair Volumes
1. Quit all applications except CleanApp.
2. Click on the System Maintenance tab (Hard drive icon).
3. Select Volume in the Navigation Bar.
4. Select the respective volume.
The selected volume is now shaded in blue.
5. Click on the Verify button and authorize yourself with your Mac OS X password to start
the verification of the volume.
The verification of the volume is started. Please note that the verification can take
quite a while. We recommend to not use your computer while the selected volume
is being verified.
6. If no problem has been found
Nothing else need to be done, it is not necessary to repair the volume
If problems have been found.
Reboot the computer and quit all applications except CleanApp. Repair the volume by
clicking the Repair button on the Toolbar.
Before repairing the file system, you should check, if there are problems at all. If there are
no problems, it does not make any sense to repair the file system.
Verify and repair permissions
If you have problems with permissions, or access to a file is deleted with the
message, “The folder ... can not be opened, because you don not have the
permissions...”, although permissions were set up correctly for your account, you can
check if repairing the permissions does solve the problem.
This only applies to files installed from a PKG file, software updates from Apple or
other Apple software installers. Third party applications installed from a DMG file or
other sources, will not be verified.
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➡This is how to check permissions in Mac OS X
Step by step
1. Right click on a file or folder in the Finder and select the entry Get Info in the context
A menu with information about the file or folder appears.
2. Check the permissions in the menu area “Sharing and Permissions”. If you do no have
sufficient permissions in this section, please check first if readjusting the permission
settings can solve the problem.
➡How to verify and repair permissions.
Step by step
1. Quit all applications except CleanApp.
2. Select System Maintenance (Hard drive icon) -> Permissions and select the
respective volume.
3. Click Verify in the Toolbar and enter you Mac OS X system password to start the
Verification of permissions is started. Please note that the verification can take
quite a while. We recommend to not use your computer while permissions are
being verified.
4. If problems were found, you can start repairing permissions via the Repair button.
Rebuild Spotlight Index
The Mac OS X Spotlight Search is based on the Spotlight Index. The Spotlight Index
is a database, where certain information about files is stored in a specific order. If
there are problems with the spotlight search, or existing files can not be found,
rebuilding the Spotlight Index could solve the problem.
Just select a volume and click on Rebuild to rebuild the Spotlight database.
Rebuilding the Spotlight database does usually take several hours.