CCleaner for Mac 1.01 released, but Windows users get more

Piriform Software has released the first stable release of CCleaner for Mac, its free cleaning utility for Mac OS X. Based on the popular Windows version, CCleaner for Mac 1.01 FINAL boasts fewer features compared to its long-established sibling, but we expect this to change over time.

The new release enters an increasingly crowded market for free cleanup tools, and will compete against the likes of EASEUS’ CleanGenius Free as it bids to establish a foothold on the Mac platform.

CCleaner for Mac runs on OS X 10.5 or later, and offers three basic areas for cleaning. The Cleaner tab is where most of its options can be found, covering various system and application settings, including logs and caches.

Four major browsers -- Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera -- are also covered with this initial release. The user can choose which elements to scan via a series of boxes, then on clicking Analyze is shown how much space can be retrieved and where it will be recovered from.

The app also includes a Tools section, offering three options for securely wiping the free space on your hard drive, verifying and repairing permissions, and an application uninstaller. The suite is rounded off by a cookie management tool, which is accessible under Options. This allows the user to pick and choose exactly which cookies are kept on the computer.

The first stable release offers little new over previous beta releases, other than unspecified stability fixes for OS X 10.5 and 10.7.2 users, a number of minor bug fixes and improved cleaning of Chrome’s omnibox history.

CCleaner for Mac 1.01 FINAL is available now as a freeware download for Intel Macs running OS X 10.5 (Snow Leopard) or later. At the present time there’s a lack of documentation with the app, which is why we suggest you use it with care.

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