Browser Care is the perfect companion for your Internet browser.
Any time you browse the Internet, your computer saves files. Temporary files of pictures, text and cookies are saved on your computer consuming valuable resources. Removal of these types of files may help improve your computer’s performance and overall speed. Over the past few weeks on MacSources, we have reviewed several utility apps that can help with the general care and maintanence of your computer to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Today, we are proud to bring you a review of a product that does the same for your browser – Browser Care.
Browser Care is a Mac utility that helps you to remove unwanted files that accumulate on your system from Internet browsing. It completes a multitude of functions including: deleting history, deleting the cache, removing all website data, emptying the download list, deleting the last session, deleting web page icons, reseting top sites, deleting autofill text, deleting alert position and reseting the browser’s preferences.
To start, Browser Care automatically detects the browsers you have installed on your system. For me, I have Safari, Firefox and Chrome. Each browser has different care options to choose from (the ones indicated above were available for Safari). The app comes with presets – Basic, Complete and Custom. The Basic option has a few of the functions checked – for Safari it’s Delete History, Delete Cache and Empty Download List. The Complete preset has all the functions selected and the Custom preset allows the user to determine what is best for his or her system and save it to reuse. Once you have selected your preset, you click the “care” button at the bottom of the screen and Browser Care completes the functions selected. Prior to completing the care for the browser, the app shows you what the total amount of space is that will be freed up by deleting the selected files.
There is a history function within the app that shows you when care was administered (date/time) and what browser was cared for. I hope in future versions, we might also see a total amount of file space that was cleared during that care session.
I like this app for a number of reasons. First, it’s taking something I already do, but simplifying it. I will clear my downloads folder, delete history and clear my cache, but I do it all manually – piece by piece. That takes time. Browser Care simplifies this process down to just a few clicks – Open app. Select preset. Click ‘care’. Done. It’s that easy. Another reason I like it because it includes a menu bar icon. The icon is only available while the app is open, but it’s an easy way to open the Browser Care window without taking much time. Browser Care also has a notification feature to alert you when you should clear unwanted files.
This app is currently on sale in the Mac App Store for $1.99 (regular price $3.99). The developer, Giovanni Maria Cusaro, is working on version 2.0 (Browser Care is currently 1.1), which should be released in September.
I recommend this app to help your system run smoothly and for the ease of use in clearing unwanted browser files.