Q) How Do I Use Annoying File Be-Gone?
A) Annoying File Be-Gone runs in your Mac status bar. Click on the icon and the program will open, showing the Drag-And-Drop area, a list of all USB devices that are attached, as well as a list of all folders to Auto-Clean. Click on an entry from the list to clean the item, toggle Auto-Clean, or get stats. If an item is set to Auto-Clean, the program will monitor file activity and automatically delete the files you want to remove. Or you can drag and drop a folder to the Drag-And-Drop area to clean the folder.
Q) Can I choose the files I want to remove?
A) Yes! You can chose from a set of options such as cleaning only files from Mac, Windows, both, or even select the individual files you want to clean. Annoying File Be-Gone will remember your settings for each folder or device.
Q) Is it safe to remove these files?
A) Yes and No. Normally these files are only used by the OS to hold temporary data, indexing information for faster searching, etc. If you are cleaning USB files that hold photos or videos, or cleaning a folder to share with a Windows user then you should have no problems at all. It is recommended that you don't clean your root folder, home folder, or something like that, as this will involve removing too many files and could slow down your computer.
Q) Can I find a list of all the files Annoying File Be-Gone has deleted?
A) The files that are deleted are added to your Console.log. You can access this from your Applications (or Launchpad) -> Other (or Utilities) -> Console.
Q) Can I get some more information on the files that will be cleaned?
A) Yes! Below is a list of all the files that will be cleaned, along with a description of each. Most of these files are hidden files and not seen until you move the folder/device to a different Operating System.
.DS_Store"the name of a file in the Apple OS X operating system for storing custom attributes of a folder such as the position of icons or the choice of a background image" more._AppleDoubleThese files are used to store file information during file operations like copy and move. They are also used to store file information on non-HFS (non-Mac file system) hard drives and partitions.Spotlight-V100This file holds information to speed up the 'Spotlight Search' feature. Deleting would simply force this information to be re-indexed if you performed another Spotlight Search for an item in this folder..apDiskThis file holds information about shared folders and can be safely removed as it will be automatically re-created if Apple needs it..VolumeIcon.icnsThis file is used to store the icon of the volume (USB device) if the volume uses a custom icon and not the default icon. If you want the device to continue using this default icon, or if the folder/device you want to clean contains an application you might want to keep this file in your system. As a side note, if you wanted to create a custom icon for your device you could create/download an .icns file and rename it .VolumeIcon.icns and place in your folder/device..fseventsdThis file is used as a buffer for the File System Events daemon. If you are using a program that is monitoring this folder/device this file might be used to store temporary data..Trash.TrashesThese folders are used to hold deleted items the same way that the 'Trash' icon from the dock works. If you don't need this feature on your folder/device you can clean this folder to save space..TemporaryItemsThis file is used by the OS to hold temporary data when files are being copied/moved/appended. If you are running any programs that are accessing the folder/device you want to clean, and you aren't copying or moving any files then this file can simply hold old data for caching.
Thumbs.dbThis file stores thumbnail cache information so that viewing thumbnails is faster as they don't need to be generated.Desktop.iniThis file works very similar to the .DS_Store file on a Mac. It stores information on how a folder is supposed to be displayed, if some custom appearance has been set. If this file doesn't exist, the folder is displayed in the default manner.$Recycle.binThis folder works the same as the Mac .Trash folder. It holds files that have been deleted, so that they can be restored.System Volume InformationThis folder is used by the System Restore tool and holds information for troubleshooting purposes. This is needed on your system partition (the one with the operating system).RECYCLERThis folder works the same as the $Recycle.bin folder but only for NTFS partitions.