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CleanUp smb mess v. 2.2
Quickly and easily clean FAT/FAT32 drives, pendrives, SD memories for mobiles and cameras, SMB/CIFS Samba shares (Windows and Linux) from ".DS_Store" and "._*" files, and other invisibles files the Mac lefts behind, and sometimes confuse both users and devices.

CleanUp smb mess is unlimited shareware (suggested fee: 2€/$), from within the application you can easily issue a simple and secure payment through Paypal.

© 2002-2011 Marco Balestra

When the utility is useful

Accessing Windows or Linux shares via SMB, to prevent Windows and/or Linux users from finding unnecessary “resource” files.

To enable/disable the creation of “.DS_Store” files on network volumes.

Shuffling FAT32 Hard Drives and Pen drives, for the same reason.

Using third party MP3 players, as well as with mobiles and camera memories, where sometimes the presence of such “._*” files could prevent the device from working.

In all of these cases, instead of simply “unmount” (eject) the related volume let’s use “CleanUp smb mess” icon.
“CleanUp smb mess” will clean volumes (as well as folders), and can also eject directly cleaned volumes.

Cleanup sm mess v. 2

Version 2.1 added Network preferences to enable/disable the creation of “.DS_Store” files on network volumes.
With version 2.1 the app is now fully localizable, and Italian localization was added.

Version 2.0 was developed on Snow Leopard using XCode 3.2 and AppleScript Objective-C.

It’s equipped with a GUI rich of options, and a quick facility for PayPal payment of shareware fee (suggested amount is $2 or 2€).
Feel free to test the application, it’s unlimited. The payment is an ethical issue: there are no licenses, limitations or expiry date.

Requires Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer

Cleanup sm mess v. 2

Mac OS X from 10.1 (Puma) up to 10.5 (Leopard)

Cleanup smb mess Version 1.4 works with:
• Mac OS X 10.1 (Puma)
• Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)
• Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
• Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
• Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

Version 1.4 is also known working on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), but users of Mac OS X 10.6 or newer can take a lot of advantages from newer versions, and should use it.
Version 1.4 didn’t remove invisible items introduced after 10.3 (i.e: Spotlight data, TimeMachine tokens).

Mac OS X from 10.1 (Puma) up to 10.5 (Leopard)

Version history

2.2 - June 2011. Fixed disks recognition and volumes eject
2.1 - April 2011. Added Network preferences and Italian localization.
2.0 - April 2011. GUI, many options, new icon. Requires Snow Leopard.
1.4 - User is prompted for eject in case of disks
1.3 - Universal Binary (both PPC and Intel)
1.2 - Added Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) compatibility
1.1 - Fixed minor bugs
1.0 - First release

Version history

© and Credits

Original software by faqintosh.com
Author: Marco Balestra
This software is provided "as is", without warranty.
It’s unlimited shareware.
Please do support shareware: it’s good, it’s useful, it’s necessary.

© and Credits


CleanUp smb mess v. 2.2

Mac OS X 10.1-10.5: CleanUp smb mess v. 1.4

Cleanup smb mess


findmysoft.com rated this software “Excellent”.


Marco Balestra

Related resources

Prevent .DS_Store files creation on network volumes

.DS_Store enabler/disabler (opensource) - Mac OS X 10.4 or newer