When Pacifist first came out, people were understandably amazed. Based on past Pacifist reviews, they were expecting something really spectacular... but instead what they got was an excellent utility for cleaning up Leopard data files. Pacifist comes with a free scan to let you know what's lurking in your Leopard system. It's really very simple: you just hit the "scan" button on the bottom left-hand corner and then the "run" button on the right-hand side of the window. After the utility does its thing, you'll see a list of all installed programs on your PC (with an explanation of each one), along with their version numbers, how many megabytes they consume, their duration (how long it has been used for), and their location on your PC (where it is).
The next feature of Pacifist I'd like to discuss is its trash removal capabilities. The utility allows you to perform a thorough check of your entire desktop and trash bin in order to find any suspicious entries that could be signs of malicious activity. You can also see detailed info about each file, including file size, modified time, permissions, and much more. But probably as interesting as the info it gives you about each particular file is the fact that it allows you to run any particular file in a number of different ways, such as by emptying the trash, hiding it, or permanently deleting it. As described in the review, the other big attraction is that it allows you to easily check installations and even install or remove any file from inside a downloaded package.
There are a few minor drawbacks to Pacifist, mainly that the built-in defrag doesn't seem to work very well at all on Leopard (or anywhere else, for that matter). The scan also seems to favor Leopard over Linux, probably because it's a Windows system. Also, running any particular file under the trash option in Pacifist while you're in the midst of another application will cause the computer to crash, which isn't very useful. However, these things are only minor inconveniences compared to what you get with Pacifist, which allows you to make peace with the fact that your hard disk will always be safe and sound even when you least expect it.