By: Craig Chamberlin
CleanMyMacX by MacPaw is a one stop shop for repairing corrupted and broken MacOC computers. The tool is a replacement for dozens of different optimization tools and includes a performance monitor, malware removal, and a disk cleaner. It works with the latest version of MacOS (Catalina).
CleanMyMac contains a number of features which are designed to get Mac computers back in top running order. These include:
CleanMyMac includes a mixture of antivirus and antimalware and cleanup tools. All these can be seamlessly initiated by clicking on the big button to initiate the scanning and removal process.
MacPaw takes a comprehensive approach to finding clutter on the filesystem and removing it. Some of its junk removal features include:
Large File Eraser
If you’ve ever downloaded a large file, like a movie, from the internet then there’s a good chance that you forgot about it the second you’d finished accessing it. When freeing up system space it makes sense to focus on the big chunks of hard drive first: and that’s why CleanMyMac features a special large file finder and eraser. This utility will automatically group files by detected purpose into folders. Don’t worry—the system will not automatically delete any files before you’ve had a chance to inspect what they are. Getting rid of large files that are no longer needed can win you a major reduction in disk size.
Although the Windows malware landscape tends to dominate news reports about cybersecurity there are in fact dozens of active Mac threats discovered every year—including complex ransomware and adware modules which can masquerade as legitimate apps.
In order to thwart these threats, MacPaw maintains a Mac threat database containing hundreds of code samples. CleanMyMac X constantly surveys the hard drive and connected volumes for Mac malware. If any is detected then the program can safely quarantine and remove the threat.
CleanMyMax X is a very slick tool that is extremely easy even for cleanup rookies to quickly come to grips with. It has 2 extra impressive features in this regard:
To help users have easy access to CleanMyMac X’s suite of utilities the program features an easily launchable floating menu which gives users access to key features including freeing up RAM space, emptying the trash, and forcing unresponsive apps to quit. The menu is designed to prevent users from having to access the full product and save time.
One Button Launch
Additionally, CleanMyMac features a one button launch tool which will initiate a full system scan applying all CleanMyMac utilities including junk cleanup tools and the antimalware scanner. These will run in sequence allowing the user to press one button, relax, and let the program do all the heavy lifting.
CleanMyMacX does not participate in independent rating laboratory testing so we were unable to validate how well its malware removal works against other competitors on the (small) MacOS market.
However, we did find that the tool did an excellent job at detecting and removing the full variety of samples which we loaded onto our test system.
CleanMyMac is available for between 1 and 5 Macs. The product actuated instantly and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee as standard.
Price: one year subscription
Price: one time purchase
CleanMyMac is fantastic value for money given the wide variety of cleanup and antimalware tools that it offers—and how easy the tool is to run. Of course, protecting multiple computers and choosing to buy the license as a one-time payment are all good ways to save money for users that intend on committing to the program for the long haul.
CleanMyMac support is provided directly by MacPaw. The tool has assembled a dedicated online help center complete with a dedicated section just for CleanMyMac X tutorials and articles. The section includes an FAQ page, a knowledge base, and a license management system that can be used to perform common operations including license key retrieval and updating. Those that need additional support can open a support ticket to speak to customer support directly.
CleanMyMac is a superb cleanup and antimalware tool for MacOS. Its wide variety of features can be used to remove excess files on the system and ensure that the computer hasn’t fallen victim to MacOS malware and viruses.
Based in the Ukraine, MacPaw specializes in developing antivirus and cleanup products for both MacOS and iOS. Founded in 2008, the company reported revenue of more than $23 million in 2018 and has more than 200 employees.
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