CleanMyMac X

It’s been around for ten years - TEN years! Wow, it’s been such a staple of my productivity tool kit for macOS that I didn’t realise it had been around for so long. To celebrate this anniversary, MacPaw have released CleanMyMac X

So for those who don’t know what CleanMyMac is all about, it’s an application that keeps a close eye on your system and offers recommendations about items to delete. That’s what it does at it’s lowest level as there is a lot more functionality. You can complete Maintenance Tasks which purge DNS records, free up RAM, Speed up Apple Mail as well as others. I actually have an OmniFocus task that repeats weekly prompting me to carry this out. I know you can do a lot of these tasks from within macOS itself, however I love the speed and efficiency of executing from the touch of a button. 

CleanMyMacX has added some new features which makes it a more complete tool in my opinion:

Malware Scanner - it’s a myth that Macs don’t get viruses or unwanted software running on them. Anyone that has looked at MacKeeper will attest to that! CleanMyMac X will check for malicious files and viruses and whilst I can thankfully say I haven’t had it report anything bad, I have faith that should the time come, I’ll be in good hands. 

Personal Assistant - I was pleasantly surprised when I first ran a scan in CleanMyMacX. A small chat bubble appeared which offered suggestions for clearing my system down. You can access this assistant from the top right corner of the window whenever you wish. Nice touch. 

Faster Scan - it’s actually up to three times faster (and to be fair it was pretty swift before!). 

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Improved scanning algorithms - now there is more chance of something being found on your Mac that you don’t need anymore. 

The app also looks and feels better as it’s had a complete redesign from top to bottom. Lovely backgrounds, bright icons and looks at home on a Retina display for sure. 

t’s not the cheapest software around, that’s for sure. You can make a one-time purchase for $90 or have a yearly subscription for $40 (there is a 50% reduction if you are upgrading from CleanMyMac 3) however I think it’s a great update to an already fine application and I recommend it fully to users of new and older systems alike. 

See it here.

Clean My Mac 3

Clean My Mac 3 is one those applications that can easily slip under the radar. Yet if you have been using it regularly and one day it isn't there, you REALLY notice it.

Clean My Mac 3 consists of a series of test and processes, all wrapped up in a wonderfully intuitive interface, with one goal in mind - that is to help your Mac to perform at it's optimum speed and reclaim valuable disk space. The amount of cruft that builds up over time and applications like Mail and iTunes is staggering and without a tool like this to help you keep on top of it, things can get unwieldy before you know it.

There are many great features built-in. I regularly perform the Maintenance scripts once per week (there is an OmniFocus task setup to remind me of this) to keep things ticking over nicely.

Also, the Smart Cleanup feature scans for System Junk, Photo Junk, Mail Attachments, iTunes Junk, Trash Bins and Large and Old Files, calculating how much space you can easily save. Clicking the Clean button will then release this space. Quick and easy.

As well as these standard tools, there are other great features such as an Application Uninstaller, which will remove applications and, just as importantly, the residual files that can remain. There is also a Shredder will will erase files, making them unrecoverable. You can remove your browsing history from any or all of your installed browsers as well.

Clean My Mac 3 is a real swiss army knife of features and I cannot recommend it enough. Having this bad boy sitting in the background, ready to streamline your machine at a moment's notice is a real help.