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  1. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    Has anyone used this app? I found an ad on MR, downloaded, and scanned but I'm a little apprehensive about the work that it does. Could removing the binaries on apps damage them at all? Are languages easy to reinstall if I need them later?

    User experiences much appreciated!
  2. MAC-PRO-DEMON macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Up north in Yorkshire :)
    Is crap....

    It doesn't work on my machine... so I am not going to say anymore...

    I would however... try out MacDust... which is cheaper... and better in my oppinion...

  3. yojitani thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    It seems to work on my machine, although I haven't run it through the cleaning exercise because I want to know what it's doing first. Does MacDust sweep out the binary code?

    edit: so I downloaded MacDust. It doesn't really do what CleanMyMac does. CleanMyMac claims to remove binary files which, according to the scan take up a whopping 4GB of space and, more importantly in my view, weigh down a few apps. I'm just worried about doing it since I don't really understand what the consequences might be.
  4. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    I too am curious about the potential consequences of removing universal binaries from my apps, thereby freeing up some space and also making the apps run quicker?

    Does anyone know if this works, or if there are any apps that I should specifically avoid doing this on? Will it make apps run quicker as it claims?

    Any other thoughts? Thanks!
  5. yojitani thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    I"m going to try it out later today. I'll post my impressions here.
  6. yojitani thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    I wanted to post more than this today, but I'm a little short of time. The skinny: I can't say I notice any difference in the speed of any applications, even heavy ones like photoshop. It did mess up my Speed Download for some reason, but I have not noticed any other problems. I'm not really sure this app is worth it. It does what it says it does, but the results are far from impressive.
  7. nuwonda macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    cannot remove cleanmymac completely

    I tried CleanMyMac (Demo) and really don't like it. I removed it and when checking in the console I now still see dozens of log entries "CleanMyMacHelperApp started..." and "CleanMyMacHelperApp exited..." even after I removed the app.

    How do I get rid of that CleanMyMacHelperApp process?
    Needless to say, I am extremely dissatisfied by this application.
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Bloatmymac you mean? That product never stopped running and it wasn't exactly generous with my RAM. Certainly not the the ccleaner of Mac. Luckily, Snow Leopard gave me an excuse to clean install.
  9. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    This can be tricky. I would hope that any developer who is inserting processes like this would have some robust instructions on uninstalling. Apparently not. Before you proceed, you should run Activity Monitor and quit the CleanMyMac process.

    How did you uninstall? If you simply dragged the icon to the trash, you might try this: Download/reinstall CleanMyMac and then use something like AppCleaner to uninstall it.

    If you did use an uninstaller, then the software that launches the process was left behind (obviously).

    Here's how you can find it, maybe:

    Go to the Finder and type in the exact name of the process in the Find box in the upper right hand corner of a window. (Using Command-Space won't be as helpful as you'll see in a sec.)

    (Spotlight will default to look in a file's contents for the string. Things might progress more quickly if you select the "File Name" button.)

    Spotlight probably won't find it. BUT ... click the little plus sign so that you add another search criteria. Click the Other ... button and a panel appears with a list of more options. Select "System Files."

    Spotlight will default to "System Files ... aren't included." Change that to "are included."

    If you don't see the CleanMyMac process, then there's a deviation between the file names. If you do find it, I don't think you'll have any trouble deleting it, but someone else may want to weigh in on that score.

  10. nuwonda macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    I just dragged it to the trash bin.

    As you remarked Spotlight did not find any "CleanMyMacHelperApp" and no search so far did turn up any file/app of that name.

    I will try the "include system files" approach you mentioned. Thanks.

    If all else fails I will have to reinstall that cursed demo and deinstall with AppCleaner as you suggested. Although I really hate to reinstall that app again...

    Will post the results later today.

  11. yojitani thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    I just did a search and came up with the file that is probably causing the problems at ~/library/application support/cleanmymac

    I hardly use this app. You never really know how it's going to mess up other applications with the binary trimming it does and there's really not enough support with the app to tell you what it does. I prefer onyx.
  12. nuwonda macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    /Library/Application Support/CleanMyMac
    is the culprit.

    And there also is a directory:

    And I also found stuff left in:


    Which I just nuked... Good riddance.

    Sidenote: I only installed this app cause I saw the banner on

    Thanks for the help!

    Happy camper again.
  13. lilskaterpunk macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2008
    So I take it CleanMyMac is useless...?
    I also read about it and someone recommended it to me.
    Does Mac Snow Leopard 10.6.2 come with a program to clean my MBP? or what's the best way to perform a disk clean up?
  14. yojitani thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    It's not useless. It does what it says it will do, but you have to be careful. Some apps don't like being 'cleaned.' Speed Download, for example, completely stopped after I 'cleaned' it. It can remove the burdensome language files though.

    For general maintenance, I use Onyx and Tech Tool 5. In fact, I just did a full maintenance this evening and my mac seems to be performing a little better.

    Let us know what kind of cleaning it is you want to do and I'm sure we can give you better advice.
  15. teejay87 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2010
    Actually, this does not disable launch of CleanMyMacHelperTool.
    It only makes it impossible. But OS will keep trying to start it every time you modify .Trash folder, e.g. emptying the trash.

    In fact, every time you do that, console will show this:[260
    (com.macpaw.CleanMyMac.helperTool[673]) posix_spawn("/Users/Me/Library/Application Support/CleanMyMac/CleanMyMacHelperTool", ...): No such file or directory

    because you deleted it.

    I solved this problem with the open source software Lingon which monitors all services on your mac.

    Just start it, click on the lock (bottom-left) to make changes, select com.macpaw.CleanMyMac.helperTool, then File -> Delete (or Cmd-Backspace).

    Now reboot to load new settings.

    And u'll finally get rid of it!
  16. mrmember macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2008
    teejay7, thanks so much! I have Snow Leopard and I downloaded Lingon 1.2 (didn't see the 2.1.1 update) and followed your easy instructions and now Spotlight sees no CleanUpMyMac on my computer. That's great and from now on I'm going to be more careful what I download....get reviews, etc, first! Thanks again!

    (Is Lingon an app like AppZapper?)
  17. Greka macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    CleanMyMac Self-Destruct

    Hello everyone!
    After reading this post I see that probably all of you forgot that CleanMyMac is actually a cleaner app and it can uninstall any applications correctly.

    This includes CleanMyMac itself. You can just open it and drag its own app file into the Applications module to scan and Remove itself completely, including the helper tool and all the related files.

    I'm not gonna be saying if CleanMyMac is good or bad, because I work in MacPaw TechSupport, but you can just go to Apple Downloads and check what is the most popular Utility there ;)
  18. teejay87 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2010
    You're welcome!

    I don't have knowledge of AppZapper, but Lingon is actually a plist creator for launchd (Launch deamon of MacOS X, which is father of most processes).

    I think this should can be removed by simply dragging it in the Trash, like all other applications on Mac.

    Anyway, that's not intuitive!
  19. nzmac, Nov 19, 2011
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    nzmac macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010
  20. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    A) nice necropost ;)

    B) Don't bother with the app, it's crap.

    C) Even though it's crap, it's a paid app, I don't think that MacRumors condones piracy.
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You really don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Most only remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space. It will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space.

    One app that I would not recommend, based on the number of complaints that have been posted in this forum and elsewhere, is CleanMyMac. As an example: CleanMyMac cleaned too much.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software.

    Since this thread has been resurrected, I'll respond to an older post that is misleading:

    No, it does NOT uninstall applications correctly. In most cases, app removal software such as CleanMyMac, AppZapper, AppCleaner, etc. doesn't do a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. For more information, read this.

    The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
  22. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  23. Skyrim macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2011
    Clean my mac works very well for me. I did not meet the problem with it. If you really do not like clean my mac, you can find other clean software. Some of them even are free, like this one on the macupdate.

    Or you can also not use any third party software and manually clean the useless cache files, log files and others. It requires some computer knowledge though.
  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    While you may not have yet encountered problems with it, enough people have that it remains to be prudent to avoid this app. With so many reporting problems, it's not wise to take the risk, especially with much safer, more reputable apps available free, like Onyx.
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