Anyone Using "CleanMyMac X" Program ?

Robert4

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Hello,

Anyone using the program: "CleanMyMac X" ?

Effective ?
Safe ?
Worth $40 ?

I am most interested in speeding up the switching between W10 via Bootcamp, and back to the Mac OS.

Not particularly interested in claiming more HD space; have plenty.
Only would hope for a betterment in speed.

Any thoughts on CleanMyMac X would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Bob
 
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Cool Pup

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Don’t do it. Plenty of threads about how it’s a useless program at best and malware at worst.

It won’t help with switching between OSs either.
Useless? To hardcore users with a lot of storage space, maybe. Malware? That's a pretty big claim to make and I don't know if that's true.

I don't use CleanMyMac X, I still use 3 and it is an excellent program to get rid of useless files that are adding bulk to your system. I've gotten about 12+ GB back running it every so often, and outlets such as Daring Fireball support it so I think that's a strong enough endorsement for me. I'm sure X is just as good if not better than 3 for what it's worth.

I don't know if it'll help your Bootcamp situation but it's primarily used for cleaning up and maintaining space on your disk, so if that interests you or anyone reading this, I say go for it.

For people that don't know how to use Terminal to completely clear files off of their system I think CleanMyMac, at least 3, is completely good for clearing up data on your computer in an easy way. It's expensive but worth it in my opinion. I'm sure there's cheaper or free options but I have not had any issues with it in my years using it.
 
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keysofanxiety

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Useless? To hardcore users with a lot of storage space, maybe. Malware? That's a pretty big claim to make and I don't know if that's true.

I don't use CleanMyMac X, I still use 3 and it is an excellent program to get rid of useless files that are adding bulk to your system. I've gotten about 12+ GB back running it every so often, and outlets such as Daring Fireball support it so I think that's a strong enough endorsement for me. I'm sure X is just as good if not better than 3 for what it's worth.

I don't know if it'll help your Bootcamp situation but it's primarily used for cleaning up and maintaining space on your disk, so if that interests you or anyone reading this, I say go for it.

For people that don't know how to use Terminal to completely clear files off of their system I think CleanMyMac, at least 3, is completely good for clearing up data on your computer in an easy way. It's expensive but worth it in my opinion. I'm sure there's cheaper or free options but I have not had any issues with it in my years using it.
I’m incredibly weary of arguing this point every time there’s a CMM thread.

Removing 12+ GB worth of files on average (by your own account) when you don’t really know what it’s removing is not a positive. 12GB really is an awful lot of data and that should be causing alarm bells if anything. Unless you’d care to elaborate exactly what those 12GBs were?

“It’s never caused any issues” is not the criteria for a good application and that seems to be people’s main defence for it. No, it’s a program with a shiny candy-crush interface, which panders to user ignorance and OCD by making them feel better after they “clean their Mac” and get a lovely animation to tell them that.

There are plenty of free alternatives to what CMM claims to do anyway. If you’re looking to remove a specific application with its associated files, get AppCleaner: https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/

If you want to see what’s taking up disk space on your Mac, use OmniDiskSweeper: https://www.omnigroup.com/more/
 

Robert4

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Hi All,

Much thanks for comments and really good suggestions.
Much appreciated.

Great Forum and folks.

Thanks again,
Bob
 

mreg376

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Hello,

Anyone using the program: "CleanMyMac X" ?

Effective ?
Safe ?
Worth $40 ?

I am most interested in speeding up the switching between W10 via Bootcamp, and back to the Mac OS.

Not particularly interested in claiming more HD space; have plenty.
Only would hope for a betterment in speed.

Any thoughts on CleanMyMac X would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Bob
Excellent utility. Don't listen to the negative comments here -- they're referring to reviews of the earliest versions years ago. I use it occasionally, and it is particularly useful in uninstalling the crap associated with programs you want to get rid of. It is also good for fixing annoying and problem-producing issues relating to screwed up permissions and docs launching with the wrong programs.
But it really shines when I use it to clean up a friend's machine before upgrading their hard drive to an SSD or larger SSD, and I am often able to use it to fix nagging annoyances and QUICKLY dump GIGABYTES of useless garbage, making the upgrade process much easier. I have been using it since the previous version (3 I think), and has it has performed 100% flawlessly. You can let it work automatically, or you can supervise every deletion. I have never had an issue on any Mac I have used it on (meaning, it has never removed something it shouldn't). Can you find and download a half-dozen free utilities to do the same thing, or get the same things accomplished combing through the folders and subfolders of your HD/SSD? Probably. But CleanMyMac is $40, not $200, and if your time is valuable, CMM has it all. I doubt any of the naysayers here have ever used it, or have used any of the recent versions. Highly recommended.
 
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keysofanxiety

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Excellent utility. Don't listen to the negative comments here -- they're referring to reviews of the earliest versions years ago. I use it occasionally, and it is particularly useful in uninstalling the crap associated with programs you want to get rid of. It is also good for fixing annoying and problem-producing issues relating to screwed up permissions and docs launching with the wrong programs.
But it really shines when I use it to clean up a friend's machine before upgrading their hard drive to an SSD or larger SSD, and I am often able to use it to fix nagging annoyances and QUICKLY dump GIGABYTES of useless garbage, making the upgrade process much easier. I have been using it since the previous version (3 I think), and has it has performed 100% flawlessly. You can let it work automatically, or you can supervise every deletion. I have never had an issue on any Mac I have used it on. Can you find and download a half-dozen free utilities to do the same thing? Of course. But CleanMyMac is $40, not $200, and if your time is valuable, CMM has it all. I doubt any of the naysayers here have ever used it, or have used any of the recent versions. Highly recommended.
Exactly what are these “gigabytes of useless garbage”? And by “performed 100% flawlessly”, that means it, what, cleared up the space it said it would without bricking your Mac?

You talk about naysayers as if being skeptical of such applications is such a bad thing. Yet the only positive comments from people who use it are either:

1) Incredibly vague with what masses of data it’s actually detecting and removing
2) “It’s never caused an issue that I can see” — ergo, it must be good.

Beyond your wildly indistinct description on its magic to remove gigabytes of stuff, could you actually elaborate on what it scans for, what it removes, and why this is beneficial? If you don’t know that, then maybe you shouldn’t be recommending an application which removes gigabytes worth of data with each scan.
 

mreg376

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Exactly what are these “gigabytes of useless garbage”? And by “performed 100% flawlessly”, that means it, what, cleared up the space it said it would without bricking your Mac?

You talk about naysayers as if being skeptical of such applications is such a bad thing. Yet the only positive comments from people who use it are either:

1) Incredibly vague with what masses of data it’s actually detecting and removing
2) “It’s never caused an issue that I can see” — ergo, it must be good.

Beyond your wildly indistinct description on its magic to remove gigabytes of stuff, could you actually elaborate on what it scans for, what it removes, and why this is beneficial? If you don’t know that, then maybe you shouldn’t be recommending an application which removes gigabytes worth of data with each scan.
I don't work for CleaMyMac, and I've elaborated enough. I never said gigabytes of data "with each scan" and I also said that you can supervise every item it suggests to delete. You can reread my post, maybe a little more carefully. The OP can read the details of the program's inner workings on the CleanMyMac website, and the excellent professional reviews of CleanMyMac X out there. Or he can listen to people like you, who think that they're too smart for these stupid utilities, who mischaracterizes what has been posted and obviously just doesn't wan't to pay $40, and not buy it.
 

keysofanxiety

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I don't work for CleaMyMac, and I've elaborated enough. I never said gigabytes of data "with each scan" and I also said that you can supervise every item it suggests to delete. You can reread my post, maybe a little more carefully. The OP can read the details of the program's inner workings on the CleanMyMac website, and the excellent professional reviews of CleanMyMac X out there. Or he can listen to people like you, who think that they're too smart for these stupid utilities, who mischaracterizes what has been posted and obviously just doesn't wan't to pay $40, and not buy it.
So as you don’t really know the answer, especially to how and why this would be beneficial to the OP, you’re resorting to an ad hominem attack and say “do the research yourself”.

I’d also love to know how CMM would improve the speed in switching between MacOS and Windows, which was what the OP asked in the first place.

Good job, champ.
 

jazz1

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I use it and I am very happy with it (Clean-My-Mac X). It has never given me any real problems, or damaged my data or apps. with any version. I think I had to contact support once some time ago. I can't even remember the issue. But whatever it is I can remember I got good support at the time.
In fact I find it a vital utility considering my iMac's hard drive is 1tb. Yeah, I should have gone bigger:confused:.

Yesterday it even pointed out I had a lot of iOS leftover junk from when I used to use my iMac as an iPhone(s) backups. I haven't used this, or my previous iMacs for this kind of direct iPhone to iMac back-up for years. But of course my transfer back-ups to new iMacs over the years have brought all this junk along. 13 gigs of space recovered! Of course this is a one shot deal because I do not connect my iPhone to my iMac or my iPad for that matter. But geez! 13 gigs!

Just running the regular clean-up routine saves me up to 2 or 3 gigs of storage almost every time it runs. I also like the other options that help find large old files for potential trashing, and de-installing old apps. seem to work very well. Note, I listen to music, watch movies and do a lot of photo tweaking so maybe that junks up my machine. BTW I don't find the app. "vague" at all about what it is removing. It certainly identifies categories of what it wants to remove in its automatic mode. It also gets more specific when you ask it to look for large files, or the iOS back-up junk it found.

I'm sure that there are other ways to do of all this clean up, and as well as options for malware protection. BTW I use several malware protections apps. I'm paranoid I guess. But, my point is that it is easy to use and is a great all-in-one package.


Has anyone that has actually used it had serious problems? It would be good to know.
 

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Hello,

Anyone using the program: "CleanMyMac X" ?

Effective ?
Safe ?
Worth $40 ?

I am most interested in speeding up the switching between W10 via Bootcamp, and back to the Mac OS.

Not particularly interested in claiming more HD space; have plenty.
Only would hope for a betterment in speed.

Any thoughts on CleanMyMac X would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Bob
**** no- stay as far away from that spam **** as possible
 

mreg376

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So as you don’t really know the answer, especially to how and why this would be beneficial to the OP, you’re resorting to an ad hominem attack and say “do the research yourself”.

I’d also love to know how CMM would improve the speed in switching between MacOS and Windows, which was what the OP asked in the first place.

Good job, champ.
People like you, chump, are the reason that others stay away from these forums. The OP asked about CMM, and I told him what about it I found useful. I'm not about to be cross-examined by you or any other self-proclaimed expert who likes to hear himself talk. The OP's research may or may not be finished -- that's up to him. And if you want to try to hijack this thread to have a trial on my meaning of the word "garbage" that's up to you, but I won't be going along.
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40 USD is a 1-year subscription... :D
I bought licenses for two computers for $40 -- a sale I think -- one for my iMac, and one to use on friends' machines to help them out. Works like a charm.
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It's what these forums attract. That's why you have to really weed out the crap. CMM did get some bad reviews six or eight years ago, and others just don't like or trust these commercial clean-up utilities. That's fine, but some people then go on a mission to try to dissuade others from using the programs, even if they have to twist, mischaracterize and fabricate issues.
 

alien3dx

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ccleaner.osx had no registry but the uninstall file sometimes need to remove.
 

G4DPII

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If people have so much information that can magically be removed without issue. THen they seriously need to look at how they manage and store things.

With common sense and half a braincell none of these programmes a re needed. Basic Data/File Management isn't hard. The only think finding files to delete from your HD is you, not some random bit of software that decides what it thinks you need to get rid of.
 

steveaburns

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I don't think CleanMyMac X will directly help switching performance between macOS and windows on bootcamp.

The question is do you need to boot windows for native hardware performance, for say games etc.?? If not, you can use something like Parallels Desktop and create a VM on macOS to host your Bootcamp windows... then you can have them side-by-side... and you don't have to keep switching via boot.
 

Hawk2Wind

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H everyone I have been using CleanMyMac for just over a year now and have had no problems with it and would recommend it. I also:) have the Appcleaner no one should be without it.
 
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