CleanMyMac

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  1. Texas_Toast macrumors 6502a

    Texas_Toast

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    What does a program like "CleanMyMac" do that going into Disk Utility and formatting your startup disk won't do?

    Am I missing something here?

    I am reading this article on doing a "clean install" and they make it sound like you need to use that program to get things clean?
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Maybe you missed seeing that article is by MacPaw - the company that sells the CleanMyMac app, and they would appreciate it if you buy it from them. I think it is called "advertising", or, at least "self-promotion".
    But, to answer your first question: Formatting/erasing the hard drive with Disk Utility is free (and frees you from all data on the drive, too!). CleanMyMac has a free trial, and hopefully (for MacPaw) you will like it, and pay them $39.95 (for each computer where you install CMM, btw) for a license. Do you get anything that you can't get for free through another method? Nope.

    I hope that addresses your concerns about one of the "miracle drugs" of the Mac computing world... As with other drugs, sometimes you think that drugs make the world appear prettier, but it's often a false idea.
     
  3. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My bad! I didn't read the "fine print". :oops:

    Their (advertising) just made it sound like by only using macOS's built in Disk Utility, you might be leaving behind some remenant files that could cause issues. (I think that can happen in the Windows world - or at least in the past it seems like that could happen...)
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    There are numerous threads on the forum about fully deleting an app. If you're interested, search "How to fully delete an app"
     
  5. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Clean my Mac?

    No.
    No.
    NO.

    NO!

    Have I made myself clear?
     
  7. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aye aye, Capitan!

    Like I said before, Iw as just reading a seemingly useful article, and they had links to CleanMyMac.

    After checking out the company, I can see that their motives are questionable.

    Lesson learned!
     
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

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  9. 4Queen macrumors newbie

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    It's a completely unnecessary program. Caches exist for a reason, they are not piles of dust and cobwebs like MacPaw would have you believe. Constantly clearing out your caches can reduce speed, because then everything needs to be loaded from scratch.
     
  10. MSastre macrumors 6502

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    CleanMyMac causes more problems than it fixes.
     
  11. Texas_Toast thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Very eye-opening thread!

    Thanks for the warnings and wisdom!
     
  12. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Go with something freee like YASU! It just uses simple AppleScript commands with simple check marks!
     
  13. millerj123 macrumors 65816

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    I’m confused. Is it any good?
     
  14. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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    Do yourself a favor. Don't install ANY optimization apps, virus scanners, malware detectors or anything else that purports to protect your Mac from troubles.

    The only thing that can protect your Mac is YOU. Don't download/install apps from just anywhere. Don't visit porn sites. Don't believe everything you see. And most importantly, your Mac already runs all the maintenance scripts these "optimization" apps use, and if you have an SSD drive in your Mac, 50% of what they would do that the Mac doesn't already simply don't work.

    All those app categories contain nothing but apps that cause more problems than they solve. And in many cases, they ARE the very problem that they claim to solve.
     
  15. mathepac macrumors newbie

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    US$7.99 the last time I looked.
     

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