MacPaw Launches CleanMyMac X With Smarter, Faster Mac Scanning and Cleaning

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MacPaw today announced the launch of CleanMyMac X, an updated version of the CleanMyMac software that's designed to help users get rid of unwanted files and clean up space on their Macs.

According to MacPaw, CleanMyMac X offers up a new Malware Removal option along with 14 tools for optimizing macOS. It also offers a Menu app for quick access to CleanMyMac X options, an extended Safety Database, and personalized cleanup tips.


A Smart Scan feature offers up a quick, complete scan of the Mac with options for Cleanup, Protection, and Speed to remove unnecessary system junk and malware while also offering performance optimization tips.

Scanning with CleanMyMac X is up to three times faster than the previous CleanMyMac 3 software, while the newly implemented Malware Removal tool will check for vulnerabilities and get rid of suspicious files.

An optimization module provides tools for managing login items, launch agents, and apps that are absorbing too many system resources, and a built-in assistant will provide explanations, reminders for regular checkups, and additional optimization steps that are meant to improve performance.


All of these tools are run when using the Smart Scan option, but there are also individual controls for cleaning up system junk, photo junk, mail attachments, trash bins, and iTunes junk.

Malware scans can also be conducted individually, as can optimization scans, and there is a built-in uninstaller and updater for application management.

MacPaw is charging $39.95 per year for a subscription to CleanMyMac X, or $89.95 for a one-time purchase, but the new software is also included in Setapp, MacPaw's Mac software subscription service priced at $9.99 per month.

Setapp offers more than 100 apps for the $9.99 per month price tag, including titles like iStat Menus, Bartender, Ulysses, Canary Mail, and more.

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eroslws

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This app is a waste of money. Just use DaisyDisk to locate and clean up stuff if your computer is really full of junk. Anything else you’re clearing out will slow down your computer temporarily as cache is rebuilt...unless of course you believe this company has insider knowledge above and beyond that of Apple’s own engineers. Remember, remnants of old apps are smaller than the CMMs install file and if they aren’t, DaisyDisk will make that obvious.
 

keysofanxiety

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I'm a big fan of this site and understand you need to make ends meet, but there needs to be a point where your editorial ethics take hold.

This is a crap program and you should, if anything, be discouraging people from using it. I don't care if you're an affiliate partner. If this is the stuff you'll be promoting for money, then myself and others will happily stop being contributors.
 

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I'm a big fan of this site and understand you need to make ends meet, but there needs to be a point where your editorial ethics take hold.

This is a crap program and you should, if anything, be discouraging people from using it. I don't care if you're an affiliate partner. If this is the stuff you'll be promoting for money, then myself and others will happily stop being contributors.
Crikey. Never thought I’d up vote you but would do so limitlessly for this post. Absolutely spot on.
 

adr1974

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I'm a big fan of this site and understand you need to make ends meet, but there needs to be a point where your editorial ethics take hold.

This is a crap program and you should, if anything, be discouraging people from using it. I don't care if you're an affiliate partner. If this is the stuff you'll be promoting for money, then myself and others will happily stop being contributors.
Why is it a crap program? Asking for a friend.
 

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I'm a big fan of this site and understand you need to make ends meet, but there needs to be a point where your editorial ethics take hold.

This is a crap program and you should, if anything, be discouraging people from using it. I don't care if you're an affiliate partner. If this is the stuff you'll be promoting for money, then myself and others will happily stop being contributors.
Can you briefly explain why you are saying this is crap and why you would discourage people from using it? That would be very helpful for me and others who may have OS-OCD lol
 

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I always use it but reading comments shall i not is it better to just leave it
 

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I'm a big fan of this site and understand you need to make ends meet, but there needs to be a point where your editorial ethics take hold.

This is a crap program and you should, if anything, be discouraging people from using it. I don't care if you're an affiliate partner. If this is the stuff you'll be promoting for money, then myself and others will happily stop being contributors.
This is one of the better posts I’ve seen on Macrumors. Good job, sir.
 

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If people really want a program like this, get OnyX. Does the same and it is free...
CleanMyMac is not worth the money as MacOS is good at keeping itself tidy and can maintain itself. CMM is in essence snake oil and sluggines on MacOS can often be alleviated by a restart (do not know how many friends this have helped)

If you have problems with space, use DaisyDisk to see what is hogging you SSD/HHD space.
if you have problem with programs, startup and such, go to system preferences -> users and groups -> login items and disable it there.

Dont pay for a pretty skin for basic functions
 

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I'm a big fan of this site and understand you need to make ends meet, but there needs to be a point where your editorial ethics take hold.

This is a crap program and you should, if anything, be discouraging people from using it. I don't care if you're an affiliate partner. If this is the stuff you'll be promoting for money, then myself and others will happily stop being contributors.
What’s so bad about it? Been using it since like 2011 almost weekly
 

quaresma

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Apple apologists will tell you all cleaning apps are junk... its true in 90% of the cases, but this one is different. It has an excellent safety database so it won’t harm your Mac. I know leftover files don’t take up much disk space, but why leave them on the disk? Why not remove them? Maybe I’m too OCD, but when I uninstall an app I want all leftover files to be gone. OSX doesn’t remove these on its own.
 

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People who bought it on August 5th or later will get free year of subscription. And I bought it on August 4th...

Edit: I recommend contacting them in cases like this ;-)
 
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Why is it a crap program? Asking for a friend.
Can you briefly explain why you are saying this is crap and why you would discourage people from using it? That would be very helpful for me and others who may have OS-OCD lol
An explanation of why this app is junk would be helpful to all readers, but especially non-technical types.
What’s so bad about it? Been using it since like 2011 almost weekly
To answer all of your questions. It doesn't really do anything that Onyx (free app) and well... your Mac itself can't already do. Having used this software for quite a few years on other people's Macs, I've found it to be unnecessary and sometimes more damaging when it attempts to clean out system level stuff. Really, the only thing that is of real good use on CMM is the clean up of Deleted App residue, but then again, there are free apps that do that too.

Simple, yes. Worth the money, ehh... no.
 

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To answer all of your questions. It doesn't really do anything that Onyx (free app) and well... your Mac itself can't already do. Having used this software for quite a few years on other people's Macs, I've found it to be unnecessary and sometimes more damaging when it attempts to clean out system level stuff. Really, the only thing that is of real good use on CMM is the clean up of Deleted App residue, but then again, there are free apps that do that too.

Simple, yes. Worth the money, ehh... no.
Appreciate it. So not crap in the sense that it's damaging to your system (provided one knows what/what not to remove), just superfluous and of not particular value given the free alternatives available.
 
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CleanMyMac gets unfairly lumped in with MacKeeper. I've used CMM occasionally for years, and it comes in handy for some tasks like thorough uninstalls, system status menu bar widget, and it now features like a one-stop update check for apps and malware checks.

Yes, there are free or lower-cost tools that can do many of these things, and there are a number of things it can do that most users shouldn't ever need because macOS looks after itself, but it's a thorough package that some may find useful. I do find their pricing on this to be high (though you now get malware scanning), but I like the fact it's included in the Setapp subscription. If you can find a few other apps within Setapp that you like, it becomes a pretty compelling subscription plan.
 

keysofanxiety

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What’s so bad about it? Been using it since like 2011 almost weekly
I always use it but reading comments shall i not is it better to just leave it
Can you briefly explain why you are saying this is crap and why you would discourage people from using it? That would be very helpful for me and others who may have OS-OCD lol
Why is it a crap program? Asking for a friend.
Every time I see CMM mentioned there are these arguments. I don’t know why.

MalwareBytes correctly detects this application as a PUP (potentially unwanted program). That should say enough, but I'll expand.

It's very aggressively marketed and incorrectly promotes the idea that you need to carry out constant maintenance on your Mac. This is profoundly wrong.

Full of nice little animations to satisfy the Candy Crush generation. This tricks people into thinking their Mac’s running faster as a result — yet a simple restart would do just as much, which CMM will do anyway. It’s amazing how much goes wrong on macOS with a large 30 day uptime.

You don’t really know what it’s deleting. Not only is this incredibly dangerous but there have been instances where it’s caused damage to the operating system.

It used to be promoted as “on average, clears 50GB of data from a Mac.” On average. Now that’s either one of two things: an outright lie, or a terrifyingly high number. That should not be right.

Furthermore the people who defend it always seem to go back to the argument: “Well I’ve always used it and it’s never done any damage.

As if that’s the criteria for a good application. It’s never bricked my computer so it must be fine, right?

This application promotes ignorance about both good computing habits and how macOS works. At the absolute best case scenario, there are many other free apps which do the same thing CMM does and provides more information on what they’re doing.

There are countless seas of threads about this. Avoid cleaner apps on both Mac and Windows. Practice good computing habits and use MalwareBytes. It’s as simple as that.
 

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Apple apologists will tell you all cleaning apps are junk... its true in 90% of the cases, but this one is different. It has an excellent safety database so it won’t harm your Mac. I know leftover files don’t take up much disk space, but why leave them on the disk? Why not remove them? Maybe I’m too OCD, but when I uninstall an app I want all leftover files to be gone. OSX doesn’t remove these on its own.
You can do all the cleaning on high sierra without any 3rd party app as it is. It’s a complete waste of money.
 

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MacPaw is charging $39.95 per year for a subscription to CleanMyMac X, or $89.95 for a one-time purchase, but the new software is also included in Setapp, MacPaw's Mac software subscription service priced at $9.99 per month.

I understand making a living from software development is hard but normal users have to decipher this price structure and decide what is right for them. It makes me wish the App store would just take off so I didn't have to deal with 3 different choices to use an application and let's phase it, power users probably won't buy CleanMyMac. so likely it's my grandfather who now has a $40 a year subscription for the rest of his life for an application he used once.
 
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Every time I see CMM mentioned there are these arguments. I don’t know why.

MalwareBytes correctly detects this application as a PUP (potentially unwanted program). That should say enough, but I'll expand.

It's very aggressively marketed and incorrectly promotes the idea that you need to carry out constant maintenance on your Mac. This is profoundly wrong.

Full of nice little animations to satisfy the Candy Crush generation. This tricks people into thinking their Mac’s running faster as a result — yet a simple restart would do just as much, which CMM will do anyway. It’s amazing how much goes wrong on macOS with a large 30 day uptime.

You don’t really know what it’s deleting. Not only is this incredibly dangerous but there have been instances where it’s caused damage to the operating system.

It used to be promoted as “on average, clears 50GB of data from a Mac.” On average. Now that’s either one of two things: an outright lie, or a terrifyingly high number. That should not be right.

Furthermore the people who defend it always seem to go back to the argument: “Well I’ve always used it and it’s never done any damage.

As if that’s the criteria for a good application. It’s never bricked my computer so it must be fine, right?

This application promotes ignorance about both good computing habits and how macOS works. At the absolute best case scenario, there are many other free apps which do the same thing CMM does and provides more information on what they’re doing.

There are countless seas of threads about this. Avoid cleaner apps on both Mac and Windows. Practice good computing habits and use MalwareBytes. It’s as simple as that.
Thank you im deleting it ive always done it daily thinking its making my mac faster thank you for opening my eyes
[doublepost=1536154305][/doublepost]Help guys do we need on macos to clesn cache all the time mu ocd thinks it speeds up my mac
 

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I'm a fan despite the naysayers. It shows me whats its deleting and what its doing. And the average of 50GB of data is somewhat true when you take into consideration that it cleans up the caches and you can use it to trim the attachments from mail and so on. And no, a simple restart will NOT do the same thing. If you have the time to search your entire drive after you remove an app, thats cool. I don't. I'd much rather push a button and have it gone.

I don't know, I get that people don't trust these kinds of apps but I'm fairly certain that those same people have not used an app like this is years. Sure, you can use other apps like Onyx to do some of the same things, but for me, having one app that can do all that is worth it. Is it necessary? No, but I find it very useful.

I might change my mind if it completely screws something up but having used it for at least 5 years now, I've never had a bad experience with it.
 
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I'm a fan despite the naysayers. It shows me whats its deleting and what its doing. And the average of 50GB of data is somewhat true when you take into consideration that it cleans up the caches and you can use it to trim the attachments from mail and so on. And no, a simple restart will NOT do the same thing. If you have the time to search your entire drive after you remove an app, thats cool. I don't. I'd much rather push a button and have it gone.

I don't know, I get that people don't trust these kinds of apps but I'm fairly certain that those same people have not used an app like this is years. Sure, you can use other apps like Onyx to do some of the same things, but for me, having one app that can do all that is worth it. Is it necessary? No, but I find it very useful.

I might change my mind if it completely screws something up but having used it for at least 5 years now, I've never had a bad experience with it.
If it suits your use, great. Just letting you know though that DaisyDisk ($9.99), Onyx (Free), and MalwareBytes (Free) is a better value.
 
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