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

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. SnarkyBear macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2014
    A lot of negativity here...has anyone actually had their computer damaged by this program?? Not trying to take sides, just wanting some data.
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    There is no such thing as a "compelling subscription plan" in my book. The subscription model is a plague of modern software selling. I absolutely refuse to subscribe to any software...and when a company makes that the only option (looking at you 1Password), I take my money elsewhere.
  2. rumplestiltskin macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2006
    "Such a shame if something bad was to happen to your Mac" (said the guy with the broken nose and cauliflower ear)

    A protection racket - nothing more or less.
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    Gary Z macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    A number of reputable review sites have given high marks to CleanMyMac 3. Here is one from TechReviewer. There are others. or

    I trust that those who are slamming CMM3 aren't thinking of the product MacKeeper which is a not only a "dog" and useless, but also harmful in that it brought malware to your computer. They've been sued and lost and hopefully will be out of business if not already.

    CMM by MacPaw on the other hand seems to be a worthwhile product if you use it properly. All apps of this type if used carelessly can cause damage and delete files that will cause problems with the OS.

    There too are certainly free apps out there most which I've tried and have much more basic UI's or are only one-dimensional in terms of their functionality. That's fine and I've certainly used some of them successfully as well.

    Whatever you end up using, don't check your brain at the door before deleting anything.
  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Or just use the one built-in to newer versions of MacOS. About This Mac > Storage > Manage.
  5. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    Does anyone run Setapp ? I am interested to know your thoughts.
  6. groove-agent macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2006
    I wouldn’t buy this app based on how often I get spammed to buy it.
  7. AussieAdam26 macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2018

    Why’s it crap? Genuinely interested. I’ve used it CleanMyMac 3 and have found it worth every cent.
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    You’re thinking of Mac Cleaner. This is a different company. And it’s awesome.
  8. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502a

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016
    yeah like why the hell wouldnt i just use omni disk sweeper and monolingual and onyx to do this type of **** considering that theyre free and not crap
  9. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Ex Windows user? I ask this cause most long time Mac users won't touch this App.

    I normally don't use bolded capital letters...I do now.


    I use Macs for a long time, been using OS X/macOS since the beginning, and I almost never have a problem, and if there's a problem it can always be repaired without using cleaner apps.

    One program which does wonders though for a corrupted disk is Diskwarrior, this is probably by far the best repair app if you need it.

    I never clean my Mac, except of course files I don't need, I never clean my caches nor anything else, it is not needed.

    To those who swear by this program, think again and listen to the ones which have long time experience with OS X/macOS.

    Malware scanner, not needed too, for what, I never had one single problem, NEVER, and I am not even thinking about using it for "other" people which run Windows, if I send something (which never happened) which included a malware file to a Windows computer it's their problem, they need protection, not me.
  10. Release macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2012
    Long time Mac user (Since 93) and I use the app and enjoy it. Theory blown.
  11. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Nope, there was a question mark.;)

    Oh, and I am Santa claus.....
  12. capandjudy macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2013
    Huntington, WV
    ---Not true.
  13. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    Just use DiskWarrior and Cocktail, besides macOS built-in tools.
  14. Uplift macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2011
    In my experience, there is one thing that Macs do badly, and that is removing apps. Dragging an app from Applications folder into bin does not uninstall it, it deletes that specific file leaving a mess of unused rubbish on the Mac.

    CMM detects when apps have been deleted and offers to remove them for you, in doing so it picks up related files and deletes them.

    Other than that I use the smart clean every once in a while.

    There is a lot of posts in here telling us not to use CMM, it's crap, it can damage your Mac, etc... yet not a string of evidence.

    That being said, I just can't see myself dipping on this again. Price goes up every year... I'll be looking for free alternatives.
  15. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    As I said before, Macs don't need maintenance, I do understand the uninstaller though, although not really needed either, there are other (cheaper) options, or just manually delete those files.
  16. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    What?! My brother told me you were dead!!!
  17. Uplift macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2011
    That's fair enough but doing it manually would be impossible, I don't know what the files are or where they are located. It's a useful feature... I think regardless of whether it's needed, why waste space? I remember deleting an email app, only a few MB... a few seconds later CMM popped up and offered to remove it 'properly' which recovered over 1GB.
  18. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Elvis is also....alive and kicking....;)
  19. scottct1 macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2012
    Connecticut USA
    I have been using CleanMyMac for years and it has been worth every penny.

    So today I upgraded to the new CMM X - and unfortunately I haven't received my registration information yet.

    For those who are in the same boat as me, they are having issues here is the email I just received.

    Steve Truong (Paddle)

    Sep 5, 21:16 BST

    Hi Scott‍,

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    We are currently experiencing technical issues causing delays in sending the license through to you,

    We are aware of this and have our senior engineers looking to get this fixed as soon as possible - we expect this issue to be resolved within 24 hours.

    Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

    Kind regards,
    Steve Truong

    Paddle Support | London, UK |
  20. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    It’s snake oil, pure and simple. This and Mackeeper have been parting simple folk from their money for years.
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    Paid reviews for software no one needs. Not malicious like Mackeeper but it still preys on folk who have the windows mentality of running programs like this to ‘optimise’ the system.
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    All that means is that you have had a Mac since 93 but clearly you don’t know how to use it :p
  21. scottishwildcat macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Er, you know exactly what it's deleting. It gives you a complete list of every file that you can review and edit as you see fit.
  22. Release macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2012
  23. expiredyogurt macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2016
    not america
    isnt this essentially a virus app or something? I remember seeing an app that disguise itself as a cleaning app but really its just a nag-ware spyware combo? macrumours is promoting this kind of app because they paid them or something? time to move to a different forum now
  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As I have said many times, I would not recommend using CleanMyMac or any similar apps. You 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, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.

    These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're almost out of drive space. In fact, deleting some caches can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt.

    Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance. macOS does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.

    You also don't need such apps for app removal, since no such app does a thorough job of finding and removing files/folders related to deleted apps. If you just want to delete the app, drag the .app file to the trash. No other software needed. If you want to completely remove all associated files/folders, no removal apps will do the job.

    In the interest of keeping your Mac running well and limiting the possibility of problems, stay far away from CleanMyMac.
  25. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    Look, it may be "legitimate" if just a fancy veneer for free stuff. OnyX is fab, and I contributed - you should too.

    Part of the reputation is derived from shady advertising, and long-running scare tactics. Even if it did just act as a utility, the idea that it presents itself as some sort of hero is aggrandising. That's the reputation

    If it works fine today, for you, great. However seeing something that is scaring people into running it will always make enemies of the experienced. It's a negative tactic, and it attempts to hide the idea that the tools are already there. That's what is so disliked.

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