MacPaw has shot for the stars with the new version of CleanMyMac X, it's all Mac tools that serve as a software crud and gunk remover, as well as a malware scanner, macOS extensions manager and a universal update for your installed applications.
Since my first review of CleanMyMac X, MacPaw made some good improvements, although some features still lack what they can be.
MacPaw set out to make the menu bar much better used and succeeded. A quick click on the icon reveals useful information, such as how much space is left on each of your disk partitions, your machine's CPU load, how much RAM is available, your computer's operating temperature, and other useful information.
The modules are the key to CleanMyMac, and it is convenient to enable and disable macOS extensions quickly with the Extensions module, or chase outstanding files with the Large & Old Files module, which lets you see which files are eating space and deleting them quickly. The Uninstaller module was able to quickly find and pick out unnecessary applications during testing and accomplished something I had never seen before in an application removal program: it removed several programs at once, which is quite useful. The maintenance module handles tasks such as clearing RAM, running maintenance scripts, clearing the DNS cache, and repairing file permissions quickly, and cleaning up the macOS substrates as needed.
CleanMyMac X 4.4.1's new fame requirement is the Space Lens module, which provides a quick look at the hard drive's most likely folders. This is where the truth about what your eating space is like, like a 73GB Pictures folder inside the user's folder, can be slimmed down a bit.
Malicious Software Removal
Unfortunately, the Malware Removal module removed the previous version of CleanMyMac X in the foot, and in the latest version it does it again. MacPaw quotes extensive changes to this feature, and I was curious to try it. After installing all the dubious pieces of adware and malicious software I could find, I ran the Malware Removal module to see what the tool would find, categorize as suspicious, and what it would remove.
The results were not what I had hoped for. Despite the CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 finding 21 potential threats, there were several suspected applications, including the infamous MacKeeper and Advanced Mac Cleaner, which, when installed, loads into your Mac startup records, informing you how many threats it is noticed, then offers a phone number to call 24/7 live tech support.
By tagging malware that remained after reboot, I switched to a free copy of Malwarebytes, which picked up 11 threats during the scan, including questionable programs such as Advanced Mac Cleaner, Advanced Mac Tuner and MacKeeper, and continued tearing them out of the roots.
Even with CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 and Malwarebytes that worked together, there were some pieces of adware and malware that still needed to be hunted and removed alone. A search engine tool had to manually remove from Safari> Settings> Extensions settings, and a questionable PDF reader had to be uninstalled via the CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 Uninstaller module, which became another task.
Neither CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 nor Malwarebytes was perfect for the task at hand, but after months of development and promises of significant releases and improvements in this feature, the end result was a downturn. Granted, MacPaw is not working to be a malware prevention or security company, but they have appointed this feature as a prominent component of CleanMyMac X, and I feel it gave too much dubious software a complete pass and left software that would like to change your search engine settings to route your web traffic through dubious engines or inform you that your Mac is completely infected and just a strange company that charges $ 30 per month remotely "clean", your Mac is relying on.
CleanMyMac X retails for $ 34.95 for a one-year subscription or $ 89.95 as a one-time payment for a single user; The MacPaw store offers different purchase levels depending on license requirements. The software is also available in a trial version, which allows you to test the modules and clean up to 500 MB of system crashes at a time.
CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 has seen some great improvements, and it's a reliable, fast way to remove gigabytes of gunk from your hard drive. Its Uninstaller and Updater modules have been admirable in functionality and tools, but the malware module is still a wash and five months of development has not brought it to a level where I would feel comfortable recommending it to other Mac users for what is calculated purposes.