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CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 review | Macworld



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.

Handy Modules

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.

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CleanMyMac's Extenstions modules provide a central location to enable and disable plug-ins, such as for Safari or macOS. This is a nice touch and the menu can be customized as needed.

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.

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] While CleanMyMac's malware detection found many threats on our test Mac, several others missed it.

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.


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