CleanMyMac X is MacPaw's catch-all software crud and gunk remover for Mac. This version swings for the fence, featuring new features like a malware scanner, expansion manager and a universal update for all your applications. This is in addition to CleanMyMac X's core features, which includes smart cleanup tools, system trash, email attachments, iTunes trash, trash boxes, a large and old file scanner, privacy scanner and uninstaller.
CleanMyMac X is also complimented by an enhanced menu menu that can be clicked to take care of convenient information like free hard disk space, free RAM, network connection speed, CPU usage, and a quick way to open your Dropbox account. An enhanced notification system lets you know which programs are suspended or suspended, but are not as intrusive as in previous versions of CleanMyMac.
As with previous versions, the modules work well and users can either perform generalized, overall system scans or embrace a reasonable degree of customization and specify what they want to see and to what extent. CleanMyMac X has built its core strengths to find gigabytes of various crud-cache files, unused language files and duplicate files, to clean up the room at a faster pace than previous versions.
New modules like Extensions and Updater are useful. With the Extensions module (which almost hangs back to Mac OS 9's Extensions Manager), you can quickly manage extensions without dive deep into macOS. The application update, in turn, provides a quick way to find all the applications you have and update them on airplanes, which becomes almost addictive in ease of use and functionality.
As with CleanMyMac 3, the Large & Old Files module helps you quickly see which files are eating the most space on your hard disk and quickly delete them as needed. This fits well with the Uninstaller module, which helps you quickly find your application programs and delete them as well as their support files, to remove them from your Mac forever.
All this combines with a decent new maintenance module that offers a range of system-level cleanup scripts (Free Up RAM, Run Maintenance Scripts, Flush DNS Cache, Speed Up Mail, Rebuild Launch Services, Reindex Spotlight, Repair Disabling) to freeing resources. The effort is appreciated, but free tools like Titanium Software's Onyx have historically done this better with more modules and customization.
Unfortunately, the malware module is where things are falling apart. During test days, I installed several well-known known Mac malware and adware on MacBook Pro running macOS 10.14.1 Mojave. These samples included MacKeeper, various free and questionable video players, and completely questionable tools that aim to speed up your Mac, but historically find "infections", change your browser and search engine settings, enable the speaker to let you know that your Mac has become broken and recommend calling an 800 number where a technician can help restore your computer for a fee.
When you run CleanMyMac X's malware module, claiming to be able to find and erase malicious software with security, missed every pace, found no malware or adware, and gladly reported that my Mac was clean, malware free and ready to go. I used a free version of Malwarebytes to find malicious software, quarantine, delete it, restart the computer, and make sure the malware was gone.
This is a huge problem, and unless MacPaw improves on the malware, it feels like you've opened the malware and adware ports on Mac if you're just using CleanMyMac X for protection. MacPaw says they are working on an update to resolve this issue.
CleanMyMac X sells for $ 39.95 for a one-year subscription for a single user and $ 89.95 for a one-time payment for a single user with the MacPaw store that offers different purchase levels depending on license needs. The software is available in a trial version, which allows you to run as many scans as you want, clean up to 500 MB of system failure, and run different tools a limited number of times.
CleanMyMac X has a reasonable amount of money for it, especially in terms of speed, new modules, and improved user interface, and it can make a significant advance for the program. Unfortunately, the Malware module appears to be where MacPaw has shot in the foot and must spend a number of caffeine-free nights fixing this in an upcoming update. Nevertheless, this does not have to be an absolute deal breaker, and if combined with a focused malicious software like Malwarebytes, CleanMyMac X offers its own benefits with its core advantage of removing gigabyte on gigabyte system trash in pace and worth assessment.