CleanMyMac 3

Need to quickly re­claim disk space? CleanMyMac 3 of­fers to make it so

Mac Format - - RATED -

£34.95 (£17.50 up­grade) Devel­oper MacPaw, macpaw.com

Re­quires OS X 10.8 or higher

The third it­er­a­tion of MacPaw’s Mac cleaner is here and in­cludes sev­eral much-needed im­prove­ments and new fea­tures.

There’s a new menu bar icon to of­fer con­ve­nient ac­cess to the main pro­gram, as well as a quick sum­mary of drive space, mem­ory and Trash. The main in­ter­face also gains an op­tional dash­board view with a de­tailed break­down of key stats.

The pro­gram in­cludes six clean­ing tools and five util­i­ties – four of which are new to ver­sion 3 (Mail At­tach­ments, iTunes Junk, Main­te­nance and Pri­vacy). There’s lit­tle ground-break­ing here, although we like the new Main­te­nance tool’s prom­ise to fix ap­pli­ca­tion er­rors and op­ti­mise your disk and search in­dex.

One crit­i­cism of past ver­sions is the fact it’s too easy to scan and clean up with the two-click Smart Cleanup mod­ule. It’s a risky ap­proach that may re­sult in you ac­ci­den­tally delet­ing a crit­i­cal file or set­ting. While CleanMyMac 3 does a bet­ter job of pro­vid­ing ex­plana­tory notes for each clean­ing tool, it still doesn’t make it manda­tory that you re­view what it’s found be­fore go­ing fur­ther. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant con­sid­er­ing no fail-safe mech­a­nisms are pro­vided.

CleanMyMac 3 is a slick, fast app that will clean your Mac. But the lack of an undo tool or backup pro­tec­tion makes it hard to rec­om­mend to the very peo­ple it’s tar­geted at: less ex­pe­ri­enced users who want a sim­ple, quick and safe cleanup tool. Nick Peers

CleanMyMac is slick, ef­fi­cient and gets the job done – sadly, though, in many ways it’s too ef­fi­cient.

Mod­ules add clean­ing power

UI clearly dis­plays key stats

No built-in fail-safes

Free tools avail­able else­where

The Smart Cleanup mod­ule makes it easy – too easy – to scrub your hard drive.

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