Judging by the number of online ads pushing Mac utilities which claim to clean up a Mac so as to make it perform better, those same aliens might conclude that Mac users are overly messy and reliant upon technology to keep electronic devices in good working order. Here’s a perfect example.
Clean My Mac, Jack!
It’s spring cleaning time here at Mac360 so we’ve assembled a few reviews on utilities that help you keep your Mac, well, somewhat clean, nearly pristine, and massage your OCD gene in the process.
My pick for spring cleaning is the CleanMyMac utility. What does it do? What would you expect an app that has a name like that to do to your Mac?
This perfectly name app applies a little OCD to the files on your Mac, making it easier to find files you don’t need, get rid of iPhoto photos you don’t want, delete apps nobody uses anymore, and make you feel good about the effort and the expense you went to just to say your Mac is clean.
CleanMyMac is graced with three basic functions. One is Cleaning. Two is Maintenance. Three is Health and Monitoring.
Cleaning is simple enough. This module scans you Mac for system junk files, iPhoto files that can be deleted, unused email attachments, iTunes cache files that can be deleted, and older, larger files that may not be used any longer.
Oh, and it takes out the Trash.
Maintenance is a bit different. CleanMyMac lets you remove browser files that you don’t want leave lying around (browsers know which websites you visited recently). But it also gives you an easier way to delete applications and clean up all the support and preference files they leave behind.
Finally, there’s Health and Monitoring which also features alerts. Alerts? When your Mac’s storage runs low, you get a notification. When RAM gets clogged, an alert pops up. If your Mac gets hot because you’re so fast on the keyboard, you’ll get a notice. Ditto for when your Mac’s battery begins to fall flat.
Of the utilities that claim to clean your Mac and improve performance CleanMyMac is one of my favorites because it does so much. The only real question to ask is, “Do I need all this to make my Mac work better?” Probably not. But peace of mind is worth some coin, and you’ll spend some on CleanMyMac. Neat freaks and geeks will love it.