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  • MacPaw CleanMyMac 2
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  • Last modified: June 24, 2016
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CleanMyMac 2 is a simple and safe software for cleaning up your cluttered Mac computer.


UPDATE: CleanMyMac 3 has been released, read the review.

MacPaw has been developing premium Macintosh applications for some time now and have some serious experience under their belt. Their latest release is CleanMyMac 2, is the revamped version of their original CleanMyMac software. This software is supported on any machines running OS X 10.7 (Mountain Lion) or later and you can purchase a single license for $39.95 (discounted rates for bulk licenses). I posted a review of the original version back in February so I think it's about time we give the redesigned version a proper look at.

In comparison, CleanMyMac 2 was bumped up $10 for its retail price so it is now slightly less affordable than its predecessor, but still reasonably priced compared to most consumers' budgets. MacPaw completely renovated the CleanMyMac 2 interface in which they did a heck of a job as it is one of the cleanest and attractive interfaces that I've seen for a Mac software at this price-point. The interface is simple and straightforward with only a few large buttons and each of the different cleaning components are nicely organized into separate tabs for further ease of use.

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When opening the software, you can simply click the large scan button at the bottom center of the interface which will analyze each tab then present you with the potential amount of space (per tab) that it suspects can be cleaned at that current time. The scanning process is quick and efficient thus saving you time over some of its weaker competitors.

Each tab deals with a different segment of your Mac so I'll briefly explain them below:

  • Automatic Cleanup – selecting this tab and clicking “clean” will automatically clean any elements that were deemed unnecessary from the System, iPhoto, & Trash Cleanup tabs.
  • System Cleanup – this tab deals with system data such as language files, cache, log files, old iOS software updates, and universal binaries.
  • Large & Old Files – this tab scans all your files and folders to find your largest files and determines whether you have opened them recently. If you haven't used the files recently, it may trigger these files as clutter and opt for you to delete them to save space.
  • iPhoto Cleanup – when you use iPhoto or Aperture, your computer will automatically save backup copies of any photos in your library that you have edited. This includes rotated, red-eyed, or color adjusted photos so CleanMyMac 2 scans your iPhoto library to get rid of the originals and save the altered photos.
  • Trash Cleanup – this tab is pretty straight forward and it simply allows you to empty your system trash folder as well as empty the trash of any external drives. It also supports the purging of iPhoto trash.
  • Uninstaller – this feature is similar to CCleaner's uninstall functionality in which it allows you to scan and remove any existing applications in their entirety leaving no leftover files or data behind to take up unnecessary space. In addition, CleanMyMac 2 has the option to reset certain applications to their initial state.
  • Extension Manager – by utilizing this tab you can easily edit and remove any extensions or 3rd party plugins you may have installed in the past
  • Eraser – this feature allows you to completely delete any file or folder without leaving any fragments behind. This means it will be unrecoverable with 3rd party recovery software

From my experience with the software, CleanMyMac 2 is like the free software CCleaner, but on steroids. Compared to CCleaner, it features a simpler interface, more advanced features, and the ability to pin-point exactly which files you want to get rid of. Similar to the original CleanMyMac software, it has some serious power so if you aren't careful it could mistakenly remove important files that want you'll likely want to keep. While it is easily avoidable if you take your time with the cleanup process, if you simply let the software do all the work in choosing which files to delete then the potential of accidentally losing important data increases greatly.

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The MacPaw team has done an excellent job revamping this version to be safe meaning it won't remove any core files that will keep your computer from booting or functioning properly which is definitely a step up from the earlier version which had much more risk involved. However, a quick scan of my computer showed that if I were to simply click the “clean” button and removed all the files CleanMyMac 2 deemed worthy of deleting, I would have gotten myself in a heap of trouble.

On my iMac, I have lots of video content that I like have stored for future projects as well as previously rendered YouTube videos that I keep in case my video gets taken down or deleted. Due to this, CleanMyMac 2 found 153.16 GB worth of rarely used files under the “Large & Old Files” tab that would be immediately deleted if I were not paying close attention and simply let the software do all the work. While this tab was a real eye opener as to how much space I'm taking up on my hard drive with these potentially unnecessary video backups, I'm still interested in storing them for the foreseeable future.

The reason this is possible is that CleanMyMac 2 is a computer program that works like a machine therefore scanning your computer based on strict criteria. It is is not able to differentiate unnecessary files from ones that may have personal feelings or a deeper meaning behind (wedding videos, family photos, important financial documents, etc.). In the “Large & Old Files” tab, it flags any files of a significant size that hasn't been opened in a month or longer so important files you want stored, but don't use on a regular basis can be subject to accidental removal if you're not careful. You can combat this issue by taking your time verifying which data will be removed (uncheck any file you want to keep), staying up to date with Time Machine backups of your system (in the event of accidental deletion), or manually configuring the software's preferences (simple to do) to ignore important files or folders that you don't want to be included in future scans.

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Sure, utilizing this software the “right way” can be a bit more time-consuming and inconvenient, but in the long run CleanMyMac 2 still drastically speeds up and simplifies the cleanup process of your Mac computer while helping to find hidden ways of regaining disk space that you didn't even realize was possible. Remember slow and steady wins the race and when it comes to the potential possibility of data loss with sensitive files or information then I'm all for taking the extra time to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible.

MacPaw has taken the initial CleanMyMac software and improved upon it in many ways to where it could be extremely beneficial in the right hands. If you're not sure how to clean and maintain your system and are looking for a software that will help guide you through the process then CleanMyMac 2 is a solid investment that will surely give you a return on your investment when used correctly. If you take your time throughout the cleanup process and double check your scan results to make sure important data is not flagged for removal then this software will keep your Mac running in top shape and be an effective way to open up extra space on your system's hard drive.

UPDATE: CleanMyMac 3 has been released, read the review.