CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 review: Some handy tools but its malware detection still falls short
Mac utility frees up space for storing and gets obviate software crud, but its malware detection still needs work.
MacPaw has shot for the celebs with its remake of CleanMyMac X, its catch-all Mac utility that is software crud and gunk remover, also as a malware scanner, macOS extensions manager, and a universal updater for your installed applications.
Since my initial review of CleanMyMac X, MacPaw made some nice improvements, although some features still come short of what they might be.
MacPaw began to form its Menu Bar utility far better and has succeeded. A quick click on the icon reveals handy information like what proportion space is left on each of your drive partitions, your Mac’s CPU load, what proportion of RAM is out there, your computer’s operating temperature, and other useful information. are often “> this is often a pleasant touch and therefore the menu can be customized as you see fit.
The modules are the key to CleanMyMac and it’s handy to be ready to quickly enable and disable macOS extensions with the Extensions module, or seek out extraneous files with the massive & Old Files module, which allows you to see which files are devouring space and erase them quickly. The Uninstaller module was ready to quickly locate and pick off unnecessary applications during testing and accomplished something I’d never seen before in an application removal utility: it removed multiple applications directly, which is sort of useful. The upkeep module handles tasks like clearing RAM, running maintenance scripts, clearing the DNS cache, and repairing file permissions quickly, tidying up the macOS’ underpinnings as required.
CleanMyMac X 4.4.1’s new claim to fame is the Space Lens module, which offers a fast check out of your hard drive’s most sizable folders. This is often where the reality of what’s eating your drive space comes out, as a 73GB Pictures folder inside your Users folder could stand to be slimmed down a touch.
Unfortunately, the Malware Removal module shot the previous version of CleanMyMac X within the foot, and within the latest version, it does so once more. MacPaw cites extensive changes to the present feature, and that I was curious to undertake it. After installing every questionable piece of adware and malware I could find, I ran the Malware Removal module to ascertain what the utility would find, categorize as suspect, and what it might remove.
The results weren’t what I had hoped for. In spite of CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 locating 21 potential threats, it missed several suspect programs, including the infamous MacKeeper and Advanced Mac Cleaner, which, once installed, loads itself into your Mac’s startup items, informs you of what percentage threats it’s noticed, then offers a telephone number to involve 24/7 live tech support.
Upon noticing the malware that was still left over after rebooting, I converted to a free copy of Malwarebytes, which picked up 11 threats during its scan, including questionable applications like Advanced Mac Cleaner, Advanced Mac Tuner, and MacKeeper, and proceeded to tear them out by the roots.
Even with CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 and Malwarebytes working together, there have been some chunks of adware and malware that also needed to be hunted down and removed on their own. An inquiry engine utility had to be manually removed from the Safari > Preferences > Extensions settings and a questionable PDF reader had to be uninstalled through CleanMyMac X 4.4.1’s Uninstaller module, which became another chore.
Neither CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 or Malwarebytes was perfect for the task at hand, but after months of development and promises of serious releases and enhancements during this feature, the top result was a letdown. Granted, MacPaw isn’t working to be a malware prevention or security company, but they’ve touted this feature as a prominent component of CleanMyMac X and that I feel that it gave far an excessive amount of questionable software an entire pass, leaving software that will happily change your program settings to route your web traffic through questionable engines or inform you that your Mac is entirely infected and only a weird firm that charges $30 a month to remotely “clean” your Mac is to be trusted.
CleanMyMac X retails for $34.95 for a one-year subscription or $89.95 as a one-time payment for one user; the MacPaw store offers different purchase tiers counting on license needs. The software is additionally available during a trial version, which allows you to test its modules and pack up to 500MB of system junk at a time.
In this CleanMyMac X review, we found out that CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 has seen some nice improvements and it’s reliable, speedy thanks to removing gigabytes of junk from your disk drive. Its Uninstaller and Updater modules became admirable in their functionality and utility, but the Malware module remains a wash and five months of development haven’t brought it to A level where I’d feel comfortable recommending it to other Mac users for its intended purpose.