CleanMyMac X 4.6.2
MacPaw has released CleanMyMac X 4.6.2, improving the Malware Removal module with new methods of detecting viruses and malware. The all-purpose cleaning and maintenance app also enhances the CleanMyMac X Assistant with personalized suggestions based on a machine learning model, enables you to free up RAM from the notification when CleanMyMac informs you of heavy memory usage, improves detection and removal of Steam app resources, offers a more intuitive guide for granting Full Disk Access, and fixes a bug that caused the CleanMyMac X Menu icon to be invisible in the status bar. ($89.95 one-time fee, $34.95 annual subscription, or included in the $9.99-per-month Setapp Mac app subscription service, free update, 53.9 MB, release notes, macOS 10.10+)
I am wondering if I should add this program to my collection of utilities. Does anyone care to comment on their experiences with it?
Rarely needed as there are free ways to do just about everything it offers. Can be dangerous in the hands of novice users. May be useful to expert users as it provides simpler ways to accomplish a variety of features.
But in general terms, I never recommend the use of any such utilities as I don’t know enough about your computer skills and would not want to be responsible for inadvertent damage.
Thanks for your response — I just saw it today for some reason. It makes sense. I consider myself expert (I have a lot of Take Control books and I am good at copying error messages to Google) and have advised others not to use CleanMyMac but instead use Apple software (Disk Utility) to fix Apple computers whenever possible. I do have Disk Warrior and Data Rescue for times when Disk Utility can not solve an issue. But I myself have never tried CleanMyMac.
I have used it for years with no ill effects.
It now has a list of apps that have available updates and can update some of them.
It has a clean uninstaller.
It has a virus and malware checker.
It can find big or old files taking up room on the HD and you get to decide what if anything to do with these.
And it cleans caches, logs, and other junk files, and empties the trash.
It does Apple recommend daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks
But you can control exactly what it will or won’t do if you don’t like their workflow.
It is an annual subscription.
I like it.
Thanks for the feedback. I will your points in mind.
I had a previous version but was trying the latest. All of a sudden one of my virus programs warned me of malware downloaded - checked it out in the quarantine location and it was a prefs for CleanMyMac X. Deleted the program, which was not a favorite of mine anyway. Besides, I’m not big into annual subscriptions for so many reasons. Using other free options instead.
Apple does not recommend those tasks, it accomplishes them automatically for all users as scheduled. But truth be told, the are almost worthless processes left over from it’s NeXT Unix days and most don’t actually do anything for the average user.
A Unix expert named Jeffery Jones provided a description which I’ve updated for Mojave
I agree that most users should never have to care about them, but they’re not all irrelevant either. Especially the temporary files one:
On more recent versions of macOS, this also purges per-user and per-sandbox temporary file directories.
Yes, they are purged at system startup, but there are quite a lot of Macs out there that only reboot when Apple pushes out a system update. It is far more common these days to put the computer to sleep (e.g. by closing a laptop’s lid) than to actually perform a shutdown when you’re done using it.
Depending on what version of macOS you’re running, it might be quite a while between reboots. And if you’re running a version that’s no longer updated, it might be an extreme amount of time. (e.g. my Mac mini server running Sierra has an uptime of 273 days).
Not recommended or needed, IMHO. I’ve seen way too many problems caused by programs/utilities like this. If any of the people I support think they have a problem, I tell them to restart in safe mode, then restart in regular mode. If they still have a problem, call me. Never, ever use a ‘cleaning’ program on a Mac - this includes Onyx, the darling of the ‘clean caches’ crowd. Happily, I get few calls, and the ones I do get are usually a hard drive or router (several of these lately) going south. Today’s MacOS isn’t yesterday’s.
No, the daily process is run daily, just like the name says. It’s run by /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.periodic-daily every 86,400 seconds as long the computer is awake, and if your computer isn’t capable of waking at that time it should run as soon as you wake it.
I’m not convinced that this specific process is also responsible for purging those other temporary files, so perhaps those files are only purged at system startup.
To check to see when it ran and what it did, open /private/var/log/daily.out in a text editor.
I think you misunderstood me. I didn’t say people should manually run these scripts - as you said, they should run automatically unless there is a problem preventing the “periodic” scheduler from running them. I was simply saying that they aren’t “almost worthless” processes.
Regarding the scope of clean-tmps, you’re right. The default configuration only cleans up what’s in /tmp. There must be another mechanism for cleaning the per-user and per-sandbox temporary directories.
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