CleanMyMac X from MacPaw replaces hundreds of optimizations for macOS with a wide range of tools, from a performance monitor and malware remover to a tool to clean up macOS every so often. In the process, CleanMyMac X helps protect your Mac from viruses.
CleanMyMac X speaks 13 languages and is the most downloaded tool globally among Mac users that are looking for an all-in-one Mac optimization utility.
In this article, you will read what to expect from CleanMyMac X features and how to use them to optimize your Mac.
Everything you need to know about CleanMyMac X
How do I delete unnecessary files on my Mac?
Redundant files take up unnecessary disk space. Therefore, it is recommended to delete unnecessary files regularly. You can do this by dragging each app individually to the trash and, in this way, removing apps you no longer use. However, this is often not enough.
Many more unnecessary files take up disk space on your Mac. These are old app language files, apps’ temporary files, system and user logs, and old mail attachments.
You can delete all of these files individually, at least if you know where to look. CleanMyMac X can detect and remove these files. As a result, gigabytes of disk space can be freed up by running a “Smart Scan” with CleanMyMac X.
Start with a single click on the Scan button to perform a Smart Scan. During a smart scan, unnecessary files are detected and displayed in an overview.
You can then decide what to delete or leave it to CleanMyMac X. All files are safe to delete, but you still have control.
You will see in an overview what redundant files have been detected. The data is displayed in GB (Gigabytes).
If you want more information about which unnecessary files have been detected, click on “Review details”.
You will see that redundant system files, mail attachments, and trash files have been found. By clicking on them, you will see more precisely what redundant files are involved on the right side. These are user cache files, system cache files, and old language files and user logs.
If necessary, you can keep any type of redundant file by undoing the selection. If you return to the overview, you can delete the redundant files by clicking the “Run” button.
CleanMyMac X will now optimize your Mac system by removing various unnecessary files.
These different components are located under the heading “Cleanup,” including system files, mail attachments, and trash baskets.
How do I protect my Mac from malware and viruses?
CleanMyMac X is excellent at detecting malware and viruses on your Mac. CleanMyMac does this by using a constantly up-to-date database of detections for the latest viruses and other malware.
Think again if you still think that your Mac can’t get infected with a virus. Because CleanMyMac periodically runs scans on your Mac computer, your Mac stays protected from viruses. These scans are performed in the background, and you do not have to do anything else. If you have any doubts, you can also manually run a scan.
On the left side, under the heading “Protection” click on malware and then on the Scan button to run a malware scan on your Mac.
Your Mac is now checked for malware against the latest virus detection database. This database is updated every day.
If malware is detected, you will see in an overview which malware it is, with more information about exactly what the malware does and an option to remove it immediately. There is no need to get started yourself. CleanMyMac X will solve the problem. If necessary, you can contact MacPaw, and they will help you further with the issue.
Protect your privacy on your Mac
Privacy is an important part. Again, CleanMyMac X can help you with this. When you use the internet on your Mac, you leave traces behind. Think about browser history and logs of different apps you interact with and even app permissions.
You can detect and remove traces on your Mac with a single click. In this way, you can delete data stored by the browser(s).
Click on the Scan button to start detecting privacy-sensitive data on your Mac.
In an overview after the scan, you will see which privacy-sensitive data you can delete with CleanMyMac X.
All privacy-sensitive data in the browsers on your Mac will be detected. This includes:
- Automatically entered data.
- Saved passwords.
- The browser history.
- Download history and sessions of the last opened tabs.
You can select or deselect each item individually to clean up this privacy-sensitive data.
Not only can you delete browser data, but you can also restore permissions of apps. Here you can see in an overview which apps on your computer have what privileges. You can view and, where necessary, revoke these permissions.
Also, in Finder, you will see some privacy-sensitive data, known as “Recent items lists”. These are the recently opened files such as documents and recently opened servers and programs. You can also delete these traces.
Every time you connect to a Wi-Fi network, the network name of this Wi-Fi connection is stored on your Mac. It is also possible to use the privacy module in CleanMyMac X to erase recently connected Wi-Fi connections.
In this way, you can delete public Wi-Fi networks. Deleting public Wi-Fi connection is useful because, every time your Mac comes close to a public Wi-Fi network it has ever been connected to, it automatically reconnects to this public network. If you do not want this, check the list of connected Wi-Fi networks and delete the Wi-Fi network you do not want to connect to automatically.
How can I optimize my Mac?
Optimizing your Mac is something you should do every so often. Optimization is about improving your Mac by cleaning up old start agents.
Launch agents are tools that apps use to start parts of their apps. These launch agents often can significantly slow your Mac down during startup. It does take some knowledge to disable these launch agents. It is part of the CleanMyMac features to see these launch agents and disable them where necessary. However, it is not advisable to just disable a launch agent without knowing what a specific launch agent is.
To get an overview of all launch agents, click on “Optimization” on the left side and “Launch Agents”.
By double-clicking on a launch agent, you can enable or disable it. I would recommend disabling a launch agent first, rebooting your Mac, and if you are not experiencing any problems with the app in question, only then actually remove the launch agent.
Should an app ever get stuck, or are there any major consumers of your Mac by exhausting system processes, you will see these apps in the “Stuck apps” or the “Heavy consumers” overview. If necessary, you can then delete these app(s).
How can I maintain my Mac automatically?
Every Mac requires standard maintenance. Performing maintenance on your Mac can free up RAM memory and disk space, run maintenance scripts, clear the DNS cache, etc.
In CleanMyMac X, several tools are available to maintain your Mac. You can run each of these tools to maintain your Mac yourself without running complicated scripts.
How to free up RAM memory on my Mac?
This is how you can free up RAM memory on your Mac. If the memory on your Mac gets full, then apps respond slowly, and your Mac also gets slower. Freeing RAM memory helps make your Mac instantly faster by freeing up seized RAM.
How to free up disk space on my Mac automatically?
There are many files on your Mac that can be freed up. These files instantly free up disk space when you clean them up. Usually, these files are only deleted at the point when you are running out of disk space. By deleting these files right away, you get more disk space immediately.
How to run maintenance scripts on my Mac?
By default, macOS includes daily, weekly, and monthly scripts that perform several tasks. These are tasks such as checking log files, clearing temporary files, and system optimization scripts. Running these scripts helps to maintain your Mac. You can run these maintenance scripts immediately.
How to clear DNS cache on my Mac?
If you can’t connect to a particular website or the network is slow, it may help to clear the DNS cache. In macOS, DNS requests are kept as a cache. Clearing this cache helps rebuild this DNS cache. After clearing the DNS cache, new referrals are created, resulting in a solved network or internet problem.
In CleanMyMac X, you can clear the DNS cache with a single click.
How do I make the mail app faster?
If the mail app is getting slower, for example, due to old referrals and an abundance of attachments that need to be loaded. Then you can use CleanMyMac X to make the mail app faster. You can reindex the mail app database this way and improve search speed. This is safe. No emails or attachments will be deleted.
How to re-index Spotlight search on my Mac?
Spotlight allows you to search your Mac. This is done through a database of references to apps, settings, and files. Re-indexing this database can help find files and speed up the search process.
How to restore Disk Permissions on my Mac?
If you have access issues on a specific drive, you can use this tool to restore the permissions. In addition, you can instantly check and restore file and folder permissions throughout the Mac system using this tool.
How to compress TimeMachine Backups to save disk space?
Your Mac, if enabled, creates backup copies via TimeMachine. These backup copies via TimeMachine take up considerable disk space. By reducing the size of these backup copies, you will immediately free up disk space while leaving the data untouched. Your TimeMachine backup copies are not affected and remain intact but are reduced in size (compression).
How can I remove apps I no longer use from my Mac?
The longer you use your Mac, the more apps you will install. This is because apps are indispensable on a Mac.
However, over time, there are some apps that you barely or no longer use. Therefore, uninstalling apps every so often is an excellent feature to keep your Mac in top condition.
If you want to delete an app, you can drag the app itself to the trash. The entire contents, including the app, will then be placed in the trash, after which you can delete the app.
Dragging is an option, but you can also remove an app by running an “uninstaller”. This is a specific file that performs the uninstall process for you. For example, the app often removes configuration files and other files on your Mac’s hard drive by using an uninstaller.
To make things easier, there is also an “uninstaller” feature in CleanMyMac. This feature helps you display all the apps on your Mac in a clear overview. You can also sort this overview by “Unused”, “Leftovers” and even “Suspicious.”
How to uninstall unused apps?
Unused apps are apps you have not opened for 6 months or more. Select the app you no longer use and click the “delete” button to remove the app immediately.
How to remove old leftovers from unused apps?
By clicking on “Leftovers” you can also remove parts that apps leave behind after manually uninstalling them. You can remove even more parts of “old apps” and clean up your Mac.
How do I update apps on my Mac automatically?
Updating apps to the latest version is an automatic process in macOS. All apps you have downloaded through the AppStore are also updated automatically by the AppStore.
To get an overview of which apps on your Mac have a new version available, open the “Updater” overview in CleanMyMac X. Through this overview you can immediately see which apps have new versions available and whether or not you want to update these apps.
Select the app(s) you want to update and click the “Update” button to download and install the latest version of this app.
How do I delete old and big files on my Mac?
It is often impossible to check your entire Mac for old and especially size files. This takes too much time, and you manually search every corner on your Mac. To make searching for large and old files on your Mac more manageable, you can use the “Large and Old” feature in CleanMyMac X.
By having this function search for old and large files, you will immediately be shown in an overview which files you have not opened in the last 6 months. The choice is then yours whether you want to delete these old files.
Start by clicking the “Scan” button to search for old and large files on your Mac.
When the search has been completed, you will see which files have been found in an overview. In addition, you can sort these files in different ways.
For example, you can sort the overview by “Kind” of file. These are Archives (zip and rar files), movies, and other files.
To sort the files by size you can use the “Huge”, “Average” and “Small” sorting methods. This makes it easy to sort files by a particular size.
Finally, you can sort the view by “access date”. These filters only show files that you opened, for example, a year ago, a month ago, a week ago, or just last week.
If you have selected old or large files, then click on the “remove” button at the bottom to delete the files.
How can I delete files without leaving any traces on my Mac?
If you have unwanted files on your Mac and want to delete them without any possibility of ever recovering these files? Then this is possible via the “Shredder” feature in CleanMyMac X.
The shredder helps you to delete files that cannot be recovered. This means that software that may be aimed at recovering files via file history can no longer recover the file. So not only does it help to erase unwanted files without a trace.
This “shredder” feature also helps that files locked by macOS system processes like Finder get deleted. So if a file is in use, you can still delete the file via the “shredder”.
Select the file with the shredder and delete the file without leaving any traces.
If you use CleanMyMac X, you don’t need to open the app to quickly understand your Mac’s performance.
You can use CleanMyMac X to get an overview of vital Mac functions such as RAM memory, network speed, CPU, and disk space in an organized way via the “quick menu”. Then, if necessary, you can quickly start an optimization.
I often use this quick menu to gain insight into the available RAM memory on my Mac. With a single click on “free up” I immediately free up RAM memory, after which my Mac responds faster again.
You will also see the “real-time malware monitor”. In the malware monitor, you can see when and especially which file was last scanned. If necessary, you can download the latest malware definitions for the malware monitor by clicking on “check now”. Your Mac is then immediately protected against the latest virus and malware apps.
At the bottom, you will further see the network connection. Here you can run a test to measure the internet speed. This is useful if you suspect that your internet has become slower on your Mac.
If you have connected to Dropbox, you can also see the status of your Dropbox account here, for example, how much space is left on your Dropbox account.
At the top are the recommendations. You can perform these optimizations periodically to keep your Mac in top condition. If you forget to perform an optimization after a specific time, the recommendation will help you remember.
I hope this CleanMyMac X review has helped you by explaining how you can use the features in CleanMyMac X to improve your Mac.
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