Last Updated on July 8, 2022 by srinivas
1. MacPaw CleanMyMac X
A heavy hitter in the clean sweepstakes is CleanMyMac X from MacPaw. At the time of writing, it costs £29.95 / $34.95 for an annual subscription for one Mac. It’s also available to buy as a one-time purchase if you don’t want to subscribe. Plus, there’s a free version available to download if you want to try it before you buy.
This popular utility packs a number of useful tools into one package, including a file cleaner that removes unwanted and unnecessary cache files, optimization and maintenance tools, an application uninstaller (so you get rid of all the files the app is spreading around your Mac), and a malware remover. New in version 4.11.0 is a substantial update to the menu bar, which now contains additional information such as your laptop’s battery, temperature and health, the capacity and overall health of your hard drive, your free RAM capacity, and your CPU. load and hardware temperature. You’ll also find information such as disk capacities, CPU speeds, system temperature, system load, and network activity readouts, all easily accessible.
It has a simple layout that offers a variety of features. These include a general system cleanup that optimizes space by removing temporary files that might linger, as well as slimming down unnecessary elements of applications and removing all the clutter left behind after deletions.
There’s also the option to search through your Photos, Music, and Mail folders to remove and clean up waifs and strays that could be slowing down your system.
CleanMyMac is a comprehensive package that provides several additional tools for neatly uninstalling apps, removing various extensions, improving disk performance, and digitally destroying files that you don’t want anyone to revive.
We have been using CleanMyMac since we had to delete a lot of files to install Big Sur. One of our favorite features is that the tool is in the menu at the top of the screen so we can see a simple overview of our system at all times, which also means it’s a simple one-click process to free up memory when it’s running. RAM is running out.
However, all this functionality is not free. There is a free trial available on the Mac App Store and from the MacPaw website, but it limits the app to only delete files to a maximum of 500MB – and while deleting files it will ask you to pay the license fee for the app. You can download that limited version and scan your Mac just to see a lot of space you can save before you decide to buy the app.
The license can be transferred to a new machine as long as the previous installation is deactivated first.
MacPaw is currently offering a 30% discount for students – enter your university email address here and receive a download code.