CleanMyMac 3 is as the new version of MacPaw’s catch-all utility to scan your Mac and remove gigabytes of assorted kerfuffle and gunk that builds up over time.

The Basics

In a nutshell, CleanMyMac scans your hard drive and displays files that can be safely deleted to free up disk space. This is ideal if you’re running low on space, especially if you’re using a MacBook Air with 128GB storage, or if you find that things are running a bit slow. It also helps to maintain your Mac over time by constantly identifying large and unnecessary files that can be removed and it completely removes apps from the system.

When you launch the app you’ll first see the Welcome screen and you’ll be prompted to scan your entire hard drive. There have been several improvements to the speed of scanning in CleanMyMac 3 and it now scans at a much faster rate when compared to the previous version. I’ve also found that it scans deeper in system areas and scans your hard drive in areas not available before, such as iTunes and Mail. Using CleanMyMac 3 for the first time the scan did take a little longer than normal to complete, but after a clean out any new scans now take significantly less time.

After the scan has finished it will identify safe files to delete and you can easily remove these with one click. I generally like to know what I’m deleting and prefer to browse the files beforehand so that I can add and remove files as required before deletion. I would always recommend that you take the time to do this in case you remove anything that you may need at a later date

Features

MacPaw has revamped the CleanMyMac structure and focused on three major areas: cleaning, maintenance, and monitoring.

Cleaning

  • Easily clean up unused files and folders by initiating an in-depth scan of your Mac with a single click.
  • Smart detection is used to determine which files are “safe” to delete and which need further approval as they may contain important files
  • Support for Mail, iTunes, Skype, and Photos apps that can detect and remove cached files, incomplete downloads, unneeded backups, and previous updates to clear up more space on your hard drive.

Maintenance

  • Dedicated application uninstaller will completely remove applications effortlessly without leaving any unnecessary files behind.
  • Speed up your Mac via spotlight reindexing, repairing disk permissions, and Mail search optimization.
  • Remove individual add-ons like widgets, extensions and plugins from one central panel
  • Curb your digital footprint both online and offline by deleting past browsing history, Skype conversations, Messages, downloads, recently open files and more.
  • Remove data permanently using the “Shredder” tool thus making sensitive information unretrievable with a third-party recovery software.

Monitoring & Health

  • Offer real-time health alerts as to your Mac’s health including memory use, storage limits, and hardware temperatures
  • View a well-organized report showcasing active storage, memory, battery, and processor performance.
  • Receive head-up notifications and actions in regards to system issues including a full trash bin, force quitting unresponsive apps and freeing up RAM.

License Pricing

MacPaw now offers CleanMyMac 3 as a free download for any prospective buyers as a means to test out the software with limited functionality.

I think it is a smart move by MacPaw as consumers now have the ability to get some hands-on experience testing out the software’s interface and feature-set prior to putting any of their money up.

This opportunity will help to determine whether the software is right for your needs and if you are capable of utilizing the software in regards to your technological experience.

When you are ready to upgrade, a standard single license for Clean My Mac 3 is priced at $39.95 just like its predecessor. For most, this price-point is within budget especially when you take into consideration the software’s variety of new features and increased depth of use.

Should you require more than one license, you have the option to purchase a discounted bundle of two licenses for $59.95 or five licenses for $89.95 thus saving $20 and $109.80, respectively.

One of my recommended apps

All in all I have found CleanMyMac 3 to be a solid upgrade with a fresh design, improved speed and several useful new features. If you’re looking for an app that can help clean out the junk and unwanted files from your Mac then I can highly recommend CleanMyMac 3. I would easily put this in my top 10 apps to have on your Mac as it’s something that I use on a regular basis and it provides real results.

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