Having your computer run slow is an incredibly annoying thing to deal with. While sometimes it’s just due to the amount of apps you’ve got open, other times it may be for no apparent reason at all. I have experienced this several times with my Mac, and a good cleansing of unnecessary files on the hard drive usually does the trick. However, there are only so many files you can delete, the problem may actually be due to the space caches and the like are taking up. Sifting through these is a real pain, and that’s why apps like CleanMyMac exist.
Developer MacPaw was incredibly successful with the first iteration of CleanMyMac, with the software easily cleaning out unneeded files from users’ computers, speeding them up in the process. They have now released its successor, appropriately called CleanMyMac 2. The original concept has been refined in this second version, and the cleaning process is much more streamlined than ever before.
Open CleanMyMac 2 for the first time, and you’ll be greeted with a short animation, showcasing the capabilities of the app. This animation alone sets the tone for the app’s quality, which is truly something to behold. Unlike the first CleanMyMac, this app is gorgeous.
The layout is practical, with basic “modules” on the left, and cleaning details on the right. However, it’s not the layout alone that makes this app such a joy to use, it’s the overall visual polish. All graphics are extremely detailed, with vibrant colours and and a unique animation style giving them a premium feel. Moving through the application, it is clear how much effort has gone into creating CleanMyMac 2. The clean button located at the bottom of the interface glows in a vibrant blue colour, and the upbeat sound played upon deleting files is very rewarding.
However, the app not only needs to look beautiful, but also be extremely functional, and this is easily accomplished. The sidebar functions as the main selection tool, with cleaning modules split up for easier selection. This ranges from more broad cleaning options, from the Automatic Cleanup, to the Extensions Manager and Eraser.
Each of these 8 options has their own functions, I’ll quickly outline what each does:
Automatic Cleanup: This is the most hassle free option in CleanMyMac 2. It will remove a large amount of data from four categories, but will not delete any files unless they are completely unnecessary.
The following four modules are scanned by the Automatic Cleanup, and it will delete files from each of these. They are present as part of the Manual Cleanup option, where the user can sort through files to see what should stay and what should go. Clicking the “detailed results” button in any of these modules reveals more in depth options.
System Cleanup: This category allows you to browse through log files, caches, application binaries and assorted junk. It mainly consists of language files and left overs from updates and the like.
Large & Old Files: In this module, files that have not been used recently, and are taking up a considerable amount of space, are shown. There are a variety of filters in place here for you to customise results, with “larger than” and “last opened” allowing for files to be sorted through.
iPhoto Cleanup: This category deals with junk left behind by iPhoto, which tends to be a lot, over 5GB in my case. Since iPhoto keeps duplicate copies of any photos that are corrected or rotated, there can be a large number of images stored here. As is seen with the others, items can be ticked and unticked if needed.
Trash Cleanup: This allows you to sort through and empty the Trash.
Uninstaller: The uninstaller works in a similar way that AppZapper does, whereby it identifies files associated with an app you want to delete, and removes them and the app from the computer. It allows for easy deletion of unwanted apps, and also features filters to sort out apps you don’t want.
Extensions Manager: The Extensions Manager removes any extensions from a variety of apps, from Safari to Dictionary, and also third party apps such as Growl. It deletes these extensions in the same way the Uninstaller does.
Eraser: The Eraser is a quick way to delete files and all traces of it ever existing.
CleanMyMac 2 is very efficient in deleting items, and ensures that the user has choice over the removal of every single item. By simply ticking and unticking the box next to any item, files can be left alone or removed completely.
The Automatic Cleanup allows for worry-free removal of files, which is great for users not wanting to delve into the file system seeking out caches and binaries. In the same way, those who do want to do this are more than welcomed to. There is nothing blocking you from sorting through minute details if that’s what you want to do. Either way, the end result is more than likely to be successful, with the app reminding you if you’re trying to delete something that really shouldn’t be.
The preferences also allow for customisation, with scanning and scheduling options available to ensure cleaning is done in the most efficient way possible.
The goal of CleanMyMac is to rid you Mac of any useless files, images and other assorted items. It accomplishes this while not being a nuisance to operate, with the overall interface enjoyable to navigate. The quality of the app is top-notch, with animations and effects satisfying to see at work, and a layout that just works. It isn’t often that you can say an app is truly great, but CleanMyMac 2 is an app I don’t hesitate in calling great. If Apple were to introduce a cleaning utility for Mac, they’d be hard pressed to make it better than this. CleanMyMac 2 does exactly what it aims to do, and in the long run, it’s making your Mac faster and less bloated with rubbish, and who wouldn’t want that?
CleanMyMac 2 is available for purchase through MacPaw’s website for $39.95 for a single license, with prices increasing for multiple licenses.