I’m a little late in posting this (crazy week) but one of my favorite utilities for the Mac, CleanMyMac 3 has been released. I saw a very early preview of this last year and it has been perhaps one of my most anticipated releases ever since. Unfortunately some bad apples have caused these types of utilities to get a bad name, but the folks at MacPaw have gone above and beyond to make CleanMyMac a quality product.
With the click of a single button CleanMyMac will intelligently scan your system for files that can safely be removed. They maintain a “Safety Database” with a list of items that should never be removed from your Mac to avoid causing unexpected problems. CleanMyMac scans for broken preferences, login items, unneeded backups, outdated backups, unused language files, and other obsolete files that can be removed. I’ve used CleanMyMac for years on all of my machines and the machines of several family members to reclaim hundreds of gigabytes.
CleanMyMac will also scan your Photo, Mail and iTunes libraries to identify files that you may want to consider removing to save space. New in version 3 is the ability to scan your email database to remove stored attachments or mail downloads that typically can be re-downloaded from you mail server if needed. CleanMyMac can now also run some common maintenance task such as verifying a disk, repairing permissions, running maintenance tasks and more. I traditionally would use a free program like Onyx to perform these tasks but it’s nice to have them available all in one app. One of my often used features of CleanMyMac is the ability to completely uninstall programs. I tend to install lots of programs on my Mac for testing and evaluation but generally simply dragging an item to the trash doesn’t get rid of all the components that have been installed deeper in the system. CleanMyMac will take care of this by removing programs that don’t provide an uninstaller.
You can find a complete list of the new features on the MacPaw site or read more about it on their blog and download a free trial. CleanMyMac normally costs $39.95 for a single license with bundle pricing available and a 50% discount for current users. But for a limited time, MacPaw is offering a 50% launch discount during through April 14, 2015.
Disclosure: MacPaw was at one time a sponsor of Mac Power Users