After upgrading from Lion, to Mountain Lion, to Maverick, and having used my Mac for over two years, my system start-up has not been preforming the best. I’ve also read plenty of times about some of the silly duplicate files and nonsense that iPhoto adds, not to mention the files often left behind when uninstalling apps.
For a while, now, I’ve dealt with some of these issues manually or by various little apps. But I’ve often wondered: Isn’t there an easier way?
A few years ago my friend Tom McFarlin mentioned CleanMyMac 2 in his comprehensive list of apps he uses. I remember him mentioning it and having read a bit about it at the time. I sent Tom a DM via Twitter and asked him if he still recommended it — and he did. In fact, he told me that he uses it once a month to keep everything tidy and running smoothly on his Mac and to thoroughly uninstall apps.
So, I decided to take a more serious look at CleanMyMac 2:
I took the plunge and jumped on it, but was it worth the price tag?
Here’s what CleanMyMac 2 offers — as well as screenshots of my first time using CleanMyMac 2:
This is your full, 14-point oil change. It goes through your whole system and lets you take care of everything in one shot.
This is what my Mac really needed. I don’t imagine it will be cleaning out this many gigs every month, but you can certainly see this needed to be done!
Large & Old Files
While I didn’t nuke any of these folders and files this time around, this was really handy. I do see some really large files that I would be wise to archive and remove from my main system. I love how easy it is to sort these files, too!
Sure. You can just empty the trash on your Dock, but this is a way cooler way to do it. Plus, you can clean off your external drives, too (This reminds me of the Transmit truck).
While I had been using a free app to do this before, CleanMyMac 2’s implementation is easier to use, and makes eliminating programs I no longer use easy to locate, and removes files left from apps I uninstalled before using any uninstall apps.
Another great way to remove unneeded widgets, plugins and preference panes.
Can’t say I’ll need this, but for those working with sensitive documents, this would be the way to go about deleting them.
After my first use of CleanMyMac 2, I removed almost 8GB of system files! This doesn’t include iPhoto, trash on external drives or any large and old files. This was just my system files.
If you wan to keep your Mac in good shape, CleanMyMac 2 is the way to go. I think I’ll be getting a copy for my wife’s MacBook Air, as hard drive space is even more important to maintain on those small hard drives.
Furthermore, I love apps that are a joy to use. The layout, graphics, options, etc… are top notch. There’s a lot of polish that makes this app nice and shiny. The icon in your Dock is even animated — silly I know — but it’s the little things. 😉
Learn more, download a free trial, and purchase on the CleanMyMac 2 website.
(Note: PC users might want to check-out CleanMyPC)
Giveaway! The awesome guys at MacPaw gave us some giveaway codes! We are giving away two copies. One copy will be given to someone who: Shares this post via Twitter, Facebook or Google+ AND Leaves a comment below, saying why the would like a copy of CleanMyMac 2. Winners will be announced in about one week from, today.
The winners are Ben Boles and Dean Lentini.