the best Mac cleaning software?
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OS X is one of the most stable operating systems available on the market today. Even so, it still needs regular cleanups and maintenance – your Mac’s hard drive gets clogged up with redundant files that accumulate over time and can slow your computer down.
Getting rid of junk files from a MacBook or iMac is easy if you have the right software. There are many good cleaning utilities out there – some better than others. In this article, we’re going to compare 7 top-selling apps that offer ways to speed up your Mac*:
In the table below, we compared the products according to their most relevant features for system cleanups. We also ranked each program based on how well it meets the user’s needs (see the bottom row). Click the arrows in the first column for more details.
|Comparison parameters||Movavi Mac Cleaner||MacBooster||CleanMyMac||MacShiny||Stellar SpeedUp Mac||TuneupMyMac||CCleaner|
|Ranking||Winner||2nd place||3rd place||4th place||5th place||6th place||7th place|
|Ease of use||great||good||good||great||good||great||okay|
|Basic cleaning tools||great||great||great||great||great||great||good|
|Clearing caches and cleaning up log files||+||+||+||+||+||+||+|
|Deleting large and old files||+||+||+||+||+||+||-|
|Deleting unused languages||+||+||+||+||+||+||+|
|Emptying iPhoto Trash||+||+||+||+||+||-||-|
|Cleaning development junk||-||+||+||+||+||+||-|
|Deleting duplicate files||+||+||-||+||+||+||-|
|Analyzing disk usage||+||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Optimization and security tools||great||great||okay||okay||poor||poor||poor|
|Managing startup items||+||+||+||+||+||+||+|
|Managing agents and daemons||+||+||+||+||+||-||+|
|Internet security / firewall||+||+||-||-||-||-||-|
|Help and support||great||good||good||good||good||okay||good|
Movavi Mac Cleaner showed impressive results in all categories. Its clear and intuitive interface helps you to quickly master the software. The program also includes an extensive range of cleaning, optimization, and security options. The support team is always ready to answer questions about the app via email or live chat. All this comes at a very affordable price of $39.95.
MacBooster by IObit is a powerful utility with a well-designed user interface. The program includes an almost identical set of cleaning and optimization features as Movavi Mac Cleaner. However, the standard version of MacBooster costs $20 more and does not provide a live chat support option.
CleanMyMac by MacPaw is a good, stable program that includes all essential cleaning features, except for the duplicate finder. The developers offer a separate product to handle this task, while almost all other competing products provide this capability as part of the standard product license. CleanMyMac also lacks security tools like an antivirus scanner or a firewall.
MacShiny by Cyan is in the middle of the pack. While it does have an attractive and intuitive interface and an impressive set of cleaning features, its performance during our tests was far from stable. It is also missing some important optimization and security tools like random-access memory (RAM) clearance and a firewall. Additionally, the license fee is sold through monthly payments, which some users may find discouraging (and expensive).
Stellar SpeedUp Mac is a good choice for users who don’t need much from a cleaning program. It lets you get rid of junk files, empty Trash, uninstall apps, and use a few additional cleaning features. However, it does not have much to offer beyond this – the app is unable to shred files, clear out RAM, or protect your system with security tools.
Even though TuneupMyMac includes all the important cleaning tools, it does not compare well with most of the products on this list. Its most serious drawbacks are the lack of tutorials on the developer’s website and the absence of security tools or any means of optimizing the system within the program itself. There is also no iPhoto Trash cleanup capability.
CCleaner is the cheapest option among those in this review, but it also happens to be the least capable. Offering only very basic functions, it’s really only suitable for the simplest of cleaning tasks.