4 Best Mac Cleaner Software and Optimization
May 08, 2020
It’s 2020! A modern MacBook might have a solid-state drive with just 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, which means you’ll see that “Your disk is almost full” error sooner rather than later. It is important to keep your Mac hard drive clean (not the outside, but inside) to make the most of every gigabyte. Unfortunately, cleaning a Mac isn’t that easy as it sounds. That’s why you may need a Mac cleaner software which can help you free up a decent amount of disk space in just a few minutes.
After carefully testing and reviewing 16 Mac cleaning apps, we believe that CleanMyMac is the best utility for most people, as it offers a great combination of useful features with a super sleek interface.
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Find hidden junk, large old folders, background apps, and heavy memory consumers. Use CleanMyMac X to free up space on your Mac and tune it for maximum speed. The new version effectively blocks adware, browser pop-ups, and virus extensions.****
One heavy hitter in the clean-sweep stakes is CleanMyMac by MacPaw, £29.95/$39.95. This popular utility that comes from a stable of useful tools all in one package, including a macOS cleaner, performance monitor and malware remover.
It has a simple layout that offers a variety of functions. These include a general system clean that optimises space by removing temporary files that could be lingering, as well as slimming down unnecessary parts of applications and removing any odds and ends left behind after uninstalls.
If you’re more of a visual person, then DaisyDisk (£9.99/$9.99) is an excellent tool for seeing the contents of your drive in a colourful and interactive graph. The files are sorted into various groups such as Large files, Documents, Music, and Downloads, each of which are allocated their own colours and spokes that show how much space that area is taking up.
It’s a good at-a-glance method for understanding where all your space has gone. Each section can be clicked to bring up another circular breakdown of its contents, with each sector representing a file. These can be previewed to see whether you want them or not, and if it’s a case of the latter then you simply drag them to the bottom of the screen where all your junk files are stored.
When your pruning is complete, hit the Delete button and they will be dispatched without a hint of mercy.
If you visit the DaisyDisk site then you’ll be able to download a trial version that shows you how the app works. This is useful, but as the delete feature has been disabled you won’t be able to clear out any files. Instead, go for the full-blown version which costs £9.99/$9.99.
This powerful app not only offers the standard disk clean-up features like removing duplicates, scanning for large files, claiming back memory, and general performance enhancing duties, but also includes Virus and Malware scans to keep your Mac free from malicious software.
While it’s certainly a comprehensive suite, the power under the hood could prove a little too much for beginners. We’d also heavily recommend, as with any app in this roundup, that you make a complete backup of your system before you begin deleting files.
MacBooster 7 is available on a free 14-day trial, but after that it costs $39.95 (around £33) for single Mac license or $59.95 (around £49) for three Macs.
4.App Cleaner & Uninstaller
Finally, there’s the simple and easy to use App Cleaner & Installer from Nektony. This lightweight app does a good job of clearing out the broken links, files, and other gubbins that get left behind when apps are uninstalled. It also, as the name suggests, allows you to uninstall apps cleanly from the get-go, and set which ones launch at start up.
The free version does most of these tasks, but if you pay £9.99/$9.99 for the Pro upgrade you’ll also be able to remove system extensions, executable parts of files, and uninstall apps, plus the ads that adorn the free version disappear.
Easy to recommend due to both its price and quality.