CleanMyPC from MacPaw hands on review

CleanMyPCFrom the makers of the amazingly powerful CleanMyMac comes CleanMyPC! Now not only can you keep your OS X running in much like a ‘fresh install’ state – but you can also declutter your Microsoft Windows installation too.

MacPaw are an independent software development company with offices in the United States and Ukraine

CleanMyPC Description:

CleanMyPC is an application designed for Windows 7 and 8 with one goal in mind, that is to keep your PC running as good as new. PC’s get clogged up with temporary files and application install remnants which surge no purpose and simply slow your machine down. Although some of the tasks the application completes automatically could technically be done manually, CleanMyPC takes the admin burden out of the tasks. What’s more it’s capable of doing all the tasks at the same time, with little to no user interaction at all.

This is perfect if you’ve more important things to focus on.

MacPaw are constantly improving their software, and updates to the CleanMyPC app come thick and fast, meaning the software you are using is always up to date, and aware of installed applications and critical systems files. This means CleanMyPC is the safest way possible to remove system files, without the risk of damaging your operating system install.

CleanMyPC Screenshots:

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CleanMyPC Features:

  • My Computer Cleanup Capable of clearing down Caches & Logs, Trash and Junk files, including system restore data and windows error reports.
  • Registry Maintenance – The registry is a pretty unruly place, especially if you are constantly installing and uninstalling software. There are many applications on the market which claim to clear down the registry. However, none seem as thorough as CleanMyPC.
  • Complete Application Uninstaller – Some application uninstallation executables are poorly designed, and often leave hidden system files, folders and registry entries behind. You can avoid that by using CleanMyPC to remove the application for you.
  • Gadgets and Extensions Manager – Applications to add functionality to things like Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer generally do so via extensions, this is a pain-free way of managing and removing old and unused extensions. Doing so can often speed up the application.
  • Autorun manager – Some applications automatically insert themselves in Windows startup locations, sometimes this is useful, sometimes all this achieves is a longer boot time for your Windows device. This section of CleanMyPC helps remove the no longer needed or value added auto run entries.
  • Privacy Guard – Privacy is of grave concern, so protecting your privacy is paramount. Applications such as Internet Explorer collect cookies from sites you visit. The built-in Privacy Guard helps clean down cookies and other files containing identifiable information. 
  • Secure Erase – A normal file delete leaves remnants of the old file behind, thus making it possible to actually recover the file. Which can both be handy and a potential security issue. Should you have a file you know you want to securely delete, you can use the built-in facility to not only delete but make sure recovery is impossible.

Download:

You can grab a trial version of CleanMyPC absolutely free of charge from MacPaw’s website, once you’ve downloaded the trial and seen just how powerful it is, you can purchase a copy for just £29.95 which is at least £40 cheaper then professional IT services would charge to do the same thing!

Rating:

CleanMyPC gets the full 5 star rating for me, I’ve been a big fan of MacPaw’s CleanMyMac since day of release.. The ability to keep my windows VM’s clean in the same way is perfect!
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Save valuable disk space – remove duplicate files

Gemini

Gemini Disk space can be a precious commodity, especially as many of us turn to solid state drives for our latest mobile technology. Many things can steal disk space, some things you can control – overs are not so easy.

One good place to start is to ensure your OS X device is not cluttered up with duplicate files. There are many complex terminal commands you can run, to search and remove duplicate files. However, with all terminal commands they can be cumbersome – and very daunting for rookie users.

That’s where MacPaw’s Gemini comes into play. Gemini brings the equivalent of the complicated terminal commands into an easy to use GUI. Dubbed “The best way to locate duplicates” Gemini sports a very clean and uncluttered interface, making for a fearless and almost enjoyable cleaning process.

Gemini is fast… I mean…. Serious fast! Seemingly no matter how large your storage is the app uses very sophisticated algorithms to track down duplicate files. It also doesn’t just locate files, but folders too – making for an all-round duplicate eradication system.

Unlike some duplicate file applications, Gemini has both iTunes and iPhoto support, ensuring that no media files or photos are lost in the cleanup process. It’s also intelligent enough to make sure at least one file is always kept safe.

MacPaw have written in intelligent scanning, ensuring the Gemini system doesn’t stumble across, or attempt to clean potentially troublesome files.

Files which take up the most disk space are given the highest priority, enabling you to clean up that precious disk space rapidly and without fuss.

The Good:

  • Super simple to use
  • Great user interface
  • Industry leading application vendor
  • Gemini is a risk free solution to clearing up those space stealing duplicate files.
  • You can grab yourself a free trial copy from MacPaw’s website
  • It’s only £6.99!

The Bad:

  • Some users report that NAS devices are unable to be dedupe scanned – (I’ve personally not been able to recreate this issue)

The Bottom Line:

Duplicate files may only be a very small part of whats chewing up your storage, once you’ve done clearing up your duplicate files it would also be worth checking out MacPaw’s other application – CleanMyMac An ingeniously simple and powerful application for keeping your Mac clean, organized and free of files that slow it down.

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CleanMyMac now Supports OS X Lion

Two days ago (21st July 2011) MacPaw released an update to the massively popular Mac maintenance application CleanMyMac

The latest release of CleanMyMac (v1.9.6) now boasts full OS X Lion compatibility. Although the previous version ran without issue on OS X Lion, it was not officially supported.

CleanMyMac is a routine maintenance tool which is used to keep your Mac in tip top condition.

I have been using CleanMyMac for more then 12 months now and I always recommend it when asked what maintenance software to use.

Some of CleanMyMac’s 50+ features are:

  1. Cache Cleaner – Heavily used machines rapidly build up large ‘fragmented’ cache’s, and with cache’s being used in the majority of OS X native applications, cache maintenance can be complicated. CleanMyMac does all the hard work, so you don’t have to.
  2. Log’s Cleaner – CleanMyMac also boasts the ability of keeping application log files on a short lead. Unless you are trying to diagnose issues with Apps, log files tend to just eat up valuable storage.
  3. Language Cleaner – Many OS X native applications are compiled with large number of language files to enable their usage across the world. These are of course not needed if you only plan to use the app in your native language, CleanMyMac strips out all unneeded language files, thus slimming down your apps.
…… Plus many more besides.. For a full list check out the features list.
Only days after installing OS X Lion on my Mac and running CleanMyMac I have managed to recover over 100GB’s of used disk space! I run the app at least once a month, why don’t you add it to your regular maintenance plans..

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Use CleanMyMac to clean YOUR Mac!

Microsoft Operating systems use Disk Cleaner, Mac’s use …… CleanMyMac!

CleanMyMac is a disk clean wizard from MacPaw. The application runs pretty much like it’s windows equivalent, providing an easy wizard like interface to make clearing your Caches, Unneeded logs, Unneeded languages and much much more!
Any heavy user knows machines get bogged down with temporary files and folders etc. But most won’t know just how much space they take up! With CleanMyMac you can run a scan and select which you want to clear down. After the first run of CleanMyMac on my brand new Mac Book Pro i was given the following results:
Top rated application to keep your Mac in tip top condition! 
Download your trial copy now!

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