I’ve become a skeptic. Numerous software applications claim to
clean old files and improve computer operation. Making promises is one thing, but fulfilling commitments is another challenge altogether. Fortunately, MacPaw’s CleanMyMac 2 delivers. The cost of this cleaning utility is $39.00 (USD), but you can sample it for free.

CleanMyMac 2 boasts a deceptively simple interface
that belies its capacity. Once you download the app, you’ll see the following eight options on the left console:

  • Automatic Cleanup
  • System Cleanup
  • Large & Old Files
  • iPhoto Cleanup
  • Trash Cleanup
  • Uninstaller
  • Extensions Manager
  • Eraser

This program is very flexible. You can immediately begin performing a
specific cleaning task using the provided options. Alternatively, you can run an Automatic Cleanup, in which the program leverages CleanMyMac 2’s
System Cleanup, iPhone Cleanup, Trash Cleanup, and Large & Old Files
modules.

Clicking the Automatic Cleanup’s Scan icon triggers an automated
wizard that scans the Mac’s disk, seeking accumulated junk that’s cluttering the drive. Upon completion, Automatic Cleanup presents
recommendations and lists all unnecessary files that can be removed to free hard
disk space. You can then click the prominent Clean icon that instructs CleanMyMac 2
to remove the files.

When the Automatic Cleanup task completes, the program presents
additional Manual Cleanup steps that you may wish to perform to free more space. Among these tasks are the Large
& Old Files review, Trash Cleanup, and iPhoto Cleanup.

The System Cleanup feature scans the Mac and presents a visual
representation of files that are found that CleanMyMac 2’s algorithms
indicate are safe for removal. Clicking the provided Detailed Results button
provides more information about the types, kind, and volumes of files to be
removed, including user cache files, system cache files, user log files, system
log files, broken application Preference files and login items, iOS software
updates, iPhoto cache files, Universal binary files, application support files, and language files. Ultimately, using the program, I was able to remove 2.8 GB
of unnecessary files from my year-old MacBook Pro.

The Large & Old Files module prompts you to specify a
Home folder, and then the module performs a scan that enables the application to
build a comprehensive list of large and old files. CleanMyMac 2 cannot
determine whether these files are important, so the program gives you the option to remove any such files. Ultimately, I was
presented the option of removing some 850 MB from my laptop’s
drive.

iPhoto Cleanup reviews the iPhoto library, seeking unneeded
original image copies. When you edit, crop, and enhance images, iPhoto retains a copy of the original image. Over time, these original images
grew to consume almost 8 GB on my system’s drive. CleanMyMac 2 give you the
option to identify and remove those files, should you wish to do so (I chose to
keep mine).

If you empty the Trash and believe all trashed files are
deleted, you are gravely mistaken. In fact, each partition and each drive possess its own
Trash folder, which is typically hidden from the user. When you click the Trash
Cleanup option, CleanMyMac 2 displays information revealing how much space can
be freed from each Trash file, including the iPhoto library trashcan, which can
become quite large. CleanMyMac 2 found several gigabytes of trash files that
could be safely removed from my system, with the lion’s share present
within my iPhoto library where I’d simply forgotten to empty the iPhoto Trash.

A handy Uninstaller is included to assist in removing unwanted
programs and applications. An Extensions Manager also assists removing or
disabling various widgets, application and Preference plugins, dictionaries,
screen savers, and similar elements.

Finally, an Eraser helps you permanently write over
trashed files to ensure that those trashed files cannot be recovered. Due to
the manner in which such files must be overwritten, the task can require
significant time, depending upon how many files are being erased.

In a nutshell

In the past, I’ve always believed that it was best to perform
all these tuning and cleanup files manually. As systems have become more
complex, and time has become more precious, manual tracking and deletion of junk files and
unnecessary software is no longer efficient. Smart Mac users would do
well to keep a copy of CleanMyMac 2 in their toolboxes to help accelerate the
process.

Do you use CleanMyMac 2 in your organization? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.