Mac Cleaning Software: a MacKeeper and Clean My Mac 3 Review

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Do You Need Mac Cleaning Software? And Which One is Best?

Built-in Mac Cleaning

Starting with macOS Sierra, Apple offers Optimized Storage:

Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra and later can save space by storing your content in the cloud and making it available on demand. When storage space is needed, files, photos, movies, email attachments, and other files that you seldom use are stored in the cloud automatically. Each file stays right where you last saved it, and downloads when you open it. Files that you’ve used recently remain on your Mac, along with optimized versions of your photos.

While this is an amazing thing to have built-in, it doesn’t quite get the job done for many heavy Mac users. Most Mac users need a Mac cleaning software program that does more than just optimizing storage. Further, these users need the cleaning platform to be neutral about storage: Apple obviously pushes its own paid cloud storage.

MacKeeper Review

MacKeeper review disk usage

Mackeeper is a software suite from Kromtech that claims the ability to speed up your computer, remove worthless files, and provide a connection to real-life humans for all of your Mac-related needs.

The software provides a connection to tech experts 24/7 through an integrated live chat system. They can provide you with assistance no matter the time your computer starts to give you issues.

The program also supports a Find & Fix module that allows a remote Apple professional to scan and repair any issues that your Mac might have.

Despite initially glowing reviews of the Mac cleaning software, MacKeeper, we’ve come to believe this is a problematic product and you should uninstall it and consider other options. Zeobit created MacKeeper and it did a decent job in its infancy. However, after selling MacKeeper to Kromtech in the past couple of years the product deteriorated.

Problems with MacKeeper

Mac experts report a myriad of problems with MacKeeper including,

  • Pop under ads (which are advertisements that appear underneath your current browser and you will see the ad once you close your browser)
  • Repeated reminders to clean your computer when you don’t need to do so
  • Fake/purchased reviews in tech websites
  • Hiring overzealous and questionable affiliate marketers
  • Scattering MacKeeper files throughout your computer, making it very difficult to uninstall
  • Destabilizing your Mac by not “playing nice” with other applications and programs.

Clean My Mac 3 Review

A basic CleanMyMac 3 scan runs through the following items: system junk, photo junk, mail attachments, iTunes junk,  and trash bins. It cleans up each of these areas creating more space on your hard drive and speeding up your Mac. It also identifies files on your hard drive that are particularly large and/or old, allowing you to make cleaning decisions on these individual items.

My first scan with CleanMyMac3 cleared up over 10 GB of space. It also identified nearly 12 GB of large and old files for me to review. And at its conclusion, it succinctly reported its actions, without asking me to investigate complex technical issues like my PC software had done back in the day.

Moreover, with Clean My Mac 3 you can:

Get a quick overview of your computer health right from your menu bar. I’m pretty certain my computer is on borrowed time given its age so I think about its lifespan fairly frequently. I like that I can quickly click on the CleanMyMac 3 icon straight in the menu bar to get an overview. The overview tells me how much RAM I have and how much space is available on my hard drive. It also gives me an update on my battery health and if my trash bin is full. Based on what I see there I can attempt to free up memory right from drop down or empty my trash bin. I can also launch CleanMyMac 3 or open the app preferences.

Set reminders for your computer’s health. The app automatically installs with a few reminders that you can customize based on your needs. These reminde
rs include alerting you when you have too little memory or hard drive space and notifications for when your trash bin is over a certain size. Additionally, the app can let you know it’s available to properly uninstall programs when you drag them to the trash bin or it can let you know when an open program is no longer running correctly.

Run CleanMyMac 3 on a schedule. With a newborn at home I don’t keep track of the small stuff, like scanning my Mac’s health, as well as I’d like. CleanMyMac 3 allows me to set a schedule for the program to launch and scan without any intervention from me. Hallelujah!



There are many recent complaints against MacKeeper. Our latest recommendation is to consider a different Mac cleaning product.

We recommend checking out MacPaw’s CleanMyMac3. An alternative to MacKeeper, it features many of the same highlights, but with a much happier customer base (and a one time price instead of a subscription!). 

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