MacCleaner Pro software review: our full review

There’s no shortage of cleaning and optimization tools for Mac these days, and while MacCleaner Pro doesn’t offer the best feature set, what it does have is a convenient and efficient selection of tools. These utilities are capable, practical and work well while fulfilling their promises.

The program focuses on a few tools and functions (MacCleaner Pro itself, App Cleaner & Uninstaller, Disk Space Analyzer, Funter, and Memory Cleaner) and performs well with them, although at a price that may be steep for some. . user.

Each of MacCleaner Pro’s tools is quite powerful, and it has a nice help system that opens when you first activate each new module. It’s very easy to open a chat window to ask for help or watch a YouTube help video on how to complete a task.


An easy-to-use tutorial system shows the highlights of each MacCleaner Pro module when you first open it – image Nektony

Once you’ve given each tool full permissions and access to folders like Downloads, Desktop, Documents, and more, they’re free to go to work looking for files that might be scattered around your Mac.

The Overview and Cleanup tool freed up more than 10 gigabytes of disk space on our MacBook Pro, and the cleanup feature clearly indicates what types of files the software will clean (such as caches, not required language files, email attachments, etc.)

Accelerate Mac lets you do things like re-index Spotlight, Mail, and manage your startup apps, Internet plugins, and browser extensions, which would require digging into the macOS operating system if you had to it manually.

Both standard and expert modes offer tweaks like freeing up RAM, disabling annoying startup apps, re-indexing your Mail database, disabling browser extensions, and more.

It won’t change your Mac, but it can help you eliminate some problems.


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Manage Disk Space easily displays and accesses various types of files such as compressed archives, videos, audio files, images, documents, system files and duplicate files. Easily target specific files and remove them.

Other modules work as expected, we easily found an old copy of Adobe Premiere and removed it and its supporting files.

The Remove Duplicate Files tool is proven to be efficient and shows you how many additional copies of a duplicate image may be occupying your hard drive. At one time, I deleted over 700 cached copies of an image on my hard drive, freeing up over 100MB of space.

Reclaimed space is tracked almost like a scorecard, prompting you to reclaim more while the program is open.

Duplicate File Finder isn’t limited to what’s on your Mac. We used it to find and remove files in an iCloud account. As convenient as iCloud storage is, there are times when duplicates pile up, and the Duplicate File Finder module offers a handy preview of files to be processed and possibly deleted.

We were able to offload gigabytes, but we also had to get used to this module and customize it. You may need to specifically target what you want to delete, as we had to restore data from a Time Machine archive to get data for an Adobe Premiere file we were working on.

You may want to take the time to target the duplicates you want to offload.

In the case of the Completely remove programs module, unwanted applications can be easily found and removed. A handy toggle lets you switch between standard mode and expert mode, which lets you view application components and note their location on your Mac.

With Analyze Mac disk space usage, it’s easy to view and analyze complex file types and shrink them. Another great feature of this module is that it is able to see and analyze which files are taking up the most space on our Boot Camp partition, an unexpected bonus.

Clean up Mac was able to clear 3.28 GB of redundant cache and language files. The application also refines your search, selecting folders to clean. Although the module was able to restore most of the files, it did not have the necessary permissions to delete five small files, which is a small problem that needs to be fixed.

With Funter, accessible through the macOS menu bar, view and analyze unnecessary, duplicate, old and large files and applications quickly. Thanks to this, macOS can view and work with hidden files without having to unlock them through Terminal commands. Which is handy in cases where you need to use or dispose of these files.

Finally, with Memory Cleaner, efficiently free up RAM and monitor programs that use this resource. It works great for freeing up unallocated RAM, and can be configured to load at startup, nice right?

Price

A license for Mac is available via a one-year subscription for €29 or as a one-time purchase for €72.60. Although MacCleaner Pro 3 offers a good set of tools, the asking price seems high and its move into the arena of subscription software, when most users pay a price for in their utility, is a surprise. a bit hard to swallow.

It’s easy enough to transfer your activation license from one Mac to another if needed, but the price may put you off, even considering promotions. Another annoyance comes from Nektony’s marketing strategy, there are too many menus asking you to sign up for the company’s mailing list.

Conclusion

MacCleaner Pro is a nice surprise in a saturated utility market. You get quick responses to your requests via e-mail, you benefit from an efficient interface and smooth operation. It may not be the most attractive, but its interface is still pleasant. We recommend it without hesitation.

MacCleaner Pro 3, like its predecessor, focuses on several modules and functions (MacCleaner Pro itself, App Cleaner & Uninstaller, Disk Space Analyzer, Funter, and Memory Cleaner) and performs well on them. MacCleaner Pro 3 doesn’t feel like a drastic update to the previous version, but rather a gradual update. The tools are the same with some improvements and a nice UI overhaul.

Where things get difficult with MacCleaner Pro is the price and its marketing pressure. The company pushed a little too hard. Whether or not utility software falls into the category of subscription software is debatable and just because the software industry is following this trend doesn’t mean Nektony has to. These are handy devices and they do their job well, but if it involves a price hike, the company risks scaring away potential customers.

Adapted from a test conducted and written by Chris Barylick, published on our sister site Macworld.com

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