How to uninstall CleanMyMac?

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Issue: How to uninstall CleanMyMac?

Hello, I am Mac user. Recently I have been surprised by a unexpected scan that was performed on my computer by a program called CleanMyMac. I don't remember installing it. Is it legitimate and should I uninstall or keep it? Thanks for the advice.

Solved Answer

CleanMyMac is maintenance and security software, specially designed for Mac computers. While the application is available as a trial version for 30 days, users have to pay for a full price of the software – $39.95 for a single yearly license, although options for multiple devices are available too (it would cost less to buy licenses for 3 or 5 computers rather than getting them individually, so it is an ideal option for large families). So, what is this application and should you uninstall CleanMyMac?

CleanMyMac might have been installed with other applications, and if you picked Recommended or Quick install settings, you might have missed it. While the practice is quite deceptive and often used by potentially unwanted program authors, not all apps that are bundled are useless or even malicious. In contrary, CleanMyMac might be useful for some users.

Here are the main features of CleanMyMac:

  • Locates cache files and deletes them;
  • Detects and removes adware, worms, spyware, etc.;
  • Helps to delete browser data and history;
  • Removes insecure WiFi networks from the list so you wouldn't connect automatically;
  • Allows to flush DNS, repair disk permissions, rebuild Spotlight index, etc.;
  • Uninstalls potentially unwanted programs and deletes all the leftovers.

Generally speaking, CleanMyMac firmly reminds of bloatware and hoax[1] applications that show false positives for users to buy its licensed version.[2] One of many examples is Advanced Mac Cleaner – the notorious PUP[3] that was used in malware campaigns like OSX/Shlayer.

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However, the app was developed by MacPaw – an indie company that has a good reputation. Therefore, CleanMyMac can be trusted, as it does not engage in any shady practices when it comes to scans and its results.

While CleanMyMac can be a great tool for cleaning the computer and removing junk files, it is not perfect. First of all, the app does not protect your device from malware in real-time, meaning that it will not stop malicious software from entering it.

Another feature that might be a little bit controversial is the file cleaning functionality. While CleanMyMac does an excellent job at protecting vital system files from being removed, users need to pay great attention when dealing with the feature, as it is not a one-click solution. Ignoring the fine print might cause in the removal of files that were actually needed.[4]

Finally, most users that are running SSD-powered Mac computers that they purchased within the last two years, they might rarely find the app useful, as the newest machines should be running fine without any third-party tools. On the other hand, those who have a variety of unwanted programs installed might make use of the app uninstall feature.

Therefore, to answer the question whether you need to uninstall CleanMyMac depends on your experience with the Mac computers (you can perform all the features manually), as well as the macOS machine you are using.

If you decided that the application is in fact not useful to you, you could uninstall CleanMyMac by checking the guide below.

Step 1. Shut down CleanMyMac via the Activity Monitor

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While this step might not be mandatory, we suggest you do it – only because it will ensure easy CleanMyMac removal. To shut its process down, you will have to go to the Activity Monitor. Here's how to do it:

  • Go to /Applications/Utilities/ folder and double-click on Activity Monitor
  • From there click on any entries that are connected to CleanMyMac and press Force QuitStop CleanMyMac process via the Activity Monitor

Step 2. Move the install to Trash

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This step is very simple and must be familiar to most Mac users. Drag the CleanMyMac icon from the application list directly to the Trash:

  • Go to Application folder
  • Locate CleanMyMac entry
  • Right-click on it and select Move to Trash or drag it insteadMove CleanMyMac to trash

Step 3. Check for additional locations for CleanMyMac traces

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Just like other applications, CleanMyMac can leave traces inside different parts of the system. For example, some of the .plist files are used to launch automatic updates later so that the pup-ups might come back at any time. To prevent it, please follow these steps:

  • Click on Finder and pick Go
  • Select Go to Folder…
  • In the new window, type in /Library/LaunchAgents and click on Go
  • Check for any entries that are related to CleanMyMac application and move them to trash
  • Go back to Go to Folder… and check the /Library/Application Support, /Library/LaunchDaemons, /Library/Preferences/, /Library/Caches/ folders for CleanMyMac traces. Delete them.Check additional places for CleanMyMac traces

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Ugnius Kiguolis
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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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