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I say in essence because I did not actually try out the software myself in order to write the article. CleanMyMac 3 Photo: It was an unexpected reaction to my article, and I have never written a story before that garnered such instant disdain! Fire and Fury One member thought the post was spam, while the other demanded that the group admins take my post down. Another member claimed the software was fraudulent and what the app purports to do was misleading. However, after conferring with some former coworkers, they indeed confirmed my suspicion. The original creator of the app may have created something useful but third parties may be the cause of us seeing this as malware.
I say in essence because I did not actually try out the software myself in order to write the article. CleanMyMac 3 Photo: It was an unexpected reaction to my article, and I have never written a story before that garnered such instant disdain!
Fire and Fury One member thought the post was spam, while the other demanded that the group admins take my post down.
Another member claimed the software was fraudulent and what the app purports to do was misleading. However, after conferring with some former coworkers, they indeed confirmed my suspicion. The original creator of the app may have created something useful but third parties may be the cause of us seeing this as malware. Unfortunately, far too many people download apps from unreliable sources and hose their computers.
Besides, even if the original app is legit, it looks like it does things that can be achieved by rebooting either normally or into safe mode or simply running some basic Terminal commands. Unsubstantiated Claims Our own Dan Knight, the publisher of Low End Mac, asked that member to provide evidence of their claim — and if validated the article would be removed.
It is not spam. You may or may not like the program but that is another matter entirely. A word about our sponsor, LOL! I chose to do a feature story on this app by MacPaw after seeing the tagline for the software in the subject line of an email from a company called StackCommerce that regularly sells merchandise at discounts for group purchases and is partnered with publishing sites like Macworld and Cult of Mac magazines.
CleanMyMac Users Respond Coming to the rescue in defense of my article and the product were these three group members who are all owners of either the current or past version of CleanMyMac, and in addition to their comments from the LEM Facebook group, two of them were asked a round of questions with the knowledge that their responses would be published here.
I actually like it and use it! MacPaw and CleanMyMac 3 have never been trash. I asked Ruoho what he had to say to those people who think or claim that CleanMyMac 3 is malware and why he thought they compare it to MacKeeper. He responded: Nobody ever accuses OnyX of being a malware app. Maybe it is easy to put these types of apps in a pile and call them all bad. Onyx is an app with numerous system utilities from Titanium Software which was discussed by members of the group and will be talked about shortly.
He said: Sometimes I check up on huge file sizes just to see if there might be something there that I could remove. I tend to also use it for getting rid of iTunes and iOS clutter. Just to be clear, Ruoho divulged his relation to the company that created CleanMyMac 3.
I am not an employee of MacPaw, I have just been buying their products and using them at home, at work, and with clients. I did, however, beta-test the Setapp , their app subscription service, for a while but did not end up becoming a paying customer.
Setapp, another app from MacPaw, was discussed briefly in my original article as mentioned by their PR and communications specialist in relation to CleanMyMac 3. Ruoho told us that while he is a member of the LEM Facebook group, he is not a regular reader of the website. As far as his low-end Macs go? CleanMyMac is a good app, no malware, no shady practices, etc.
Comparing it with apps like MacKeeper is just plain ignorance. That said, there are features that should be used with caution, just like Onyx for example another great app. Can it make existing issues worse? Yes, it can, as would a software update or any other kind of maintenance utility. Great app, highly recommended! Good article dude! Vrij wrote: Cleaner apps have a bad reputation because of apps such as MacKeeper. In general, any kind of cleaner app is seen as unnecessary and a source of crashes and other issues.
In the past, there have been cleaner apps that cleaned too much and in doing so stripped vital system components or broke them. There have also been cleaner apps that were nothing more than scareware. Most of the people that say cleaner apps are malware, garbage, useless, etc. Never having done the research or never having done any tests themselves. Sources such as the Apple Support Forums perpetrate this as well. Quite a few high ranking members dismiss any cleaner app as a scam or malware immediately without having any personal experience with the app in question.
Because these are respected members of the Apple Community, people take their word for it and start spreading that same nonsense themselves.
On using CleanMyMac 3, Vrijenhoek had this to say. With hard drives still relatively small and expensive in the early s, apps that offered to strip all of the non-essentials so you could free up a few GB of space were pretty popular.
PPC users had no need for Intel code in Universal Binary apps, and Intel users had no need for the PPC code in apps; these utilities would get rid of the code that did not support your platform and make apps faster and free up a bunch of space. With SSD speeds and capacities these days, stripping some language files from an app makes no difference in performance anyway.
Vrijenhoek said that he is not an employee of MacPaw or a software developer with a contract, has not been paid to use and promote CleanMyMac 3, nor does he have any friends or relatives who fit that bill. While Vrijenhoek is one of its writers, he said he is not a regular reader of Low End Mac and only peruses its content on occasion.
Vrijenhoek said: I managed to fry the dual 1. Each has its strengths. According to Knight, it is loosely affiliated with Low End Mac, having its origins among members of the Low End Mac Facebook group, but while an associated group, it is run separately.
Vrijenhoek, who recently took over the helm as one of its admins, although is not the creator of the group, said that while it is still young they have daily games and tournaments every few weeks with their different selection of games expanding. Started in April of this year, the gaming lounge has over members so far and continues to grow. Any more details? Onyx, the app that both Ruoho and Vrijenhoek previously mentioned — which like CleanMyMac 3, is a multifunction utility that performs maintenance and cleaning tasks among other things — was another topic of discussion brought into the fold between the LEM Facebook group members.
Many people have a bad taste from MacKeeper marketing and are wary, as they should be. I heard about MacPaw when researching duplicate file finders, and the Gemini product looks promising even though I went with a different solution. I did evaluate it for my own use a year or so back, but decided to stay old school.
They seem like a decent company, and cleaners are an obvious low hanging fruit and introductory product. I still think their Gemini duplicate search would be more useful for most folks.
Gemini 2 is another app from MacPaw that finds duplicate files on your computer and, similar to CleanMyMac 3, allows you to delete the files in order to recover space on your hard drive.
And the number one question I ask of everyone, which is about being a regular reader of the Low End Mac website, Paulin gets kudos for his response. Though I highly doubt he needs much help from our website due to the fact that he has been working with Apples since the late s and Macs pretty much from its start. He also mentioned that he was part of the team comprised of a group of friends that built a Kickstarter project called the Impulse Controller , which was a Bluetooth device that was an accessory for playing retro video games on phones and tablets.
Naturally, as one would expect, his background and work in the coin-op gaming industry influenced him to work on the invention. It took us longer than we hoped to get the whole thing designed and efficient and made in the U. It was quite a fun project and a labor of love. I engineered it and oversaw the firmware in retrospect I should have written it, but we had a partner who slowly produced that.
The team developed the original idea into the portable final concept and designed and produced everything. A wonderful experience. Some loved it, some hated it. Most of our users ended up using classic emulators on Android.
We had little luck getting developer attention more than the iCade did. The Impulse Controller shipped in mid and sold close to 20, devices. The product is no longer available for sale but can be found used on the aftermarket in places like eBay. Any that are purported to be brand new are most likely to, according to Paulin, be cheap knock-offs missing key features like multi-function firmware.
On the app itself and alleviating the doubts of the majority of the members of the LEM Facebook group as well as assuring readers of my original article and current users that their software is safe and legit, she had this to say: CleanMyMac is widely used by businesses and companies whose requirements for security are high.
We offer them to try out CleanMyMac to see how much trash and other unneeded items on the Macs could be cleaned. CleanMyMac does what it exactly promises and never spams users with any ads. Upon request, Petryk could not provide statistics on how many copies of CleanMyMac 3 have been sold to date or CleanMyMac in its entire lifetime so far due to an NDA non-disclosure agreement. In regard specifically to the validity of the claim by the member who said what makes their software malware is that in its original form, it is fine but after third parties add to or modify it, it becomes unsafe, Petryk said: Actually, no.
So what is the best and safest way to ensure that the app downloaded is the original product? Conclusion Well? There you have it. I hope that the response provided by Petryk eases any uncertainty by any readers of my original article that this Reader Roundup revolves around and addressed any of the misinformed claims made by the members of the LEM Facebook group.
One of the things I enjoy about being a journalist is getting to meet new people and share their stories with my readers and the rest of the world. Join me next time for more comments, feedback, reaction, and personal stories of readers of my column here on Low End Mac. Thanks for reading!