Review of CleanMyPC by MacPaw: Taking Control of Your Computer’s Breadcrumbs

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Review of CleanMyPC by MacPaw: Taking Control of Your Computer’s Breadcrumbs

Review of CleanMyPC by MacPaw: Taking Control of Your Computer’s Breadcrumbs

Today I got the chance to sit down with CleanMyPC, a program that lets offers several different ways to control the data crumbs left on your computer during normal operation. These data crumbs come in the form of registry duplications, cookies, various cached web pages, and other things. If you’re concerned about your privacy and personal computer security, dealing with these bits of history is an essential part of using a computer.

About CleanMyPC

CleanMyPC has seven basic tabs that work together to ensure the overall health and privacy of your computer. These range from letting you manage what programs automatically start when your computer starts to managing your registry. These sections include:

• My Computer – this is the primary job of CleanMyPC. It scans your system looking in the standard places that your computer saves cache files to see how much space it can reclaim for you. It also scans your Recycle Bin and looks for any misc. language packs you don’t need. Once it’s identified them, it deletes them for you.

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• Registry Maintenance – This scans your registry for outdated keys and any possible errors, deleting them once they’ve been identified and you’ve given the okay.

• Uninstaller – One of the worst parts of uninstalling any program are the folders and settings that they leave behind. This section ensures that once you’ve uninstalled something, every bit of it is gone.

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• Hibernation – disables the hibernation setting on your pc. Let’s face it. You don’t need to hibernate anymore. With Windows 10 sleep function, you can put your PC in a low power state and resume whatever you were doing quickly. If you are concerned with power consumption, shut your PC down.

• Extensions – Manages your browser extensions, letting you see what else is running besides your Swagbucks addon.

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• Autorun – One of the biggest reasons your computer is slowing down is because of programs that start when your computer does and run in the background. This section lets you see exactly what is starting up and then lets you decide what to actually let run.

Privacy – This lets you manage your browsers. If you’re like me, you run Chrome and Firefox at the same time for different reasons. This section puts every browser you have installed in one place, letting you control cookies, history, the individual cache, and even saved passwords. I don’t save any passwords in my browser, letting LastPass handle all of my password needs. It’s a nice feature that clears everything when you close your browser, saving space and keeping your information secure.

• Shredder – This lets you remove a file or folder from your computer securely. Normally when you delete something, your computer doesn’t actually delete, it just removes your ability to access the place on your hard drive that it was written to. That means that someone could recover that data if they get your hard drive. CleanMyPC solves that by writing random data over that space, making your deleted file gone practically forever.

The Good

First and foremost, for what this program does, it excels. It’s a very handy way to clean up the clutter on your hard drive, reclaiming valuable space. The interface is easy to navigate with minimal buttons, making it much more user-friendly than similar programs.

The privacy feature is a great one, putting browser history and cache controls right at your fingertips. If you’re at all concerned about your online safety, this is something that will be right up your alley. Likewise with being able to manage your browser extensions. Knowing what is running in the background is one sure way to help you be safe.

The program runs efficiently, and if you’re concerned about resources or it slowing down your system, it won’t. It has two processes that idle in the background and consume about 35 MB of memory. For comparison, that’s less than your anti-virus program should take up.

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The Bad

Many people question if cleaning your browser cache is worth it. That decision is up to you. The cache essentially lets your computer load webpages faster by keeping an old copy on your computer. When you go browse amazon, the landing page is already there for the most part. All Chrome has to do is update it, making your browser go much faster.

This is great if you only go to a set of sites regularly. However, if you’re like us and you end up visiting a wide range of sites, some of which you’ll only see once, having all of those webpages in your memory can be a pain. Also, even if you clear your browser history, you don’t clear the cache unless you specifically choose to. That means your browsing history is still there for anyone who cares to look.

The same thing applies to your registry. Deleting your registry errors is more of a feel-good effect than anything. It doesn’t do any harm, but aside from freeing up a little space, it really do anything either.

Bottom-Line

The bottom line is that I like this program. There are no significant faults or drawbacks that make this program a danger to you or your system. In fact, if you’re security conscious, having these extra controls is going to be a benefit. The smooth interface makes navigating a breeze and you don’t have to search for any hidden tricks or functions. MacPaw lays all their cards on the table for you to see here.

Additionally, we like that this program is safe for all levels of users. That means you could install it on your tech-confused grandmother’s computer and not worry that she’s going to call you in the middle of the night because she deleted the System32 file.

You can try CleanMyPC free here:

Final Score: 8/10

Disclosure: This reviewer was provided with a free copy of this program to allow him to review it properly. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developers, company and/or any affiliates in any way.

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About The Author
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds has spent his entire life immersed in some form of technology or another.  It started with a simple Non-Turing test compliant AI that he programmed using BASIC when he was fourteen, and has led to pursuing a BS in Computer Science with a focus on mobile security algorithms.  In his spare time, he is a stereotypical nerd, playing video games and trying to teach his two toddler daughters to type out his code so he doesn’t have to do what he considers, “the boring part.”

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