While there are tons of PC optimization and file sweeping applications out there on the web, few offer a complete solution that gives you hard drive clean up, registry error fixing, and other ways of speeding up your computer. While programs like CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller can tackle one or a few of these features at a time, CleanMyPC by MacPaw has them all. But does it successfully pull it off? Keep reading to find out!
The User Interface
CleanMyPC’s main window immediately gives you a glimpse of how much it can actually do. The center section provides you with some basic information: when your last scan was, how much space was cleaned the last scan, how much free space you’ve recovered total since CleanMyPC was installed, and when the last time you used the utility was. From here, you can also access the feature that gives CleanMyPC its name. It scans your computer and provides options for cleaning several different areas of your computer:
- Caches & Logs: Many of the apps you run on your computer will create a cache, a store of files that are ready so the app can load faster. However, most of these applications don’t delete their cache after it isn’t needed and a lot of extra space can be unnecessarily used. Also, the Windows operating system has series of log files it uses to store information for troubleshooting purposes; you don’t need these. CleanMyPC safely finds any of these two types of files on your computer and deletes the ones you don’t need.
- Help Files: Most programs come with help files that let you know how to use it, but usually you don’t need these after using the program once. CleanMyPC lets you uncheck and help files for programs you already know how to use.
- Extra Languages: Unless you’re multilingual, you probably don’t need tons of different languages installed on your computer. From this section, you can remove any languages you don’t use.
- Trash & Junk: When you tell your Windows machine to delete a file, it doesn’t actually delete it, but instead sends it to a location called the recycle bin where you can recover it if you want. While this is nice, most of the time you won’t ever need the files you delete ever again. CleanMyPC removes all of these files, freeing a bunch of space on your computer’s hard drive.
You can gain a huge amount of hard drive space by using each of these different aspects. I’v freed anywhere from 500 MB to 2 GB each time from using
Windows includes a registry that affects options and configuration for applications as well as the operating system itself. Over time, the registry can often become cluttered and messed up and cause errors to your computer. CleanMyPC will scan for errors and fix them.
You can easily remove apps from your computer using its uninstaller, but most of the time there’s still a bunch of left over files that the uninstaller didn’t delete. CleanMyPC allows you to launch the app’s uninstaller, remove the program, and then will scan to make sure nothing is left behind.
Gadgets & Extensions Manager
Windows comes with a gadget system that allows you to put widgets on your desktop – so, for example, you could see the weather or check your news feed. However, it uses system resources and CleanMyPC allows you to completely disable it if you want to. In addition, you can disable or remove extensions and addons from whatever browser you’re using, whether it’s Chrome, Firefox, or something else.
When you start your computer up, a bunch of system services and applications automatically begin to run as soon as Windows is loaded, without you doing anything. While this is often very handy, if you have too many unnecessary apps starting whenever you boot your machine on, it’ll significantly slow your computer down. From CleanMyPC’s autorun window, you can disable any apps you don’t want to start.
Windows doesn’t come with a way to completely delete a file without trace. If you have files with sensitive information such as banking or credit card numbers, you’d definitely want to be able to remove a them in a way that nobody could ever access it again. Secure erase does this: you tell which file to remove and it rewrites the it multiple times to scramble information then removes it from your hard drive.
CleanMyPC costs a rather whopping $39.95. That’s a pretty large sum of money for any software nowadays, especially considering how many quality free apps there are available on the internet. CleanMyPC is surely well made: it combines many different capabilities and does them all in a fast and simple way, but whether you want to spend $39.95 on it is totally up to you.
If you’re looking for a complete and polished computer clean up solution, and can afford the money, CleanMyPC is certainly worth it. However, with so many other cheaper options available, I can’t say that it’s the best choice available. In the meantime, you could try out CleanMyPC’s trial version, and we can hope that MacPaw decides to lower the cost of their excellent product in the future.