MacCleaning Pro

We’ve looked at several utilities in the past to keep your Mac running in top condition. MacCleaning Pro from EaseUS is one of the cheaper and simpler options. It is very easy to use, mostly by virtue of it’s lack of features. As system cleaners go, this has to be the simplest.

mcp-ss1The preferences pane, shown to the right, is quite simple and provides the ability to decide which areas MacCleaning Pro will clean old unused files from. The utility can also be configured (as shown with the slider bar at the top of the preferences pane) to alert you when there is less than a certain percentage of disk space remaining. This could perhaps be quite handy, or quite annoying depending on how close to the edge you have to run your disk!

I’m not at all convinced that the emptying of system and user caches is a good thing for performance, but I’m no expert in that field so it may not be a problem. Perhaps people could give me a better idea of that aspect in comments below?

An aspect of cleaning up that would be very useful would be to allow files / log entries newer than a certain date to remain. Or conversely to only delete files that are older than a certain date. When it comes to system logs, it’s fair to say there’s probably an inordinate amount of cruft in my system log and removing most of it occasionally is a useful thing. However, this utility just removes the entire log file, whereas I would like to have been able to keep the last 3 days worth of entries.

mcp-ss2The menubar that comes with MacCleaning Pro is a nice touch, although the look and feel doesn’t really match the rest of OSX with the green bar. Having said that, the bar changes colour when you reach the disk threshold so I suspect they chose green to mean ‘OK’. It still looks a bit out of place somehow even with that in mind. Some artistic touch would definitely not go astray there to bring it more into line with other OSX icons and labels in the menu bar. The red highlighting that your disk is running low is good though.

You can see from the image that once again, simplicity is the order of the day. Clicking on the drive icon or the green bar brings up a menu which enables you to Eject All your mounted drives, open the Preferences or run a Fast Clean. We discussed the preferences above, and I’m not sure I see the point of an Eject All but then I don’t use many external disks or mount many DMGs, preferring to clear these up as I go if I do use them at all.

mcp-ss3The Fast Clean option is the reason for this programs existence and to be honest, it does what it says on the tin. But if you’re expecting any whizzy bits to go along with this, you won’t find them. It cleans, it gives you a progress bar while it does it and that’s about it. I couldn’t even find anywhere that told me after the fact what actually been deleted. I was also quite concerned that I didn’t get any option to decide which (if any files) should be deleted and which shouldn’t. Though I understand that these options are set through the Preferences pane, I wasn’t brave enough to select the ‘Users Download Folder’ in there because I really didn’t want to lose ALL my downloads – even though there’s probably some junk in there that can now go.

Overall, sadly, the application just seems to be a little unfinished. It’s missing the polish I’m used to with Mac apps. I think that EaseUS have gone for a simplistic approach but perhaps taken that design ethos a little too far. There’s no duplicate file detection for example, which a lot of the other cleaners have (though most don’t make easy to use!). The lack of confirmation of which files to actually delete scares me (and says ‘unfinished’ too) and it would be a useful addition if the application would scan your Applications folder and present you with the ability to delete applications that you no longer use. Of course, that’s pretty straight forward on OSX anyway, so that may be why they haven’t bothered. It would be nice if this app were a ‘work in progress’ and more features were coming shortly – perhaps based on feedback from reviews even. If that’s the case, I’ll update the review to reflect that.

But, it is very simple to use, and it works quickly. It freed up 1.2G of space on my MacBook Pro, which I tend to keep fairly tidy anyway. It does what it says on the tin, nothing more and nothing less.

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