CleanMyMacX is the latest incarnation of that useful maintenance tool CleanMyMac, which has been on all my Macs for a decade or more. CleanMyMac has a useful little armoury of assorted admin tools, ranging from freeing off disk space by removing assorted system junk (that’s my most-used functionality), uninstalling apps (that’s the other took I use regularly), running assorted maintenance scripts, finding and deleting old and large files, etc etc. I have a few favourites, but I don’t use everything that’s there, even though I’m glad that some of the other facilities are available “just in case” I should need them, even if I’ve never used them.
CleanMyMacX It has a few useful additions compared to previous versions, and is the only version to run on Catalina, so there are several good reasons to purchase. (Or, if you use Setapp, to install from there!)
I do, however, have one serious reservation.
One of the additions to its arsenal of useful tools is a system Health Check. It’s not entirely clear what that does, but it sounds like the kind of feature it’s handy to have around. Another, unadvertised, feature is a Health Monitor. If you launch CleanMyMacX it starts up this Health Monitor process, and when you terminate the app it secretly leaves that process running. It doesn’t ask if it can do this, it doesn’t tell you it’s doing this, and there is no way of preventing it. Start the app and close it again, whatever functionalities you may run (or none of them), and you will find the Health Monitor process is running - and it will continue to run until you kill it or shutdown the system.
I raised this with MacPaw as a support issue, and they confirmed (after a 3-week pause!) that it isn’t possible to opt out of this - allegedly it is “a necessary process for the full functionality of CleanMyMacX” This is clearly nonsense: at best it is a necessary process for the functioning of a continuing Health Monitor, but that is just another function that one may or may not wish to use; it isn’t of itself essential to anything.
Now, I don’t deny the potential utility of a Health Monitor function (although MacPaw give no indication what it is doing to check the system’s health, so how would one know?), but I do resent it being foisted onto my system whether I like it or not. I take the view that as a matter of principle no well-behaved app should leave - deliberately or otherwise! - any unexpected (note my emphasis!) processes lying around, and that to start them secretly and without permission is distinctly shady practice. After all, who owns this Mac anyway?
So far as I’m concerned, MacPaw could easily fix this by making launch of the Health Monitor optional, but they clearly have no intention of doing so. In my experience of MacPaw over the last decade they have - up until now! - been an exemplary developer, but to I am now in the process of seriously revising my opinion. I have uninstalled CleanMyMacX, and have no intention of re-installing it until this issue is resolved.
Does anyone else take a view on this?