MacPaw and Trend Micro come from very different segments of the software industry. The Japanese Trend Micro is a multinational cyber security and defense company founded in Los Angeles, California, its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and a global presence around the world.
MacPaw, on the other hand, is an independent Ukranian-based software development company. As such each of their respective Mac optimization programs naturally have their own distinctions, too, but not in the way you might expect. Trend Micro might have the recognition internationally, but it is MacPaw’s software that stands out as one of the most-used cleaning utilities. They both have their strengths, however, whether that’s Dr. Cleaner’s live expert assistance or CleanMyMac’s impressive cleaning capabilities. The question is, which one is the must-have?
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Dr. Cleaner Pro
Securing a place in the Mac optimization market is becoming more and more of a challenge – and not just for new entrants – as users look for multi-purpose services that provide the most value for their money. Trend Micro's Dr. Cleaner Pro seeks to deliver that to users looking for a pro-level service, surprisingly offering such a product for the purchase of a one-time license that costs $19.99. Alongside live support, an outstanding feature of Dr. Cleaner Pro that gives assistance via a professional on the other side of a chat screen, there is also a file manager called Disk Map to play around with. This feature delivers visual information about which files occupy the most space.
And while CleanMyMac has the app uninstaller feature, Dr. Cleaner seeks to raise the bar with something dubbed “App Manager”. This feature is not limited to only app removal since it also allows users to choose to remove only the cache files generated by software, with a handy tab for finding out which programs and apps are not up to date.
Those looking to test Dr. Cleaner themselves can start by downloading the free version from the App Store. If you are looking for more advanced features – such as deep scanning and duplicate file removal – then either upgrade to the Pro version or test the program risk-free for 30 days before you buy.
When you combine ease of use with simplicity, the result is always appealing to end-users. This is how MacPaw managed to strengthen its foothold in the Mac optimization market with its CleanMyMac app. Along with the smart cleanup feature that scours the whole Mac for junk and removable files – something that's just not possible with Dr. Cleaner Pro since the program is sandboxed – the software includes several handy features that serve the main purpose of maintaining a storage-optimized computer.
Every Mac needs the owner's attention from time to time, so instead of having to type code into Terminal (something only advanced users can do) CleanMyMac provides a better alternative with its powerful utilities and scripts that help the system run optimally. Reindex Spotlight, for example, is used in a handful of troubleshooting scenarios, just like repairing disk permissions.
Both pieces of software take privacy seriously, too, and while Dr. Cleaner runs in a sandbox – the safest option since it prevents any system changes – CleanMyMac takes another approach. The app focuses on allowing users to delete cookies, browsing history, iMessage text, and attachments.
CleanMyMac is available as a free download, but if to get the most out of the software you will need a license key for $39.95.
When it comes to choosing between the two options there are multiple factors to consider, and price isn't necessarily the highest priority; it should be the features that make or break the deal. When you are considering an app, if it’s important that it should remind you to update installed programs and provide live support for your Mac optimization problems or is available for a lifetime license, then Trend Micro will be a good match. However, if you feel it’s more imperative to have a thorough system scan, junk removal, and storage optimization alongside maintenance utilities that can be run from time to time and regular Mac health alerts, then CleanMyMac will be a better fit for you – even if it is much more expensive than Dr. Cleaner. In the end, it's down to your personal preferences, and the good news is that both apps can be tested risk free.