- Quick scanning
- Constantly updated malware database
- Attractive application
- Lengthy money-back guarantee
- Advertisements for other products
- Lack of customization
- Few overall features
Getting the most out of your Mac is more difficult than it should be, fortunately there are plenty of applications designed to allow you to do just that. One such application is Smart Mac Care, made by India-based company Systweak, which has been in business since 1999 and making macOS software since 2012. Although Smart Mac Care is a relatively new application, creators Systweak have made other Mac optimizers before, so the developers know their stuff. Smart Mac Care is able to remove any malware and spyware as well as clean up your applications and clear up space on your Mac. There is a free version of Smart Mac Care available although it is limited in scope, however all purchases come with an impressive 60-day money-back guarantee.
Smart Mac Care is easy to use and as soon as you open the program, a quick scan will automatically run, searching for adware, malware, unnecessary junk, and any potential privacy issues with your browsers.
There are tabs at the top of the application, including one for web protection status, although this is nothing more than an advertisement for an ad blocking extension called StopAll Ads. This extension just so happens to be made by Tweaking Technologies, a company that shares the same CEO as Smart Mac Care developers Systweak. This tab will also ignore any superior ad blockers you already have installed or any other privacy add-ons, to encourage you to download StopAll Ads instead.
The advanced tools tab is where you find most of the optimization features. The uninstaller, login items, duplicate file finder, and more are all found here and they’re all straightforward for any new users. Finally, Smart Mac Care also sits in your taskbar and from there you can optimize your Mac memory and perform a quick clean.
We must mention one thing we found particularly bothersome about using Smart Mac Clean, every day we were given a new unwanted advertisement for another of Systweak’s products. For the most part, these products have the exact same functions as Smart Mac Care anyway, making it feel predatory to those without sufficient technical knowledge to see the similarities between them.
Smart Mac Care offers two types of malware scans, a quick scan or you can choose a deeper scan, which obviously takes a little longer. The database of malware and spyware is updated regularly to keep your system protected from all the latest threats. Aside from choosing between a quick or deep scan, there isn’t a lot of customization on offer, and no way to scan particular files or folders.
The junk scan will get rid of your caches, logs, and trash. Smart Mac Care lets you see what files will be erased but doesn’t give you the option to keep particular files, so it’s advised that you thoroughly check your junk scan results before proceeding. Finally, there’s the memory optimizer which will free up RAM that should have your Mac running faster than before.
There are plenty of extra helpful functions that will also help boost your Mac’s performance. The uninstaller will get rid of any unwanted programs much more thoroughly than sending them to the trash yourself. One thing that Smart Mac Care isn’t able to do, that some of its rivals can, is delete those unwanted apps that come preinstalled on your computer and are never used.
The duplicate finder tab allows you to search your computer for any files that may be superfluous, and you can remove them from there. Disk usage allows you to sort your files by type, allowing you to easily discover larger files that might be taking up too much space. It would be more helpful if Smart Mac Cleaner allowed you to sort those files by size as currently you have to go through them individually. There are other utilities too like the login items adjuster, failed downloads finder, and cache clearing for Flash and iTunes.
Smart Mac Care has a simple pricing structure, $69.95 for a year’s worth of protection. However, every time you access the payment page you’ll be greeted with a “limited” offer, that reduces the price to $49.95 which is about 29% discount. The offer isn’t very limited, you’re told to “act now!” before the offer expires the following day, although we tested it three days in a row and found the offer never disappeared.
There is a free version of Smart Mac Care available, and it will do the job for at least one scan before subsequently encouraging you to fork out for the full version. However, it is well worth using this before committing, as it’s likely that upon uninstalling the free version you’ll be given a chance to buy for Smart Mac Care half price, reducing the price to a far more reasonable $24.97 for your first year.
All purchases come with a lengthy 60-day money-back guarantee so you’re really able to test everything out before you decide to fully commit. Payment can be made through all the major credit cards, PayPal, and with a wire transfer.
Smart Mac Care offers 24/7 support through email, you can also submit tickets, but this is only possible on the Systweak website and not on the Smart Mac Care site. Although Systweak does have a Twitter page you won’t find any customer support on there, but you can contact them through Facebook instead.
Sadly, the Smart Mac Care website has very little help for users encountering issues. There’s an FAQ section which only has four questions, a pitiful amount. We hope Systweak decides to expand their FAQ section as well as adding tutorials and user guides in the future.
Smart Mac Cleaner does have potential but at the moment it isn’t fulfilling it. There some useful utilities that will certainly boost your Mac’s performance and everything is well-designed and simple for first time users. The malware and spyware databases are also updated constantly, which should ensure you don’t get caught out by any malicious bugs. However, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to elevate Smart Mac Care to the next level. More features are essential, as well as giving greater customization options to the user so they can optimize their computer in a way that suits them the most. Most importantly though, Smart Mac Care must layoff the daily advertisements as well as pushing their own wares to really earn the trust of the consumer.