With malware constantly evolving and cyber-crime becoming more and more mainstream, no operating system is safe anymore. The main reason behind that is the fact that malware authors have become more and more and they have discovered vulnerabilities in absolutely any piece of operating system out there, including the all-safe Mac OS. This is why the popularity of anti-malware programs and optimizers of Apple devices have also grown in number so that they answer the increasing demand of Mac users. One such program is Combo Cleaner which aims to include Antivirus, disk cleaner, big file clean, uninstaller, duplicate file remover and privacy scanner utilities. The main idea behind this is like it’s name suggests to get users rid of the extra software they have for each different necessity on their MacBook. Now, it all sounds great, but is the Combo Cleaner software as good as it claims to be? We have decided to conduct a software review to see if this program is really as flawless as many positive reviewers claim.
Subnote: This article was originally created August 2018, but we gave it an update October 2019 and April 2020.
|Type||Combined Antivirus and PC Optimizer/Speed up software.|
|Operating System||Mac Os|
|License Price||$44.95 for a single license/$88.95 for a family license.|
|User Experience||Discuss Combo Cleaner In Our Forum|
Combo Cleaner In-Depth
The software, created by RCS LT has nothing to do with programs available from the competition. The program aims to serve Mac users exclusively as it offers as many utilities on one place, instead of the user having to manually look for programs that serve different needs and fill his/her Mac’s memory with all sorts of programs.
Once intalled on our test machine, the program welcomes users in a rather pleasant and user-friendly design which also offers many different technical details that are easily accessible as well:
To sum up the exact features the software offers, they are the following:
- Adware scanner.
- Malware scanning software.
- Malware scanner for specific computer problem.
- Disk cleaner feature.
- Smart Scanning.
- External hard drive scanner.
- Duplicate file finder.
- Privacy scanner.
- Big files finder.
- App uninstaller.
In addition to those features, the software also offers a tech support team capable of answering victims’ requests when it comes to the software or if they have issues with some type of unwanted software or malware on their Mac.
Combo Cleaner Test Results – Update October 2019
We have performed a test of Combo Cleaner, featuring 50 malware samples, 16 of which were adware and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). When tested, combo ranked in our top 3 of the 10 best antivirus software for Mac:
In reality, Combo Cleaner is the program that did second in the custom scan test of our 50 malware samples and PUPs. The software managed to detect 43 out of 50 samples in total, doing better than Trend Micro. However, what sets it back is that while it is perfect for removing all types of threats, its real time protection is not available yet. Nonetheless, the program still offers a large number of features, making it 6 programs synthesised in 1.
Regarding privacy, Combo Cleaner offers a Privacy Scanner feature, that ensures that you will be able to remove all tracking objects from various different sites on your computer.
In addition, Combo Cleaner is also a very powerful tool against PUPs – the most common and indirect threat for Macs this year. Combo Cleaner not only can detect PUPs, but also remove them entirely and it also has its Uninstaller feature for programs that users find difficult in removing.
Performance-wise, Combo Cleaner is one of the lowest in size programs here, despite the large amount of features it has. The software is actually only 10.6 MB in size on disk. While scanning, it takes around 14% of your CPU and around 372.2 MB of RAM. We do have to admit that the full (deep) scan of Combo Cleaner is one of the fastest scanners here, taking no more than 50 minutes to complete. The only drawback in terms of performance was that the program took around 400 MB of RAM, which is a bit too much, compared to the other software in this list.
The features of Combo Cleaner are unmatched in variety and value added, and they are the main reason why we put this program in third place. It is not just an anti-malware tool, but rather an all-in-one software designed to fix all your Mac issues, that otherwise may require a tech-savvy expert.
Mac Antivirus Feature
The antivurs feature of Combo Cleaner is created with native malware in mind. The scanner has been detected to find any Mac-specific malware but it can also detect and list PC-related malware as well, since it’s virus database updates it’s definitions each hour so that you have protection against the latest malware threats on your computer which are eventful. It includes adware and browser hijacker scanning capabilities while in the same time has a PC-specific malware scanner in order to also protect PC users to which the victim may send PC-specific malware that is hazardous for Windows computers.
Disk Cleaner Feature
The disk-cleaner feature of Combo Cleaner is well-structured and it identifies and categorizes the files in order to help you understand where wasted space can be freed up of junk and obsolete files. The software does this in a user-friendly manner which we found to be intuitive and user-friendly:
One particular feature which we found to be quite useful is the scanning algorithm of Disk Cleaner which aims to allow a scan on the caches, downloads, application logs, trash and other files that are unnecessary a t a click of a button.
Furthermore, the software also has the capability of eliminating Junk files via a robust method for scanning that looks for unused and temporary files, which are not primary.Furthermore, the software also checks browser cache, unused browser data and other information. A particular smart scanning element which we noticed was that the software deleted all of the unnecessary elements from the web browsers of our Mac, but left behind the saved passwords, so that we do not have to change them in case we forgot them – something that happens quite offen, if you use complicated passwords and forget to write them down, while thinking you will forever remember them.
Last but not least, when it comes to the scanning of Combo Cleaner, the software also has the capability of detecting external drives and optimizing them as well.
Duplicate File Finder Feature
Identical files are also in danger if you have this program as it checks for file formats on your drive which are a very wide variety of file formats. In addition to this, the scanner is also capable of finding duplicate files on external hard drives. When we ran a scan with the software, it completed the scan rather fast and detected the duplicated files seconds after we rand the scan. This is likely due to some sort of analysis that may be performed based on the file’s content and size plus other attributes.
Big Files Finder Feature
This particular feature is available for the program and it allows you to decide how to allocate files which are taking a lot of your disk space, but we do believe that it’s rather a self-management helper than an optimization tool, because it does not do an automated clean up of unnecessary files, but rather allows you to decide, which is great, but takes some time to do so.
The good part of this feature when we ran it is that it starts listing files that are above 100 MB immediately and shows them in a categorized manner (movies, documents, etc.) with icons so that the user can see them easily.
App Uninstaller Review
Another useful feature of this program is that it can easify you into uninstalling programs as it quickly searchers trhough your files with It’s algorithm and allows to uninstall several apps at once. At the start, we did not use this feature, but as time went by, we found it to be quite useful indeed.
- Smart scanning which quickly detects unwanted files and other objects.
- Antivirus and Cleaner in one.
- Basically a user-friendly control panel to allow you quick access to all.
- Detects duplicate files based on their structure and data.
- Capable of detecting Windows malware as well.
- The program could have more advanced settings that include on-demand scanning and better scheduling options.
- The software could be improved with phishing and malicious URL protection for the web browsers of Mac devices.