As advertised on TV, MyCleanPC software is intended to repair and improve the performance of your PC, which it claims to accomplish through junk file elimination and registry restoration. Produced by Santa Monica-based CyberDefender.com, MyCleanPC is but one small part of a whole line of products intended to repair, clean, enhance, and fine tune PCs.
How MyCleanPC Works, and What You Should Know
A lot of junk can accumulate on your PC over time, including cookies, browsing histories, random toolbars that may have been part of some other software you downloaded, and even stray files from the uninstall process. These files tend to build up, and if there are too many, can cause performance issues, or even allow viruses to sneak through. If you’ve noticed a significant slowdown in your PCs processing ability, and/or have been using your computer on a frequent basis for at least a year, it may be time for a cleaning.
To get started with MyCleanPC, you can begin by downloading their “free” version. Once installed, the program will automatically begin scanning your computer, and after several moments will provide you with an extensive list of problems that require your immediate attention. But here’s something to keep in mind: Yes, there are probably a few issues that need to be resolved on your computer, but PC optimization software tends to over exaggerate both the number, and the risk. In fact, if you ran MyCleanPC on a brand new computer, it would likely identify some problems even there.
After the list of issues appears in big, bright red text, it’s only natural to be alarmed, and to want to take immediate action. However, in order to do this, you’ll have to pay $19.95. While this may be a little off-putting since you thought you downloaded their “free” version, keep in mind that this is how most PC optimization companies operate today.
Bottom Line – Do You Need MyCleanPC?
While we admit that companies such as MyCleanPC may be useful to a certain extent, this type of software is often targeted at less-than-average PC users. But why is this? Because MyCleanPC knows that above average computer users typically don’t need software such as this, since most of its benefits can be accomplished for free.
However, if you’re intent on using PC optimization software, we’d also recommend CCleaner, ComboFix, which are free, and even paid anti-virus programs such as AVG (free version here), istead of MyCleanPC. Another option you may not be aware of is the premium anti-virus/internet security software available through most major internet providers. For instance, as long as your bill is current, Comcast provides free deluxe versions of Norton 360, while AT&T Uverse offers McAfee. We’d recommend that you contact your provider directly to find out if they provide something similar, and you may never have to pay a dime for anti-virus software again.
If you have any questions about, or need assistance with any other anti-virus software, feel free to contact us directly, and we’ll do our best to provide you with an answer as quickly as possible.
7 out 7 people found this review helpful
Not worth it. Don't try it. Avoid it. Dangerous.
Don't use this product with any computer, wiped out the operating system on my HP Pavilion DV6T-1200 CTO laptop with Windows 7. Completely and utterly destroyed the operating system and killed the hard drive. This product is not safe in my opinion, do not try it and has dangerously costly results.
Wound-up having to replace the hard drive with another of the same type from the company manufacturer and thank God that I had purchased restore disks for Windows 7 from Hewlett-Packard with my laptop when I purchased it.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend