Combo Cleaner: Antivirus and System Optimizer (for Mac computers)
Works with: Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite), Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) and macOS Sierra (10.12)
Combo Cleaner is an antivirus and system optimizer created by a company called RCS LT. This application runs on Mac computers and works with all recent Mac operating systems, including Yosemite, El Capitan, and Sierra. This application takes a different approach as compared to traditional antivirus suites. As well as an antivirus function, Combo Cleaner includes a disk cleaner, big files finder, duplicate files finder, privacy scanner, and application uninstaller. This app can be used to clean computers of security threats and free up significant disk space cluttered by redundant files. Although Mac computers are thought to be more secure than Windows systems, a reliable antivirus solution is paramount.
Today, security researchers see a rise in adware targeted at Mac computers. While adware and potentially unwanted applications are not recognized as 'high risk' security threats, they can lead to annoying pop-ups, privacy issues, identity theft, and dangerous malware infections. Having a reliable antivirus solution prevents these issues. Furthermore, Combo Cleaner employs an antivirus scan engine equipped with Mac and PC virus definition databases. This prevents Mac users from inadvertently forwarding infected email attachments to friends and colleagues who use the Windows operating system.
At time of testing, Combo Cleaner was only available for Mac computers running the Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite), Mac OSX 10.11 (El Capitan), and macOS Sierra (10.12) operating systems.
Combo Cleaner can be downloaded free of charge from the Mac App Store. The free version of this program allows use of the Disk Cleaner feature - scanning the system and allowing removal of Application Caches, Downloads, Application Logs, and Trash. For full access to all other features of this application, users can subscribe to Combo Cleaner’s premium version. The prices are as follows: $2.99 for 1 month; $14.99 for 6 months (16% discount), and; $25.99 for 1 year (28% discount). This is very good value as compared to other applications available in the Mac App Store. For example, legitimate antivirus applications often cost, on average, around $30, duplicate file detectors around $10, and so on. To receive all features available in Combo Cleaner (purchasing separate applications for each function via other suppliers), the cost could amount to $70, whereas Combo Cleaner costs just $3 a month.
This application is available to download on the Mac App Store managed by Apple, so the process is smooth with no complicated steps.
Combo Cleaner is equipped with two virus scan engines. The first checks for Mac-based malware infections and the second scans for PC generic security threats. We tested this antivirus on a virtual machine and it detected all pre-installed adware and malware infections that were causing intrusive pop-up ads in Safari and performing other malicious tasks. We were especially impressed that it also eliminated all infected email attachments. While the infected email attachments were not causing any harm to our Mac-based computer, their elimination ensures that they will not be forwarded to Windows systems where they could execute and cause real damage.
DISK CLEANER - Allows easy removal of Application Caches, Downloads, Application Logs, and Trash. On our test machine, we were able to free up 1,7 gigabytes of useless files using this feature.
BIG FILES - This feature is designed to find big files on the hard disk drive. Old downloads and other obsolete forgotten files can occupy significant amounts of disk space - this feature lists all such files in an easy-to-understand form. This allows easy inspection and removal.
DUPLICATES - This is a duplicate file scanner that scans the hard disk drive and lists all identical files. On our test machine, this feature was capable of detecting duplicate files regardless of file names. Using an 'auto select' button, we were able to easily remove all identical copies of files on our computer.
PRIVACY SCANNER - This feature can be used by computer users who are worried about their privacy. Privacy Scanner allows easy identification and removal of cookies, cache files, browsing history, and other data that (in the wrong hands) could compromise users' privacy. During testing, we also noticed that this feature allows users to perform a full reset of their installed Internet browsers - especially useful if browsers become unstable or are hijacked by adware.
UNINSTALLER - This feature allows users to uninstall any downloaded applications. While Mac users can remove their applications by simply dragging them to trash, the associated files remain, thus resulting in lost disk space. This feature detects all associated application files and eliminates them after the uninstall function has completed.
Given the great Mac malware/adware detection rate, relatively low price, and rich selection of additional features, we highly recommend this product.