Background Processes of CleanMyMac X

CleanMyMac X is a complex application that performs a whole set of cleaning, maintenance, and protection operations. Some of them require background system information and extended access rights. Since it may seem suspicious, we’re now giving you both insight into major unseen components of CleanMyMac X and more control over them. 

Health Monitor

Health Monitor is CleanMyMac’s background process that keeps you aware of key system readings and warns of potential threats. 

How it works

The Monitor subscribes to system notifications and forwards those related to health statuses to CleanMyMac X. You can view this information any time in CleanMyMac X Menu:

⁠All of the instrument you see, use the info delivered by Health Monitor, in particular: 

  • Memory usage and RAM extensive apps
  • Available disk space on the internal disk and external volumes
  • Current battery state and battery-consuming apps
  • Processor loads and CPU-heavy apps
  • Network usage statistics and current speed
  • List of hung applications
  • Trash levels.

Where else does CleanMyMac use the data from Health Monitor?

  • Real-time protection: To make sure that your new installations are safe, keep Health Monitor running. It informs CleanMyMac about changes on your Mac and triggers a check for malicious software.
  • Health and optimization notifications: CleanMyMac monitors vital system indicators and reminds you about little disk space, RAM deficit, and frozen apps. Also, it offers to uninstall apps completely when you drop them onto the Trash. 
  • Disk space statuses: Health Monitor allows CleanMyMac to calculate the amount of free space on your Mac and show it after cleanup.

How to turn off notifications?

If you don’t want to get any notifications from CleanMyMac, disable them in CleanMyMac X Preferences:

  1. Go to CleanMyMac X main menu.
  2. Choose Preferences > Menu. 
  3. Deselect all unneeded notifications in the Health and Monitoring section. Also, you can disable free space notifications and cleanup the Trash notifications.

Switch to the Protection tab if you want to disable real-time protection too. But please note that all new installations won’t be checked for potential threats in this case. 

Is Health Monitor resource-intensive?

Health Monitor runs behind the scenes unnoticed — it uses but a fraction of the system resources and almost doesn’t affect performance or battery. However, if you, for example, move too many files to the Trash, Health Monitor starts using the resources more actively to recalculate data.

Updater

A new version of CleanMyMac X appears at least once a month and brings cool features and useful improvements. We want to share them with you as soon as possible, and that’s what Updater does successfully. It downloads and installs CleanMyMac updates right after they’re released. 

How it works

Updater is a transparent process that wakes up every 6 hours to check for updates. If there’s something new, the download starts silently. Otherwise, Updater terminates.

How to disable Updater?

  1. Go to CleanMyMac X main menu.
  2. Choose Preferences > Updates. 
  3. Deselect the “Automatically keep CleanMyMac up to date” checkbox. 

Agent

CleanMyMac’s Agent is a “helper” process that dramatically increases the amount of space you can free and lets you uninstall applications completely. 

How it works

When you command CleanMyMac to perform an operation that requires so-called “root privileges,” — for example, deletion of unneeded system files — the system asks your admin password to install CleanMyMac’s Agent. 

As soon as Agent is on board, CleanMyMac can do the following things for you:

  • Remove heavy but unnecessary system files (system cache and logs, unused language files, Xcode junk, etc.)
  • Run maintenance scripts
  • Uninstall AppStore applications and apps involved in system processes
  • Eliminate detected malware threats

If you don’t use CleanMyMac to perform tasks that require privileged access, Agent remains idle. Also, when you quit CleanMyMac, Agent goes out too.  

How to disable Agent?

  1. Open CleanMyMac X main menu.
  2. Choose Action > Deauthenticate.

We hope, now you’re more comfortable with these important CleanMyMac components. However, if you still have questions in this regard, please contact our Customer Care Team.

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