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MacBooster Review

IObit MacBooster is a multi-function app that aims to give you a faster, more secure Mac. Besides a selection of junk-cleaning tools, MacBooster offers antivirus and various ways to boost your Mac’s performance.

 

If you’re looking for an app that can take care of cleaning, security, and optimization of your Mac, then MacBooster is likely to be one of your options. But is it actually any good? That’s exactly what you’ll find out in our MacBooster for Mac review.

 

MacBooster summary

DeveloperIObit
PriceFrom $39.95 per year
Websitehttps://www.macbooster.net/
Summary                              MacBooster offers a decent selection of tools at a reasonable price. If you want VPN, though, it’s separate, and the free license is very limited.

 

Before we start

 

Removing junk data from your Mac is easy with MacKeeper. Its Safe Cleanup feature will scour your machine for even more types of unnecessary data than MacBooster, letting you erase it in no time at all.

 

Here’s how to benefit from MacKeeper’s Safe Cleanup:

  1. Open MacKeeper, then select Safe Cleanup.
  2. Click Start Scan.
  3. When the scan is done, select what you remove, and click Clean Junk Files.
  4. Choose to empty or skip your trash.

MacKeeper will do its thing, and you’ll instantly free up some space on your Mac. Not bad, right? Why not try MacKeeper today, and discover just what it can do.

MacBooster's features

Fire up MacBooster, and you’ll find an array of handy tools. Here’s what you get:

1. System Status

System Status summarizes the results of three core tools: System Junk, Virus & Malware Scan, and Turbo Boost. Using this function, you can fix several issues at once, saving disk space, boosting your security, and securing your Mac.

MacBooster's System Status area gives you a summary of core findings, so you can fix several issues in a couple of clicks.

2. System Junk

MacBooster’s System Junk tool finds all kinds of unnecessary data that can safely be removed from your Mac. In just a few clicks, you can give your computer a storage and performance boost.

 

After a scan, System Junk gives you a nice, clear summary of its findings. This puts junk data in categories like iOS software updates, application cache files, and system cache files.

Using MacBooster's System Junk tool, you get a quick visual summary of what you can remove, but you can also drill down into the details.

If you click the Details button, you can dig down further into the results. Here, you’ll see exactly what MacBooster is offering to clean and where it’s stored on your Mac. Then it’s just a case of selecting what you want to remove and clicking Clean.

3. Virus & Malware Scan

Although Apple systems are generally much safer than Windows computers, Macs can get viruses. It’s recommended, therefore, to have an antivirus app installed. With MacBooster, you get the Virus & Malware Scan tool, which promises to find and remove malware and malicious cookies.

In our testing, MacBooster's Virus & Malware Scan tool came up with some false positives and missed our test virus. It also lacks real-time protection.

This feature could do with some improvement. Virus & Malware Scan only offers on-demand scans, rather than real-time protection. Also, when we tested the scanner, it didn’t pick up our test virus, and it told us that the Handbrake video encoding tool was malware. This was enough for MacBooster to tell us we had a Dangerous malware problem.

4. Turbo Boost

Turbo Boost is a set of three features that aim to optimize your Mac’s hard disk (or SSD), disk permission, and disk storage. Click Scan, and MacBooster will come up with a bunch of recommendations for giving your Mac’s performance a bump. When it’s done, just review the results, and click Boost.

 

The three parts of this tool are:

  • Disk Optimization: Clears ‘non-compliant’ cache files and erases index files
  • Disk Permission Optimization: Fixes disk permission issues caused by non-compliant third-party apps
  • Storage Optimization: Optimizes media cache settings to prevent high disk usage.
The Turbo Boost feature in MacBooster claims to enhance the way your Mac's storage is used, but it's not clear how effective it actually is.

While this sounds good, don’t expect miracles. Modern Macs are so fast, you may not notice much difference from using these optimization tools.

5. Memory Clean

Memory Clean shows you how much RAM your Mac is using and how much is free. Simply click Clean, and MacBooster will safely shut down unnecessary background apps, giving you back some free memory. If your Mac is struggling, this can be a quick way to give it a boost.

With MacBooster's Memory Clean, you can quickly and easily close down unneeded background processes, instantly freeing up some of your RAM.

6. Privacy Protection

The Privacy Protection tool lets you clear your browser history and cookies. It also clears Finder’s Recent Items list and your activity in some third-party apps.

MacBooster's Privacy Protection tool lets you clear your history across multiple browsers and apps, including Chrome and Safari.

All of this can be achieved in other ways, though. For example, you can fairly easily delete your browser history in both Chrome and Safari. So why bother with this tool? Convenience—MacBooster lets you delete your history across several apps in just a couple of clicks.

7. Uninstaller

When you delete apps by dragging them to trash, they often leave files and folders behind. MacBooster’s Uninstaller tool aims to fix that problem. Use it to scan your Mac, and it will show you all the apps you can delete from your Mac. Click on an app in that list, and you’ll see more information, including associated data that’s also stored on your Mac.

You can quickly find and remove apps with MacBooster's Uninstaller, along with any files that would normally be left over.

As well as letting you easily and fully delete apps, Uninstaller lets you reset them too. This could be useful if you’re having problems getting an app to launch or behave properly.

8. Startup Optimization

MacBooster’s Startup Optimization tool lets you choose which apps and processes start up with macOS. Although you can already do this in System Settings, MacBooster’s tool is more detailed, letting you disable more processes.

With MacBooster's Startup Optimization tool, you can choose which background apps and processes are allowed to start automatically with macOS.

You can also easily add start-up items or disable them in bulk.

9. Large and Old Files

Not sure what’s using up all your Mac’s disk space? MacBooster’s Large & Old Files tool can help. It lets you see, at a glance, big files and files that you haven’t used for a long time. In many cases, you’ll find these are the same thing—particularly large app installers.

The Large & Old Files tool is an easy way to see what's taking up your disk space, so you can delete it in just a  few clicks.

Just run a scan, select what you want to delete, and click Remove. It’s worth noting, however, that macOS itself features a tool like this.

10. Duplicate Finder

Although sometimes you may want multiple copies of a file, usually duplicates are created accidentally and simply take up valuable space. With MacBooster’s Duplicate Finder, you can quickly and easily scan your Mac for duplicates, and then delete them.

Duplicate files are a waste of your Mac's disk space, but you can find them quickly with the MacBooster Duplicate Finder tool.

Handily, the Duplicate Finder displays a number, telling you exactly how many copies of each file it found. Click on a file on the list to see a preview and a file path.

 

Still, looking to get back some storage? Check out our guide on how to free up disk space on Mac.

11. Photo Sweeper

Photo Sweeper finds not only duplicate photos but also photos that are similar to each other. Using this tool, you can trim down your photo collection, getting rid of shots you don’t need.

The Photo Sweeper finds not only photos that are identical but also ones that look very similar to each other. This means you can trim your collection fast.

Although this tool works fine, it’s a little strange that it’s not just part of the Duplicate Finder. In fact, the latter will find some of the very same files that Photo Sweeper picks up. Nevertheless, it’s useful being able to quickly contrast and compare similar and duplicate photos, before deleting them in just a couple of clicks.

12. Lightning Booster

Available only from MacBooster’s menu bar icon, Lightning Booster lets you use a portion of your Mac’s system memory as storage on your desktop. This is faster than even your Mac’s solid-state drive, and it’s designed to protect your machine’s main drive.

Lightning Booster is accessible through MacBooster's menu bar icon. In our tests, it didn't seem to be working, though.

Turning this on and off is done through a simple toggle. In our test, however, Lightning Booster didn’t seem to work, so we’re unable to say how effective it is.

MacBooster pros and cons

Pros

Cons

A reasonable selection of tools at a good priceNo real-time antivirus protection
Includes an antivirus toolIObit’s iTop VPN is separate and costs extra if you want more than 700MB a day
The Duplicate Finder and Photo Sweeper tools are a great way to remove junkLimited uninstaller compared to similar tools like MacKeeper
 False positives in Virus & Malware Scan

Is MacBooster safe?

Like MacKeeper, MacBooster is notarized by Apple. That means it’s been deemed safe to download and install on your Mac. Make sure to download it from the official website, though, and not a third-party site. MacBooster is also safe to use. It won’t delete anything that isn’t safe to delete, but you should always review its scan results anyway.

What makes MacBooster unique?

Although many of MacBooster’s features are similar to those of other apps, MacBooster put them together in an easy-to-use package. It offers decent value too, with a range of licensing options available for multiple Macs.

1. Depth

MacBooster’s System Junk cleaner lets you drill down into the results. The section on the left sorts results into categories, while the right side gives you the detail.

Some of MacKeeper's depth is hidden away until you decide to drill down into the details. This will reveal more information about the scan results.

2. Speed

With MacBooster, it doesn’t take more than a few seconds to scan your Mac for multiple issues. Of course, the more it has to search through, the longer it will take.

3. Appearance

MacBooster is a highly polished and intuitive app. Using its various tools is straightforward, and you shouldn’t require any assistance.

MacBooster’s pricing

IObit offers a range of different pricing options for MacBooster:

Licence

Price

Macs covered

Details

Standard     $39.95 per year

1

Includes 24/7 support
Premium$59.95 per year

3

Includes priority support and 24/7 support
Lite$99.95 per year

5

Doesn’t include priority or 24/7 support

Comparison: MacBooster vs. MacKeeper

How does MacBooster compare to MacKeeper? Take a look at our table to find out.

 

MacBooster

MacKeeper

Free trial

Junk removal

On-demand antivirus

Real-time antivirus

Disk optimization

Uninstall apps

Remove widgets and extensions

Edit login items

Duplicate finder

Similar photo finder

ID protection

VPN

Ad blocking

Memory cleaner

Adware protection

Update tracking

Is MacBooster right for you?

So should you consider MacBooster? It’s a decent multi-function tool, and it’s priced well. However, it lacks some features that you get with other apps like MacKeeper.

 

While MacBooster is a capable Mac clean-up, security, and optimization tool, MacKeeper offers even more—including built-in VPN, real-time protection, and what we think is the best Mac cleaner app you’re likely to find. Its Safe Cleanup tool lets you remove all kinds of junk from your Mac, including unneeded language files, mail attachments, caches, and other redundancy.  

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