Just about everyone has heard of PC cleaning and optimization software designed to right wrongs and corruption found in operating system files. But the majority of computer cleaners and optimizers were designed for Windows because it needed it the most. Mac OSX used to be vastly superior to Windows in terms of security and stability.
However, over the recent past, Mac systems have started becoming more susceptible to different types of attacks and viruses. Contrary to popular belief, Macs were never completely impervious to viruses. These days, however, it seems that more and more hackers are attack Mac systems. And where there are viruses, there are harmed operating system files, even though OSX is a descendant of BSD.
Also, Windows PC equivalents to OSX systems typically have faster hardware, such as CPUs and memory, for the same price range. Part of this cost difference is due to the fact that Apple systems come loaded with a lot of specialized and proprietary software. At any rate, even Mac systems don’t always make the most efficient use of their computing resources.
There are plenty of settings and configurations that can be fine-tuned to drastically improve your user experience, but they take a little know-how.
Even the majority of Mac users aren’t fluent in terminal commands, and the average user doesn’t always know the best way to go about making a configuration change. Fortunately, MacBooster 4 promises to greatly ease these technical difficulties to help rev up your Mac and send into hyperdrive. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? We’ll find out as we dissect this application, starting with pricing.
MacBooster uses a typical software or digital service pricing model. However, instead of selling their product as a subscription, it is sold as a stand-alone product. So once you buy it, it’s yours for a lifetime, and you will still have access to regular updates. Also, there are three different levels of software.
I did, however, take issue with one aspect of their service. They don’t seem to provide the full-featured package to users who only have one Mac device. So, if you’ve only got 2 Macs to secure and want the full range of features with the premium plan, you’re going to essentially be wasting 3 user licenses. I didn’t like that too much, but nonetheless, the following outlines their pricing model:
- 1 Mac(Lite): $39.95 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here)
- 3 Macs(Standard): $59.95 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here)
- 5 Macs(Premium): $89.95 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here)
Also, I do think that the price is a tad bit on the high side. Equivalent versions of this software for Windows cost about 33%-50% less. However, I suppose there isn’t as much competition in Mac market segments, so their prices are just a reflection of market forces.
Additionally, I was very pleased to see that they offer a 60-day money back guarantee, which is almost unheard of with regards to online services and digital products.
Typically I only see money back guarantees between 7 and 30 days, so you’ll have plenty of time to try it out. I was disappointed to see that they don’t accept Bitcoins, but since it isn’t a security or anonymity tool, I suppose it’s not that big of a deal.
They do, however, accept MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, American Express, Discover, and JCB. Moving on, let’s take a cursory glance at the features included in each version.
The Lite version doesn’t contain any features other than those needed to clean up and speed up your Mac. Like all the other subscriptions, the Lite version does come with lifetime protection. But there’s not really any features other than the core optimization tools.
For instance, it doesn’t even come with 24/7 support or priority support. Though the website does have guides and troubleshooting content, your support calls will still take a back seat to those with higher level subscriptions.
The Standard version includes all of the features of the Lite package but adds some key features. In addition to optimization and cleanup features, the standard version includes real-time protection from threats. Plus, it comes with malware and virus identification and removal tools. I can see why these features are bundled together, especially when you consider how much viruses slow down computers.
In addition to Mac cleanup and antimalware features, the Standard version also comes tools designed to help keep you safe online and protect your privacy. However, I was shocked to see the Standard packages support features. For some reason, even Standard users don’t get access to priority support, and they don’t even get access to 24/7 support, either.
The Premium version is essentially the Standard version with enhanced support. Premium users gain access to round the clock 24/7 support and priority support. I thought that was kind of a letdown because 24/7 support should be available for all package levels.
I could understand if MacBooster wanted to give Priority support to only Premium users, but there are no additional features past support. I would have expected some security or optimization enhancement features.
Advanced Network Care
If you want to, you can select an optional add-on for any of the three packages called Advanced Network Care. Basically, with this feature, a tech will help make sure that your local network is set up correctly and optimized to run as fast as possible.
If you have a moderate technical knowledge and understand concepts like IP addressing, QoS, Wi-Fi connection protocols, and LAN broadcasts, you can probably do all of this on your own.
However, if you know next to nothing about wireless routers, switches, WAN ports, and hardware firewalls, you may very well see value in the network care plan – especially if your home network provides connections to a large number of users.
Common Optimization Features
I did want to take a moment and dig a little deeper concerning the optimization features that are common among all three subscription packages. The first is an addon and extension manager. Unnecessary add-ons can slow down your Mac, bringing its processing power to a grinding halt.
Fortunately, this tool will help clean up your explorer and unburden it from heavy and debilitating addons. In fact, some add-ons are unsafe, and MacBooster will flag them for you. Be warned, however, that sometimes MacBooster will generate a false positive.
Also, I did want to touch on the “junk removal” portion of the cleanup feature. The software will actually run on the entire filesystem and scan for files such as old useless log file, defunct cache files, old application binaries, and other similar types of files and mark them for deletion.
You see, some Macs use solid state disks, which don’t have as much storage capacity as their traditional equivalents. This will greatly reduce wasted disk space while simultaneously helping the Mac run more quickly.
Overall, I think that this is a handy tool that every Mac owner should use – though there are a few caveats. I’m not sure how much I like them as an antivirus and antimalware provider. As stated previously, it only makes sense that they’d bundle antivirus and antimalware protection with an optimization tool.
And I support any product that gets users to actually use antivirus protection in their day to day lives. However, I think I really only like the cleanup and optimization portion of this software, but there’s yet another problem. The basic version is the only one that doesn’t include the antivirus features, but it lacks priority and 24/7 support! That’s more than a little frustrating.
Also, note that if you have more than 1 Mac to speed up but don’t want the antivirus services, you’re out of luck. Personally, I am a single user, so the 1-Mac license would work just fine for me. But others may not have that flexibility and might end up getting stuck with more features than they need in order to meet the right number of required user licenses.